Many of the schools offering health care management or administration programs are located in southern Wisconsin, particularly near Milwaukee. Programs are commonly available at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Health care management may be the main area of study or it may be offered as a concentration within a larger business administration program. Additionally, one school listed below offers a doctoral degree in biomedical and health informatics with a health services management concentration. Depending on the school, students may also be able to earn a certificate or degree program minor in the field. Some degree programs integrate an internship or a practicum, allowing students to gain experience in the field.
Read on to learn about the various public and private universities in Wisconsin offering relevant training options.
Cardinal Stritch University
Founded in 1937, Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee serves as the largest Franciscan institution of higher education in the continent. The school offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a Master's of Business Administration. Within this program, students can choose to focus on health care management. In addition to specialized coursework, students of this program are required to complete a capstone project whereupon they outline a management strategy for a health care organization. Based near suburban Milwaukee, this relatively small school has campuses throughout the Midwest and served just over 3,000 students in the 2015-2016 school year.
Concordia University of Wisconsin
Founded by Lutherans, Concordia University has been a part of Mequon for just over 20 years of its nearly 130-year history. It's 1989 change from a college to a university made it the first university in the Missouri Synod system, of which Concordia is a member. The school offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors, including one in health care management. This program is available as part of the accelerated adult education programs. Students can also earn a certificate or minor in health care management. Courses include topics in financial issues, ethical considerations and other aspects unique to managing in a health care environment. Completion of this program qualifies students to take Wisconsin's nursing home administrator exam.
Located on the shores of Lake Winnebago in Fond du Lac, Marian University offered its first bachelor's degree in 1941. Since then, the Catholic University of America-affiliated school has grown to offer over 40 majors. As a part of its business school, students can earn a bachelor's in business administration with a concentration in health administration. In addition to the 18 health care-specific credits, students also engage in an internship with one of the area health organizations. Marian seeks to make this program available to a variety of students, offering evening classes as well as expanded locations in Appleton and West Allis.
Ottawa University - Milwaukee
Though physically located in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, the parent institution of Ottawa University - Milwaukee was founded in Ottowa, Kansas. Over 7,000 students are served by this institution, which includes professional development campuses in Kentucky, Arizona and Wisconsin. The Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management is offered in both a clinical and non-clinical track. Designed for students without a prior health care credential, the non-clinical track adds courses in medical terminology and health care delivery systems. Ottawa's health care management programs are also available online.
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
This University of Wisconsin System member sits less than two hours east of the Twin Cities, in the Wisconsin city of Eau Claire. Serving nearly 11,000 students, UW - Eau Claire was ranked 33rd among Midwest colleges by U.S. News and World Report in 2016. This highly ranked public university offers a bachelor's program in health care administration. Offered for over thirty years, this program is one of only seven such programs in the nation accredited by the National Accrediting Board (NAB) and has been offered for over 30 years. As part of the curriculum, students also apply for a 50-week practicum at an area health care institution. These practicums are competitive. As a part of the College of Business, students must earn 54 credits with a 2.75 GPA and take part in a Student Professional Development Program Workshop before declaring health care administration as a major.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Ranked number 41 out of all national universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2016 guide, the University of Wisconsin's flagship campus in the state capital of Madison serves over 42,000 students. Founded in 1848, the venerable 'public ivy' does not offer a full program in health care management. A health care management specialization, however, is available for students pursuing a bachelor of business administration from the school's college of business. Specialization requires three electives picked from a catalog of roughly 20 courses. The College of Business is competitive, admitting approximately 60 percent of applicants annually.
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Located in Wisconsin's largest city, Milwaukee, this University of Wisconsin system member is arguably the most diverse in the state. The school is home to a nationally recognized LGBT center, as well as the largest population of student veterans. The University of Milwaukee is one of the only schools in Wisconsin to offer graduate-level programs in areas of health management, including doctoral and MBA tracks. The undergraduate program can be taken as a major or a minor.
Wisconsin licenses nursing home administrators through a vetting process. Select health care management programs qualify graduates to take the nursing home administrator exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Health Care Management Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Cardinal Stritch University||Private, not-for-profit four-year; large suburb||Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care|| Graduate:
|Concordia University-Wisconsin||Private, not-for-profit four-year; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management||$29,450|
|Marian University||Private, not-for-profit four-year; small city||Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Care Administration||$27,400|
|Ottawa University-Milwaukee||Private, not-for-profit four-year; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management||$12,221|
|University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire||Public, four-year; small city||Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Care Administration|| $8,820 in-state
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||Public, four-year; midsized city||Bachelor of Business Administration with Health Care Management Specialization|| $10,555 in-state
|University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee||Public, four-year; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration,
Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management,
Doctorate of Medical and Health Informatics, Health Services Management track
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics