Top Schools for Health Management and Clinical Administration

Read about programs in health management and clinical administration, which teach students how to plan and oversee the operations and policies of a healthcare facility. Learn about the degree options at four universities, and a find a list of other schools that offer programs for clinical and health administrators.

Health management and clinical administration programs can be found across the country at highly ranked schools. Programs are typically available at the graduate level, although some bachelor's degree programs are also available.

School Overview

The four schools highlighted below include two high-ranking national universities (University of Michigan and Boston University) and two Ivy League institutions (Cornell University and Yale University). Cornell University is the only one of the four universities to offer a bachelor's degree in a relevant field of study; the graduate programs at all four schools lead to a master's or doctoral award. All four are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

School Highlight:Cornell University is home to the Doug Brown Executive in Residence program.

Cornell University ranked tied at 15th on the 2017 'Best National Universities' list by U.S. News & World Report, and also tied at 14th for its graduate healthcare management program. This private, Ivy League school is home to the Sloan Program in Health Administration, available through the College of Human Ecology. The Sloan Program offers a 5-year combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (BA/BS)/MHA in Health Management and Master of Health Administration (MHA), as well as a joint MHA/Master of Business Administration (MBA) in conjunction with the Johnson School of Management. These programs include a combination of theory and practice.

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

School Highlight:Students can attend the University of Michigan's Health Management and Policy Summer Enrichment Program for undergraduates.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor fourth among public schools in the U.S. in 2017 and first for its healthcare management program. The Department of Health Management and Policy at the university's School of Public Health offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Services Research, Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.). Students interested in research or teaching in this field can also pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Health Services Organization and Policy. Graduates can apply to two post-doctoral fellowships, the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program and the Kellogg Health Scholars Program.

Yale University in New Haven, CT

School Highlight:Yale University features the Center for Nicotine & Tobacco Use Research.

Yale University ranked tied at third best college in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2017; the school also tied for 14th for its graduate level Public Health programs. Prospective graduate students who wish to study health management and clinical administration can apply to Yale's Division of Health Policy and Administration through the School of Public Health. The school offers an MPH in Health Policy and MPH in Health Management, as well as a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Administration. Once enrolled, students take courses in social science and learn about the real-world applications of healthcare policies.

Boston University in Boston, MA

School Highlight: BU offers a general MBA program with a health sector specialization.

BU was ranked tied at #17 by U.S. News & World Report for its healthcare management program. The schools offers an MPH program with a certificate in healthcare management. A capstone course is required. The MBA program can be completed on a part-time or full-time schedule.

Top Schools for Health Management and Clinical Administration

Other top schools for health management and clinical administration include:

  • Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, has 14 research centers dedicated to the improvement of health management and clinical administration.
  • Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, sponsors an annual student-run Business of Healthcare Conference.
  • Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, offers a master's degree program in health administration.
  • The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill has a program on health outcomes.
  • The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, has award-winning faculty members, Kevin Volpp and Patricia M. Danzon.
  • The University of Washington in Seattle, WA, has a Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency program.

When choosing a school for health management and clinical administration, students can consider many high-ranking schools that offer a variety of options. These include flexible program schedules and different degree options.

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