School and Ranking Information
There are only 2 schools in the Jacksonville area with master's-level healthcare management programs. The following schools are available to students in the area for a graduate education in the field:
- Winner: University of Florida, found in Gainesville, is the top school on account of its multiple national rankings from U.S. News & World Report in 2011 and 2013 and for students' success finding employment following graduation from the healthcare management program.
- Runner Up: University of North Florida in Jacksonville follows for its part-time and full-time options for the master's degree in healthcare management and for its 2013 regional rankings assigned by U.S. News & World Report.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Florida||University of North Florida|
|Rankings||32nd among healthcare management graduate programs in 2011*,
17th among top public schools in 2013*,
54th among national universities in 2013*
| 41st among regional universities in the South in 2013*,
16th among top public schools in the South in 2013*
|Location||Gainesville, FL (70 miles from downtown Jacksonville)||Jacksonville, FL|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Graduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$12,590 (in-state)**
|Master's in Healthcare Management Degrees Awarded in 2012||20**||21**|
|Noteworthy||The College of Public Health and Health Professions is part of the university's Health Science Center and the award-winning UF Health.***||Brooks College of Health has many options for financial aid, including scholarships, graduate assistantships and partial tuition waivers.***|
Sources: *U.S. World & News Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Schools' websites
Winner: University of Florida
- Nearly 100% of all MHA graduates are offered jobs after graduation, per the program's website
- In 2008, UF Health was awarded the Governor's Sterling Award, the highest honor from the state of Florida for organizational performance excellence
According to the school's website, UF is the South's largest university; however, the MHA program is competitively small. The 20 MHA degrees awarded in 2012 made up less than 1% of all master's degrees at UF. The college has about 20 faculty members, which suggests small class sizes.
The MHA program offers students many opportunities for professional development, including a weekly seminar with featured healthcare professionals. The seminar is a required course for first- and second-year students each fall and spring semester. Additionally, students are required to complete a paid, full-time internship for up to three months in between their first and second years. This is a 21-month program that requires the completion of 23 courses.
Runner-Up: University of North Florida
- UNF MHA students benefit from being near Mayo Clinic and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, as well as several hospitals, all located in Jacksonville
- The MHA program allows full- and part-time enrollment options for new employment-seekers and returning professionals
Prospective students to UNF's MHA program may have a bachelor's degree in any area of study. If the applicant's undergraduate degree isn't in health administration or business administration, prerequisite courses in accounting and statistics are necessary. UNF's MHA candidates are required to complete a residency with a healthcare organization for the duration of at least one semester and up to a year. The MHA program includes 48 credits of core courses and six elective credits. Core course topics include health law, healthcare leadership, finance and economics.
The Brooks College of Health has many groups for student networking, including the Health Administration Student Association and Upsilon Phi Delta, a national health administration academic honor society. The Department of Public Health has a large faculty with over 15 full-time professors and many adjunct faculty members.