Norwalk-Area Colleges with Health Administration Programs
Students who are interested in managing or administering services in health care organizations have a few academic options in the Norwalk area. This article examines three schools that are no more than 30 miles from downtown Norwalk and looks at the programs they offer. It also features a table of facts about these schools that a prospective student should know, such as school size, tuition and the acceptance rate.
- Sacred Heart University, about 12 miles from downtown Norwalk in Fairfield, offers a bachelor's degree program in health science that is designed to train aspiring health care administrators.
- Western Connecticut State University has a master's program in health administration. This school is about 18 miles from the Norwalk city center.
- About 27 miles from Norwalk in West Haven, the University of New Haven offers students a master's degree program in health care administration with a number of specialization options.
Comparison of Schools
The following table presents important information about each of these schools. It could be useful to an individual who is considering which to attend.
|Sacred Heart University||Western Connecticut State University||University of New Haven|
|School Type||4-year, private, not-for-profit||4-year, public||4-year private, not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||8,543*||5,664*||6,984*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Small city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$39,820 (undergraduate)*||$11,751 in-state; $23,096 out-of-state (average graduate)*||$16,240 (average graduate)*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||99%*||92%*||98%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||60%*||71%*||88%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||84% for full-time students*||73% for full-time students; 38% for part-time students*||79% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for students who began studies in Fall 2011)||72%*||44% (36% transfer-out rate)*||60%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart University is a Roman Catholic college that was founded in 1963 and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in several academic and professional areas of study. Students who are interested in the health sciences and working as health care administrators might want to look into the school's bachelor's degree program in health science.
Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a concentration in Health Care Administration
This concentration offers courses in healthcare policy, healthcare leadership and healthcare administration practice. Elective courses are offered in global health, community and public health, human development and alternative healing modalities. A health research capstone must also be completed.
Western Connecticut State University
Western Connecticut State University features 65 degree and certificate programs, including a master's degree in health administration. This program offers advanced training to experienced health care students and provides them with the training they'll need to manage and lead health care facilities and services.
Master of Health Administration
This program includes evening and Saturday courses so professionals can attend school part-time. The curriculum of advanced classes and electives includes health delivery systems, health services law, leadership and long-term care administration. Students craft their own independent study topics to complete their degree.
University of New Haven
Students can study at this university to prepare for a career in the health care system. In addition to the master's program, students can find a shorter certificate program that offers studies in health administration.
Master of Science in Health Care Administration
This 36-credit master's degree program offers a variety of specialization options, including health informatics, health care policy, population health and public health, and leadership and ethics. Advanced study is offered through course topics like health care organization, management information systems and financial management. Classes are offered in the evenings as well as on weekends. Students who pursue the long-term care concentration will complete a minimum 150-hour internship experience that prepares them to pursue certification as a long-term care administrator in Connecticut.