Healthcare management studies in Houston are found mainly in public universities. The following schools are considered the top three in Houston based on rankings or distinctions, number of degrees awarded and student populations:
- Winner: The University of Houston - Clear Lake is named to the top spot due to its nationally ranked healthcare management graduate program, and because it awards the highest number of master's degrees in this field of study in Houston. It is also the second-largest school in Houston in terms of enrollment that offers graduate studies in healthcare management.
- Runner Up #1: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ranks as the first runner up based on the number of master's degrees awarded in the field of study and because of its low student-to-faculty ratio.
- Runner Up #2: Placing third is Texas Southern University. The school has the highest enrollment among all Houston-based universities offering graduate studies in healthcare management.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Houston - Clear Lake||University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston||Texas Southern University|
|Rankings/Distinctions||Graduate health care management program ranked #59 among national universities (2011)*||Educates the highest number of healthcare professionals in Texas**||One of the largest historically black universities in the U.S.***|
|Location||Houston, TX||Houston, TX||Houston, TX|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$7,746 (in-state)
|Master's Degrees in Healthcare Administration Awarded in 2012-2013||65****||40****||4****|
|Noteworthy||Started its master's degree program at the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world*****||The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Healthcare Management program stresses interdisciplinary training in the areas of public health**||Master's degree program in health care administration emphasizes the teaching of improvement in the U.S. health care system|
Sources: *U.S. World & News Report; **University of Texas Health Science Center; ***Texas Southern University; ****NCES College Navigator; *****University of Houston - Clear Lake
Winner: University of Houston - Clear Lake
- The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) is offered through the School of Business, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- A combined MHA/MBA program makes it possible to earn both degrees in a shorter amount of time
- Networking and leadership skill development is offered through organizations such as the Healthcare Student Association or Healthcare Financial Management Association
UHCL's MHA program has both online and in-person classes. In-person courses are held at the Texas Medical Center. Core courses cover topics in human resource management, financial management and hospital operations. Other topics addressed include managed care, health information management health policy development. The MHA program provides opportunities for students to receive credit for internships
Runner-Up #1: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- Affiliated with the Texas Medical Center
- Public health school has several research centers, including the Fleming Center for Healthcare Management and the Institute for Health Policy
- Public health school has its own career services office
The Division of Management, Policy and Community Health at this Houston school offers a Master of Public Health in Healthcare Administration that includes courses in strategic management, healthcare ethics and public health administration. Management skills are developed through courses in organizational theory, operations management, decision making processes and finance.
Runner-Up #2: Texas Southern University
- Students may select between a thesis or non-thesis track
- Master's degree program in healthcare administration sponsored by graduate school and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
- The healthcare administration program hosted a course about social injustice in American healthcare, making TSU the first historically black university to offer the course
Texas Southern University offers a program leading to a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. Applicants are required to take prerequisite courses in finance and administration at least one semester before beginning the program. The 2-year program includes classes in healthcare information systems, healthcare law and healthcare management techniques. Students who choose not to write a thesis must complete courses in research and analysis during their second year.