Top School for a Degree in Healthcare Administration - Cincinnati, OH

Students interested in studying healthcare administration in Cincinnati, Ohio, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition, and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

Four schools, including private nonprofit and public institutions, in the Cincinnati area offer programs in healthcare administration. Based upon their graduation rates and U.S. News & World Report rankings, these Cincinnati-area schools are listed below in ranking order:

  • Winner: Ohio State University - Main Campus (OSU) is the top ranked school with a master's degree in healthcare administration and a high ranking among healthcare management programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Runner-Up #1: Xavier University (XU) ranked 32nd among graduate healthcare management programs and offered the second highest graduation rate, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, making it the 1st runner up.
  • Runner-Up #2: University of Cincinnati - Main Campus (UC) offered both undergraduate and graduate programs in healthcare administration and was ranked among national universities by U.S. News & World Report, earning it the 2nd runner up position.
  • Runner-Up #3: Wright State University is located about 50 miles from Cincinnati and offers an MBA program with a concentration in healthcare management.

School Comparison Chart

Category Ohio State University - Main Campus Xavier University University of Cincinnati - Main Campus
Rankings 52nd among national universities in 2014,
14th among healthcare management programs in 2011**
4th among Midwest regional universities in 2014,
32nd among healthcare management programs in 2011**
135th among national universities in 2014**
Location Columbus, Ohio (100.5 miles from Cincinnati) Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $10,037 (in-state, undergraduate), $25,445 (out-of-state, undergraduate); $12,201 (in-state, graduate), $29,513 (out-of-state, graduate)* $10,584 (graduate)* $10,784 (in-state, undergraduate), $25,816 (out-of-state, undergraduate); $14,182 (in-state, graduate), $25,696 (out-of-state, graduate)*
Healthcare Administration Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Master's degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees
Healthcare Administration Degrees/Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 56* 44* 73*
Most Popular Healthcare Administration Program (2011-2012) Master's in Hospital and Healthcare Facilities Administration (29 awarded)* Master's in Healthcare Administration (44 awarded)* Bachelor's in Health Information Administration (73 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class 82%* 78%* 55%*
Noteworthy The school's MHA Alumni Society is listed as one of the strongest in the nation Program features a paid administrative residency Master's program available in an online format

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report.

Winner: Ohio State University - Main Campus

  • 16th among top public schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2014
  • Job placement at the time of graduation from the master's program in health administration is almost always over 95%, according to the school
  • The health administration master's degree program is housed within Ohio's 1st and sole accredited public health college

The College of Public Health offers a Master of Health Administration (MHA) program. The program consists of 60 credit hours and takes full-time students two years to complete. It explores management, health systems, leadership, professionalism, and analytic skills. Most students will be required to participate in a paid summer residency program in a health organization to gain valuable real-world experience in healthcare administration from experienced proctors. The Fisher College of Business also offers a dual MHA/MBA program, while the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences offers a bachelor's degree in health information management and systems. In addition to courses in healthcare delivery, healthcare law and healthcare statistics, bachelor's students complete a seminar and internship.

Runner-Up #1: Xavier University

  • Ranked in the top 10 among Midwest regional universities for the last 18 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report
  • According to the school, Xavier is the 6th oldest Catholic university in the nation

The Master of Health Services Administration program is available through Xavier University's College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education. This program can be taken on a full- or a part-time basis. The full-time program is 64 credit hours, including 10 hours of a residency project, while the part-time program consists of 60 credit hours, including 10 hours of a practicum project. In both the full- and part-time programs, students can benefit from participating in a paid residency project for 8-12 months. The program includes coursework in epidemiology, health policy analysis, physician relations, clinical management, population-based planning, and provider payment strategies, as well as hands-on training through projects and participation in professional associations, like the ACHE Graduate Student Chapter.

Runner-Up #2: University of Cincinnati - Main Campus

  • 83% of full-time beginning undergraduate students received some form of financial aid in 2011-2012, according to NCES
  • The bachelor's program prepares students for the Registered Health Information Administrator certification exam
  • Both the undergraduate and graduate program are offered through distance learning formats

UC's College of Allied Health Sciences offers Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management Administration and Master of Health Administration programs in a distance learning only format. Courses in the bachelor's degree program include marketplace dynamics in healthcare, epidemiology in improving healthcare, and global health and health systems, among others. The master's degree program strives to prepare its graduates for healthcare leadership positions by focusing the coursework on leadership, inter-professional relationships, and being socially responsible within the healthcare system.

Runner-Up #3: Wright State University

  • The university is affiliated with seven hospitals in the Dayton area
  • 74% of full-time beginning undergraduate students received grant or scholarship aid, according to NCES

Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine and Raj Soin College of Business offer a healthcare management concentration through the MBA program at the Center for Global Health. Within the concentration, students complete courses in health resource management, strategic leadership, and financial management. Students examine management techniques used in both traditional and public health services, organizational behavior principles, and operation budgeting. A graduate certificate in healthcare management is also available.


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