Top Schools for Health Care Administration

Read about programs in healthcare administration, through which students learn how to plan, implement and manage healthcare services. Find information about the programs at four top universities, as well as a list that highlights other schools in the U.S. with programs in healthcare administration.

Healthcare administration programs are typically found at the master's or doctoral degree level, and are available at many highly rated schools.

School Information

In general, degree programs in healthcare administration are offered at the graduate level and can lead to a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Health Services Administration or Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). Programs can be found at the four national universities below, which include the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Boston University in Boston, MA and University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, an Ivy League school. All four schools are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

School Highlight: The University of Michigan was ranked first among healthcare management programs in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.

The department offers graduate degrees in healthcare administration, including a Master of Healthcare Administration and a variety of Master of Public Health programs. Undergraduate students interested in a career in healthcare administration can take advantage of the school's summer enrichment program.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

School Highlight: The University of North Carolina offers a Cancer Care Quality Training Program.

The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill is a large public school that includes the Gillings School of Global Public Health, which U.S. News & World Report ranked tied at fifth for its healthcare management program in 2016. The university offers an MHA program, available to residential full-time and executive part-time students. A a residential Doctor of Public Health program is also available.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

School Highlight: An undergraduate concentration in healthcare management and policy is offered by the University of Pennsylvania.

The University of Pennsylvania, one of eight Ivy League schools in the country, ranked tied at 8th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The Health Care Management Department is located in the Wharton School of Business. It offers an undergraduate concentration in healthcare management and policy, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Health Care Management and a Ph.D. in Health Care Management and Economics. The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business is home to five facilities used by the Health Care Management department including the Center for Health Management and Economics.

Boston University in Boston, MA

School Highlight: A night-time MBA program with Health Sector Management certificate is available.

Boston University was ranked tied at 39th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The school offers a full-time health sector MBA, as well as MBA+MD and MBA+MPH joint degrees. A mentoring program is available.

Top Healthcare Administration Schools

Other top healthcare administration schools include:

  • Columbia University in New York, NY, has a campus-based Healthcare Industry Association (HCIA).
  • Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, offers a 5-year Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (B.A./B.S.) and an MHA fast-track program.
  • Located in Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University has the Seasonal Health Policy and Management Institutes.
  • Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, has a Health Enterprise Management Mentor Program.
  • Located in Minneapolis, MN, the University of Minnesota's Master of Health Care Administration program ranked tied at third by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
  • At the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, 94% of graduates found employment in the field within 3 months of graduation.

When choosing a healthcare administration program at a top school, students may consider options that include program flexibility, degree options, and mentoring opportunities.


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