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Top 20 Small Colleges for Healthcare Management Degrees 2015

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By Kristen Fescoe
Published July, 2015

Across the country, there is a wide variety of colleges and universities offering Healthcare Management degrees. As more and more schools are offering training in this area, students have the flexibility of finding a program that will work to fit their personal, academic and career needs. While many students seek a large college campus experience, there are many who would much prefer a smaller campus. A small campus has many benefits to students enrolled. These smaller schools tend to have much smaller student to teacher ratios and class sizes. Students typically have the opportunity to work more closely with faculty members and mentors on a variety of activities ranging from research to independent study projects. Many small college campuses also offer a more intimate setting for students to bond with their peers. There are many students hoping to pursue a career in Healthcare Management who will benefit from the strengths of a small college campus.

Ranking Methodology for Healthcare Management Degrees at Small Colleges

The goal of this ranking list is to outline the top twenty small colleges in the United States offering training in Healthcare Management. In order to be considered, a school must have an enrollment of less than 10,000 students. Factors considered:

College Ranking

The first consideration was whether or not a school has been granted acknowledgement by a national ranking body. The major source of such national notoriety comes from the US News and World Report Best Colleges List. The particular rankings considered include Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management, National Ranking, National Liberal Arts College Ranking, Up and Coming Ranking and Best Value Ranking.

Points:
US News and World Report Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management Ranking:
Top 50 / Top 25 / Top 10 / Top 5
1 Point / 2 Points / 3 Points / 5 Points

US News and World Report Best National University Ranking / Best National Liberal Arts College Ranking:
Top 50 / Top 25 / Top 10
1 Point / 2 Points / 3 Points

US News and World Report Best Value Ranking / Most Up-and-Coming College Ranking:
Top 50 / Top 25 / Top 10
1 Point / 2 Points / 3 Points

US News and World Report Top 25 Regional College or University Ranking: 1 point

Overall Cost of Attendance

The next factor being considered is the overall annual cost of attendance. Schools offering Healthcare Management degrees that manage to keep student costs low are given higher consideration. While many small colleges offer some of the highest quality educational experiences, they often come with a higher than average price tag. Those schools that keep their cost of attendance lower receive a higher ranking on this list. Each individual college or university reported the tuition data.

Points:
Under $30,000 / $30,000 – $39,999/ $40,000 and above:
3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

Admission Rates

Consideration was also given to the percentage of students applying who are admitted to the school. While this can be a measure of the selectivity of the school, it can also mean that it is unattainable for a large number of potential students. Schools with higher admissions rates are given a higher ranking.

Points:

Admission Acceptance Rate of 50% or greater: 2 points

Accreditation

In order to be included in this ranking list, an appropriate ranking body must regionally accredit each college or university. Those schools that have received additional accreditation are given an edge over schools without the stamp of accreditation. Schools granted CAHME, AACSB, AUPHA or CEPH accreditation earned 1 extra point per accreditation.

Points:

CAHME, AACSB, AUPHA or CEPH Accreditation: 1 Point each

Grading Process

Once the points have been tallied, the schools are arranged into groups by the amount of points they have earned. In the cases of ties, preference was given to those schools that were ranked higher on the US News and World Report Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management list followed by the school with the lower tuition rates. The primary goal of this list is to highlight the best Small Colleges in the United States offering training in Healthcare Management. Specializations, awards and achievements earned by the school or department have also been noted.

Ranking the Top 20 Small Colleges for a Health Care Management Degree Program

#20 – Seton Hall University – South Orange, New Jersey

Seton Hall University Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe College of Arts and Sciences

Points: 3
Enrollment: 5,839
Master of Health Administration

Program Website

The Master of Healthcare Administration degree program (MHA) at Seton Hall is designed to train future Healthcare Administrators who will be ready to lead and manage in the complex and evolving healthcare industry. The MHA Degree program is offered as both an online healthcare degree and in an on-campus format to increase flexibility for students. Both formats of the MHA program have been created for current professionals who plan to further their healthcare-related careers as well as those with an interest in pursuing a healthcare management career. The program attracts students from healthcare systems, hospitals, assisted living facilities, medical group practices, managed care organizations, home care agencies, pharmaceutical companies, management consulting firms and industries that supply services to healthcare organizations. Some of the major program highlights include:

  • The MHA curriculum outlines the most important and modern healthcare topics and current issues facing the leaders of this field
  • The esteemed professors work directly with experienced healthcare practitioners to add real-world experiences to the curriculum
  • The class sizes are intentionally small, with no more than 15-20 students enrolled
  • The 42-credit program can be completed either as an online healthcare degree or in an on-campus format in as little as two years
  • Graduates of this program move forward and become leaders in diverse healthcare positions

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #52
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#126 Best National University
Annual Tuition: $36,926
Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Administration
Admission Rate: 79.2%
Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#19 – Armstrong State University – Savannah, Georgia

Armstrong State College Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe College of Health Professionals

Points: 5
Enrollment: 6,377
Master of Health Services Administration and Master of Public Health

MPH Program Website

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at Armstrong offers students training in the theory, knowledge, and skills of public and community health. The MPH program prepares students with a thorough framework in the five core areas of public health, including health promotion, health services administration, epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental health sciences. The program has a strong emphasis in Community Health Education, which exposes students to specialized training in health promotion and education methods, health communication, program planning and evaluation, and program management. The MPH program keeps their class sizes small with very individualized plans of study. Students in this program must fulfill the requirements of 10 core courses, 3 electives, and 6 hours of practicum, for a total of 45 semester hours. The majority of motivated students complete the program within eight semesters. Classes are typically offered in the evening, which allows working students to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Graduates from the MPH program receive necessary training in the fundamental concepts of public health practice and will also gain specialized skills in community-based health promotion.

MHSA Program Website

The Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree program offers students the opportunity to focus their graduate training on the management and administration of health services delivery within a range of healthcare settings. Students with a desire to create, implement, and manage direct health delivery will learn the essentials of strategic development, marketing, administration, finance, and the nuances of the skill set required to help those who maintain the direct well-being and care of others. Students in the MHSA program benefit from the luxury of small class sizes, individualized plans of study, accessible professors, and a helpful support staff with many years of experience. This MHSA program is the only program with program-specific accreditation to provide a graduate health services management education in the state of Georgia outside of metropolitan Atlanta. Students also report that the location of Armstrong, which is conveniently located near various health service organizations in Savannah, is a strong benefit during the course of study, specifically as they begin to apply their classroom learning to experiential opportunities.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: 68
Additional US News and World Report Ranking: None
Annual Tuition: $5,934
Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Services Administration
Master of Public Health
Admission Rate: 67.8%
Accreditation:
Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#18 – Widener University – Chester, Pennsylvania

Widener University Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe School of Business Administration

Points: 5
Enrollment: 3,534
Master of Business Administration

Program Website

The Healthcare MBA offered by the School of Business Administration prepares graduates for important roles in the healthcare industry and provides the skills that make individuals a valuable part of the healthcare system. This program has a legacy of a strong alumni network of professionals currently working in leadership roles throughout many major healthcare firms. This network speaks to the many benefits offered by the healthcare MBA program and the significant difference it can make in pushing a career forward. In 2014, the Healthcare MBA program had a 100 percent graduation rate and expects to maintain this level of success. Additionally, 92 percent of graduates were employed within three months of graduation. Students have the flexibility of pursing this MBA either as an online healthcare program or in an on-campus format. The choice between a traditional format and an online format means that you can fit an MBA program into your busy schedule with no negative impact on your job and family responsibilities. Students can study full-time or part- time, taking as little as a year or as long as four years to complete the program. Students also have the option to pursue a dual-degree program (supported in conjunction with Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University), which has been designed to award the MD/MBA-HCM degrees within just five years.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #64
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#189 Best National University
Annual Tuition: $39,830
Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration with Concentration in Health Care
Admission Rate: 67.3%
Accreditation:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#17 – Marymount University – Arlington, Virginia

Marymount University Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe School of Business Administration

Points: 5
Enrollment: 2,396
Master of Science

Program Website

The mission of the Master of Science in Healthcare Management degree program is to “prepare students to compete in the current healthcare management marketplace.” The program has been designed to guide students to develop more efficient management and leadership skills, while also enhancing their knowledge of policy on healthcare issues. Upon graduation from this program, students are qualified to fill positions where they can offer the highest professional standards in creating, investigating and implementing effective healthcare delivery systems and policies for diverse populations. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

Evaluate specific healthcare challenges within an ethical and professional framework, using:

    • Application and promotion of ethical and moral standards
    • Application of professional standards
    • Ethics in business and clinical decision making
    • Promotion of quality outcomes

Analyze, develop and implement policy at both the government and organizational level, using:

      • Systems thinking
      • Evaluation of current and historical policy
      • Responsiveness to regulatory and policy directives
      • Knowledge of organizations’ policies
      • Policy analysis and application
      • Policy advocacy

Effectively administer healthcare organizations or departments, using:

      • Oral and written communication skills
      • Application of information technology systems and knowledge to healthcare settings
      • Problem solving
      • Project planning and implementation
      • Financial skills
      • Human resources management
      • Economic analysis
      • Statistical analysis and application
      • Process management
      • Population and status assessment

Develop strategies that promote the success and ongoing improvement of the organization, using:

      • Strategic orientation
      • Leadership
      • Performance measurement
      • Effective team participation
      • Interpersonal awareness and emotional intelligence
      • Innovative thinking and action

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #64
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#37 Best College or University in the Southern Region of the United States
Annual Tuition: $27,470
Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Healthcare Management
Admission Rate: 82.5%
Accreditation:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#16 – University of Saint Thomas – St. Paul, Minnesota

University of Saint Thomas Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe Opus College of Business

Points: 5
Enrollment: 6,350
Master of Business Administration

Program Website

The Opus College of Business has created an MBA program that uses an innovative combination of traditional on-campus learning along with distance learning. This combination allows students the opportunity to take advantage of career advancement opportunities to modernize and produce value in the healthcare system. The program is based on a cohort model where a 25-30 student cohort will begin the program together and move through the 21-month program with the same group of professionals. All online classes and campus visits are completed as a cohesive group where students form strong personal and intellectual bonds. The cohort group draws upon the diverse experiences of each individual to provide real-world examples and actual case studies to further the academic experience. The cohort group has proven to be a valuable networking tool and resource long after graduation. Students will complete three-day sessions on the Minneapolis campus where they receive concentrated, face-to-face work with faculty and fellow students. These on-campus sessions introduce each course and offer the chance to complete interactive group exercises and case studies, as well as learn from guest speakers and special programs that focus on professional development and current issues in healthcare. The remainder of the coursework and class meetings are conducted fully online, creating greater flexibility for working professionals. Class times are not a formal set time, so each student can complete coursework according to his or her own schedule. The department utilizes live meeting technology to provide opportunities for direct interaction and group discussion. For students who cannot participate in a meeting at the time they are scheduled, they will be recorded for future review.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #57
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#113
Annual Tuition: $34,442
Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration with Concentration in Healthcare
Admission Rate: 86.2%
Accreditation:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#15 – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Little Rock, Arkansas

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe Department of Public Health

Points: 5
Enrollment: 2,890
Master of Public Health, Master of Healthcare Administration and Doctor of Philosophy

Master’s Programs Website

The Department of Public Health offers several degree options for individuals interested in pursuing a career in Public Health. The first option is the Master of Public Health degree program. This is a forty-two credit hour program designed to accommodate those students who plan to obtain an area of concentration in traditional public health specialties. The specialty tracks that are offered include:

      1. Biostatistics
      2. Epidemiology
      3. Environmental and Occupational Health
      4. Health Behavior and Health Education
      5. Health Policy and Management
      6. Rural Public Health Practice

Students who declare a specialty area of interest will choose an academic advisor from members of the faculty of the department related to that particular area of public health specialization. All students must complete two capstone courses as part of the MPH curriculum. The first is a “preceptorship,” or field experience, which requires students to complete a minimum of 200 hours of work in a public health-related activity, under the joint supervision of a qualified specialist in public health practice and a COPH faculty member. The second is a “culminating experience project,” where students are required to integrate and incorporate information and apply theory and principles learned to an area of public health practice. The goal of the project is the preparation of a manuscript for publication, a health policy proposal, a research proposal for submission, or equivalent, upon approval from the Culminating Experience Project Advisory Committee (IPAC).

The second degree option is the Master of Health Administration (MHA). This program prepares students for careers as administrators in health organizations, institutions, and agencies involved in the provision, financing, insuring, or regulation of healthcare. The curriculum is designed for completion in a developmental sequence, with each semester’s curriculum building upon previously completed courses. Students are required to complete a summer experiential course, which offers hands-on experience in a healthcare organization that fits each student’s areas of interest. MHA students are also required to complete a one-year, post-degree fellowship.

Doctor of Philosophy Programs Website

In addition to the master’s level programs, motivated students in the Public Health sector can pursue their doctoral degree. The Doctor of Public Health in Public Health Leadership (DrPH-PHL) degree program offers comprehensive training in the public health sciences, public health practice, and leadership skills necessary to work in the constantly evolving and often challenging world of public health and healthcare systems. The focus of the DrPH-PHL program is to train public health leaders who will be able to incorporate public health science into public health practice, apply models and theories in public health to chronic and emerging issues in practice, and demonstrate leadership in working with public health teams.

The second doctoral level option is the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology. This program is designed for students with an interest in conducting advanced research in epidemiology or teaching epidemiology at higher institutions of learning. The 3-5 year program begins with two years of residency, where students are dedicated to completion of the required coursework (90-92 semester credit hours and practice in research). There is then an additional 1-3 years expected to complete the dissertation research. The actual coursework for the PhD program consists of 50 credit hours of instruction. The remaining 40-42 credit hours constitute prerequisites that will be credited towards meeting the Epidemiology MPH requirements.

The next option is the PhD in Health Systems and Services Research. This doctoral level program delivers the theoretical and methodological foundations required to conduct innovative, independent research on health systems, with a focus on outlining paths to better health system performance through evidence-based policy and management. The curriculum includes rigorous and attentive study in the theoretical perspectives and methodological strategies relevant to research on the organization, financing, and delivery of health services, including issues of quality, accessibility, efficiency, and equity within systems of care. Students in this PhD will acquire academic proficiency in these areas of study, superior skills in quantitative research methods, confidence in their teaching, and a high standard of scientific integrity and professionalism.

The final degree option is the PhD in Health Promotion and Prevention Research. This degree is conferred by the UAMS Graduate School “in recognition of scholarly achievement evidenced by a period of successful advanced study, the satisfactory completion of prescribed examinations, and the defense of a dissertation addressing a significant issue relevant to social and behavioral sciences in public health.” The curriculum included in this program offers rigorous training in basic and applied research methodology that will allow public health scientists to serve as lead investigators who will develop independent research. The program is a part of the interdisciplinary environment of an academic health sciences center and is in the unique position to advance the “understanding of interactions among biological, behavioral and cultural processes that are associated with the etiology and prevention of major chronic illnesses that constitute a significant public health challenge in Arkansas.”

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #52
Additional US News and World Report Ranking: None
Annual Tuition: $24,134
Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology
Doctor of Public Health in Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Doctor of Public Health in Health Systems and Services Research
Doctor of Public Health in Public Health Leadership
Master of Healthcare Administration
Master of Public Health
Master of Public Health with Concentration in Biostatistics
Master of Public Health with Concentration in Epidemiology
Master of Public Health with Concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health
Master of Public Health with Concentration in Health Behavior and Health Education
Master of Public Health with Concentration in Health Policy and Management
Master of Public Health with Concentration in Rural Public Health Practice
Admission Rate: Data Not Available
Accreditation:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#14 – Union College – Schenectady, New York

Union College Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe School of Management

Points: 5
Enrollment: 2,246
Master of Business Administration

Program Website

The Union College MBA in Healthcare Management prepares students for the rigorous world of business combined with the service of healthcare. The curriculum utilized by this program provides students with a strong framework of business fundamentals through required core courses, in addition to courses specializing them in the healthcare industry. Courses for this MBA are available either as an online healthcare program or on-campus. The program offers a mixture of business theory and experiential learning in practical healthcare business applications, preparing students for business leadership positions in a wide range of disciplines in the ever-changing healthcare industry. This program is one of only 28 programs in the country to offer both AACSB and CAHME accreditation, meaning this MBA with healthcare training is a degree that sets graduates apart from the competition. Full-time students generally complete the program in two years. However, many students choose to accelerate this through accepted waivers for courses successfully completed at other schools. Many healthcare management students attain top-notch paid internships with well-known and respected regional healthcare organizations such as Capital District Physician’s Health Plan, Albany Medical Center and The Stratton Veteran’s Administration. Graduates of this program typically move on to successful careers with organizations such as Mount Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, NYU Medical Center and Veterans Administration Healthcare System.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #47
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#41 Best National Liberal Arts College
Annual Tuition: $48,384
Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration with Healthcare Specialization
Admission Rate: 37.3%
Accreditation:
The Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities, Incorporated
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#13 – University of Southern Maine – Gorham, Maine

University of Southern Maine Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe School of Business

Points: 6
Enrollment: 7,098
Master of Business Administration

Program Website

The University of Southern Maine’s School of Business supports an MBA Program in Business Administration, Health Management & Policy Concentration. The USM School of Business is located in Portland, Maine, and boasts a nationally recognized faculty. The School is home to many serious, career-minded students who work collaboratively with New England’s business leaders to create academic and real world, practice-based partnerships inside the classroom and inside the business place. This MBA program was created to meet the growing need for healthcare managers throughout Maine and beyond. The concentration in Health Management and Policy offers MBA students a basic understanding of the American healthcare system, the public and private financing systems that underlie the massive investment in this sector, the policy and social context of health and healthcare, and the challenges and opportunities awaiting those working in or preparing for careers in the health field. Graduates of this program are prepared to become the future leaders of healthcare who will motivate economic growth by providing quality learning opportunities, valuable research, and professional service, all in partnership with the business community.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #57
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
Annual Tuition: $8,920
Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration with Concentration in Healthcare
Admission Rate: 82.2%
Accreditation:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#12 – Texas Women’s University – Denton, Texas

Texas Womens University Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe Graduate School

Points: 6
Enrollment: 9,515
Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration

Program Website

The Texas Women’s University’s (TWU) Healthcare Administration (MHCA) degree program’s mission is to better the overall practice of healthcare administration. The program is designed to cater to full-time professionals currently working in a variety of local health services organizations, offering all courses in a part-time, evening format. The curriculum employs various teaching styles combined with guest lecturers from different healthcare arenas to help foster the learning experience. The study body is a combination of working healthcare professionals and adults seeking to enter the healthcare field, making for a stimulating classroom and networking environment for all students. The MHCA program is organized to arm students with all the skills and tools they will need to succeed in the workplace.

In addition to the MHCA program, by special arrangement, students in the Healthcare Administration degree program are given the opportunity to obtain a concurrent Master of Business Administration (MBA) through the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas. Students gather both the fundamental set of health services management skills through the MHCA program as well as the specialized business training provided by the MBA program. Students accepted into this program must first complete the MHCA degree program requirements. They then apply to the St. Thomas MBA program in their last semester of the MHA Program.

In addition to the MHCA degree, TWU also offers MBA, MHSM, and Executive MBA (EMBA) degrees. The MBA, Master’s in Health Systems Management (MHSM), and EMBA degrees are offered by the School of Management and require a separate application process. The MHCA degree is offered by the College of Health Sciences (Houston campus only). Students seeking both MBA and MHCA degrees must apply and be accepted by each program/school individually. Acceptance in the MBA/MHSM/EMBA programs do not guarantee acceptance into the MHA-HCA program and vice versa. The EMBA Degree Program also offers a healthcare training concentration in Health Systems Management. That concentration is only available on the Denton campus or online through the School of Management HSM course work.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #57
Additional US News and World Report Ranking: None
Annual Tuition: $7,560
Degrees Offered:
Master of Healthcare Administration
Concurrent Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration
Concurrent Master of Healthcare Administration and Executive Master of Business Administration
Admission Rate: 86%
Accreditation:
Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#11 – Xavier University – Cincinnati, Ohio

Xavier University Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe College of Social Sciences, Health and Education

Points: 6
Enrollment: 4,652
Master of Health Services Administration

Program Website

The Master of Health Services Administration degree program at Xavier has been in existence since 1958, and since its formation has developed a strong reputation for success in the field of Health Services Administration. Graduates of this program must complete an administrative residency or practicum, at which point they are awarded a Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree. This program, like all programs at Xavier, is taught in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. The mission of the Graduate Program in Health Services Administration (GPHSA) is to “educate knowledgeable, highly skilled, values-oriented future leaders who will contribute to the health of society by continuously improving the management of health related organizations through employment in decision support, managerial and/or executive positions.” The faculty and staff work towards the accomplishment of this mission by the following means:

      • Challenging students in the classroom and in experiential field experiences, including internships and required residencies, to think critically, apply classroom learning to organizational experiences, and grow the necessary executive skills
      • Developing personal and social cooperative relationships with faculty and healthcare practitioners to move toward innovations in teaching and the delivery of direct health services
      • Incorporating research, scholarship, and collaborative projects into the classroom experiences and fieldwork

The Vision Statement of the Health Services Administration Program is to become “nationally recognized as an outstanding program providing both health services administration education on the graduate level and continuing education for current healthcare managers and leaders.”

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #29
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#5 Best College or University in the Midwestern Region of the United States
Annual Tuition: $33,000
Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Services Administration
Admission Rate: 70%
Accreditation:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#10 – Texas A & M University Health Sciences Center – Round Rock, Texas

Texas A M Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe Department of Health Policy and Management

Points: 7
Enrollment: 1,954
Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The Department of Health Policy and Management offers several degree programs in the training of future Health Policy Leaders and Managers. The first degree offering is the Master of Public Health (MPH). The mission of the MPH program is to “develop effective public health policy makers, leaders, and practitioners through education, practice, research and service to advance the public’s health, especially rural or underserved communities.” The program upholds the vision of developing into a leader among programs that work to train public health policy makers, leaders, and practitioners who will offer leadership within organizations, communities, state, and the nation. The curriculum used in this program is based in a focused commitment to ethics, integrity, and service while in the practice of public health’s major functions of assessment, policy development and assurance.

The next degree program is the Master of Health Administration (MHA). The MHA program is a professional degree program created for students interested in pursuing Administrative Practice in health service-related settings. Students can choose from two options in which to earn the MHA degree:

      1. Resident MHA for students embarking on their career in health administration
      2. Executive MHA for currently employed, mid-career healthcare professionals

Both options for the MHA Degree will offer students an innovative and comprehensive academic experience, which includes the fundamental disciplines of the schools of public health that have become increasingly important in health administration. The MHA program in grounded in the ethically based philosophy that health services managers and leaders must be qualified to offer relevant direction in meeting the needs of the populations their organizations serve. The MHA program has developed a network of professional relationships with healthcare practitioners throughout the country, with notable assistance from its own alumni and from one of the nation’s strongest alumni networks, the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Services Research was created to train students in the best ways to conduct top-notch research tackling relevant health services issues. The PhD program receives research support from the Center for Healthcare Organizational Transformation, the Program on Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care, and from the Southwest Rural Health Research Center. This program prepares students for careers in research or teaching, addressing issues related to access, cost, or quality in healthcare. Students receive intensive training in empirical research methods and opportunities for advanced training in health policy, organization theory, and health economics along with applied knowledge in specific substantive areas of health policy or management.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #33
Additional US News and World Report Ranking: None
Annual Tuition: $12,780
Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Administration
Master of Public Health
Doctor of Philosophy
Admission Rate: 20%
Accreditation:
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

#9 – Simmons College – Boston, Massachusetts

Simmons College Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe School of Management

Points: 8
Enrollment: 1,732
Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration

MHA to MBA Program Website

The Master of Health Administration to Healthcare MBA degree program is an intentionally flexible program created to enhance and build upon the curriculum completed in the Simmons MHA program with the financial, technical, and strategic skills of an MBA. Simmons MHA alumni have the opportunity to transfer as many as 30 approved MHA credits into the Healthcare MBA program. Once admitted, students must complete an additional 24 credit hours in the Healthcare MBA curriculum to complete the Healthcare MBA degree. Students many only transfer credits into the program if they earned a B or better in the course and if the MHA degree was awarded within the last ten years.

HC-MBA Program Website

The Healthcare MBA (HCMBA) offered at Simmons is a part-time, 54-credit degree program, and one of the handful of programs receiving both AACSB and CAHME accreditation. The program has been specifically designed to span three years and incorporate the strengths of the already nationally recognized MBA program with the expertise of the healthcare faculty. While most MBA programs include a healthcare curriculum of about 20 percent of all classes, the Simmons HC-MBA is made up of 67 percent of healthcare courses. The programs is based in a rigorous applied management approach, where students learn about issues such as the “big-picture business skills” of an MBA plus the strong healthcare focus of an advanced healthcare degree.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #38
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#16 Best College or University in the Northern Region of the United States
#11 Best Value School
Annual Tuition: $36,230
Degrees Offered:
Master of Healthcare Administration to Master of Business Administration
Healthcare Master of Business Administration
Admission Rate: 49%
Accreditation:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#8 – Tulane University – New Orleans, Louisiana

Tulane University Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Points: 8
Enrollment: 8,352
Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Master of Health Administration and Doctor of Philosophy, Medical Doctor, Juris Doctorate

Program Website

The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane is an extensive department offering a wide variety of degree options and joint degree options throughout the fields of Public Health. This is one of the largest departments of its kind in the nation. The list of degree options includes bachelor’s level, master’s level and doctoral level degrees. These various academic programs are designed to offer students a comprehensive, practice-based, global health-focused education at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The school offers degrees in six academic departments and is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Students can also take advantage of online learning opportunities offered by the department. The master’s degree’s that are available fully online include:

      1. Master of Public Health in Disaster Management
      2. Master of Science in Public Health in Industrial Hygiene
      3. Master of Public Health in Occupational and Environment Health

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #22
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#54 Best National University
#10 Up-And-Coming Schools
Annual Tuition: $48,395
Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics
Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology
Doctor of Philosophy in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Global Environmental Health Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Global Health Systems and Development
Doctor of Philosophy in Parasitology
Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology
Doctor of Public Health in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Joint Bachelor of Science in Public Health / Master of Health Administration
Joint Bachelor of Science in Public Health / Master of Public Health
Joint Bachelor of Science in Public Health / Master of Public Health
Joint Bachelor of Science in Public Health / Master of Public Health
Joint Bachelor of Science in Public Health / Master of Public Health
Joint Bachelor of Science in Public Health / Master of Science in Public Health
Joint Bachelor of Science in Public Health / Master of Science in Public Health
Joint Bachelor of Science in Public Health / Master of Science in Public Health
Joint Juris Doctorate / Master of Public Health
Joint Juris Doctorate / Master of Health Administration
Joint Juris Doctorate / Master of Public Health
Joint Master of Business Administration / Master of Health Administration
Joint Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health
Joint Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health
Joint Medical Doctor / Doctor of Philosophy
Joint Medical Doctor / Doctor of Philosophy
Joint Medical Doctor / Master of Public Health
Joint Medical Doctor / Master of Public Health
Joint Medical Doctor / Master of Public Health
Joint Medical Doctor / Master of Public Health
Joint Medical Doctor / Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Joint Medical Doctor / Master of Science in Public Health
Joint Medical Doctor / Doctor of Philosophy
Joint Medical Doctor / Doctor of Philosophy
Joint Medical Doctor / Doctor of Philosophy
Joint Medical Doctor / Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Health Administration
Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences
Master of Public Health in Disaster Management
Master of Public Health in Disaster Management
Master of Public Health in Epidemiology
Master of Public Health in Health Education and Communications
Master of Public Health in Health Policy
Master of Public Health in Health Systems Management
Master of Public Health in International Health and Development
Master of Public Health in International Health Programs
Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health
Master of Public Health in Medical Organizations and Systems
Master of Public Health in Nutrition
Master of Public Health in Occupational & Environmental Health
Master of Public Health in Occupational Health and Safety Management
Master of Science in Bioinformatics
Master of Science in Biostatistics
Master of Science in Clinical Research Methods
Master of Science in Epidemiology
Master of Science in Public Health in Biostatistics
Master of Science in Public Health in Global Environmental Health Sciences
Master of Science in Public Health in Industrial Hygiene
Master of Science in Public Health in Industrial Hygiene
Master of Science in Public Health in Tropical Medicine
Admission Rate: 26.4%
Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

#7 – Georgetown University – Washington, DC

Georgetown University Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe School of Nursing and Health Studies

Points: 8
Enrollment: 7,636
Bachelor of Science and Master of Science

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The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and Policy degree program asserts the mission of providing “the opportunity to develop the foundation of a career in the administration of health services through a well-designed liberal education, understanding the role of health in achieving quality of life and the role of high-quality health services in protecting and promoting health.” Healthcare Management and Policy majors are given the unique opportunity to prepare, at the undergraduate level, for careers in the management, organization, and policy of healthcare delivery systems and health services. Students enrolled in this bachelor’s program are given the advantages of:

      • The choice of opting for the health administration track and a health policy analysis track
      • Experiential internship opportunities and access to a strong research base through MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and other organizations in the city
      • All students are assigned a professional preceptor during their studies
      • Pre-med and study abroad options
      • An opportunity to apply for early assurance to Georgetown University School of Medicine and Georgetown Law
      • Certificates in International Health and Population Health and a minor in Health Promotion
      • Top-notch faculty who occupy key positions in leading health services organizations and provide scholarly contributions to issues in health policy

The CAHME accredited Master’s Program in Health Systems Administration (MHSA) degree program uses a “broad systems approach” through a full-time course of study. The curriculum includes exposure to the social, technical, economic and policy issues that are influencing and shaping the face of healthcare organizations and outlining the management agenda. The program offers a curriculum that is competency-based and practice-centered with a focus on best quality. The faculty is readily accessible to students and includes leading academics and practitioner leaders of a variety of healthcare organizations. The program uses intentionally small class sizes that foster close relationships with faculty members and classmates. Students have access to various residency sites at a wide variety of organizations upon completion of their classroom work. Students also benefit from active executives who serve as mentors to students.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #22
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#21 Best National University
#23 Best Value School
Annual Tuition: $46,744
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and Policy
Master of Science in Health Services Administration
Admission Rate: 17.1%
Accreditation:
The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#6 – St. Louis University – St. Louis, Missouri

Saint Louis University Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe College for Public Health and Social Justice

Points: 8
Enrollment: 8,687
Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

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The College for Public Health and Social Justice at St. Louis University offers four degree options for students hoping to pursue careers in this growing field. The first option is the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program. The MHA program is a national leader in competency-based educational models, which benefits from an extensive alumni network and ongoing relationships with practitioners and health organizations. Students in this program learn how important it is to continually improve and respond to the dynamic health care environment. The curriculum used in the first year of study is designed to create a framework for the required internship experience (520 hours) that students complete between the first and second years. Students will develop healthcare context and field experience through this internship experience, which will be paired with a flexible curriculum in the second year to allow students to cater their academic experience in the final two semesters in the program. To best serve the needs of students’ individual career goals and meet the needs of the expanding field, the MHA program has developed two optional areas of concentration: Finance and Operations.

The next option is the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. The MPH program allows students to acquire the skills required to develop into the leaders of the diverse fields of public health practice, including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health management and policy, and social and behavioral sciences. Students have the option of choosing from nine concentration areas in the core areas of public health, including:

      1. Behavioral Science and Health Education: Promoting and researching healthy living practices to prevent disease and injury.
      2. Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness: Developing preventive measures to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, living modified organisms and other potentially harmful biological agents.
      3. Biostatistics: Using math and science to estimate and analyze trends associated with particular types of human behavior and disease.
      4. Environmental and Occupational Health: Analyzing the interactions between humans, their surroundings and the natural environment to maintain the quality of the environment and to provide protection from hazards.
      5. Epidemiology: Identifying the causes and patterns of diseases and injuries and identifying effective targets for prevention.
      6. Global Health: Addressing various health concerns that exist among different cultures worldwide.
      7. Health Management and Policy: Working to improve public health by formulating administrative and legislative solutions for complex health issues.
      8. Maternal and Child Health: Developing preventive measures that promote the health of pregnant women and their unborn children.
      9. Public Health Practice: Designed for professionals seeking to become competent in public health practice.

The third degree option is the Master of Science in Public Health (MS-PH) program. The MS-PH program is designed for students with terminal degrees, who wish to pursue additional training in population-based research methods to support their clinical research activities. Students can choose from two concentration areas in the MS-PH: Epidemiology and Behavioral Science and Health Education.

      1. Behavioral Science and Health Education (36 credit hours): This concentration includes core coursework in behavioral science research methods, supplemented by a general course in public health and ethical issues in public health.
      2. Epidemiology (36 credit hours): This concentration includes core coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics, supplemented by a general course in public health.

This program also supports a Dual Degree Option of an MS-PH in Behavioral Science and Health Education with PhD in Clinical Psychology (36 credits for MSPH, 90 credits for PhD).

The final offering of the department is the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Studies. This curriculum includes 72 credit hours of study, arming students with expert skills in research design, methods and dissemination, and a solid understanding of public health science. Graduates will understand the distribution and determinants of health and disease across populations. Students have the option of choosing one of seven concentrations areas.

      1. Behavioral Science and Health Education
      2. Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness
      3. Biostatistics
      4. Environmental and Occupational Health
      5. Epidemiology
      6. Health Management and Policy
      7. Health Outcomes Research / Health Services Research

Each of these concentration areas is intended to offer an academic experience that the nationally recognized faculty believes meets the intellectual and professional requirements for all PhD trained students. These concentrations are earned largely through departmentally specified and elected coursework and participation in mentored research. Before graduation, students must also complete a dissertation project that corresponds with student goals and division resources.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #7
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#99 Best National University
Annual Tuition: $37,966
Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Administration
Master of Public Health
Master of Science in Public Health
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health
Admission Rate: 63.6%
Accreditation:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#5 – Rush University – Chicago, Illinois

Rush University Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe College of Health Sciences

Points: 8
Enrollment: 124
Master of Health Services Management

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The College of Health Sciences at Rush offers a master’s degree in Health Systems Management (HSM). This program has the strong backing of a world-class academic medical center, offering students a great depth of practical, hands-on competencies that far exceeds a traditional, university-based program. The basis of the Graduate Program in Health Systems Management (HSM) is the people that make up the HSM Program. The department is comprised of the faculty, staff, students and alumni association. It is through this group of people that the HSM program has developed an outstanding reputation for the innovative practitioner-teacher model that is employed. In this program, professional executives who work at the cutting-edge of healthcare enhance the academic experience. This program is the only one among accredited graduate healthcare management degrees to employ the practitioner-teacher model. The HSM program is part of a nationally recognized academic medical center that provides students with a deeper level of practical, experiential competencies than a traditional, university-based program.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #5
Additional US News and World Report Ranking: None
Annual Tuition: $35,459
Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Services Management
Admission Rate: Data Not Available
Accreditation:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#4 – University of Scranton – Scranton, Pennsylvania

University of Scranton Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe Department of Health Administration and Human Resources

Points: 10
Enrollment: 3,942
Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and Master of Health Administration

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The Department of Health Administration and Human Resources at the University of Scranton offers both undergraduate and graduate training in this area of study. The Bachelor of Science in Health Administration degree program combines course work from the areas of health and business administration, and is designed to develop all students’ values, knowledge and skills required for management positions in a variety of fields. The curriculum is multidisciplinary, emphasizing understanding of global health care issues, and includes a minor in business administration. Students in this program are offered a wide base of knowledge to help them secure entry-level positions with public and private agencies, organizations such as hospitals, insurance and managed care companies, pharmaceutical firms, community health and rehabilitation facilities. The curriculum also offers a theoretical framework for future graduate-level education in various disciplines such as public health, health administration, health policy and planning, gerontology, law school and business administration. All students pursuing this major will have exposure to experiential opportunities by the requirement of a three-credit, 120-hour internship, a second three-credit elective internship, as well as 10 hours of community service each semester. Motivated students will have the opportunity to work alongside and actively participate in the Health Administration profession through an ongoing student association affiliated with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The program also offers a five-year, combined BS/MHA degree program for qualified students.

The Master of Health Administration is a program with the vision of achieving and being nationally recognized for excellence in health administration education, scholarship, and service. The mission of the University of Scranton’s MHA program is to “provide local, regional, and international students a comprehensive, practical, and interdisciplinary set of core competencies, knowledge, skills, and values for health administration jobs in a variety of healthcare organizations.” The curriculum is based in scholarship with exposure to all disciplines within the field, specifically applied research, publications, and presentations. The graduate MHA program also provides service to its communities and professions through voluntary work and consultation. Graduates of this program have the strong benefit of an ongoing 90 percent job placement rate, with higher than average median salaries.

The MHA program is also offered in an online format with a curriculum designed to help students face the difficulties of a rapidly evolving healthcare industry. Students learn to develop exceptional leadership skills, responsive decision-making abilities, sound knowledge and the passion of a Jesuit education. The program states that is it one of the few with an expert practitioner faculty, offering students the expertise required to excel as a healthcare industry leader while also offering the flexibility of an online program, at a highly competitive tuition.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #42
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#7 Best College or University in the Northern Region of the United States
#12 Best Value School
#5 Up-And-Coming School
Annual Tuition: $39,906
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Health Administration
Master of Health Administration
Admission Rate: 75.1%
Accreditation:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#3 – Columbia University – Columbia, New York

Columbia University Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe Mailman School of Public Health

Points: 10
Enrollment: 6,084
Master of Health Care Administration

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The Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) at The Mailman School of Public Health offers an MHA degree in full-time, part-time and executive formats. Each of these is a cohort-based program that integrates classroom work in organizational leadership and management, health policy, and public health and health systems. Students are trained to have the management skills of a business school education, while also learning in a context that outlines the unique and sometimes challenging nature of the healthcare system. The HPM department promotes a strong emphasis on students developing competencies across a number of areas including: analytical thinking, collaboration, communication, financial analysis, organizational awareness, resource management and allocation, and strategic thinking. The competency-based curriculum trains students to fill management positions in hospitals, clinics, non-profit organizations, local, state and national government, other health-related organizations, as well as jobs in consulting, bio-pharmaceutical, finance, and insurance companies.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #22
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#4 Best National University
#6 Best Value School
Annual Tuition: $51,008
Degrees Offered:
Executive Master of Health Care Administration
Master of Health Care Administration
Admission Rate: 6.9%
Accreditation:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#2 – Trinity University – San Antonio, Texas

Trinity University Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe Department of Healthcare Administration

Points: 11
Enrollment: 2,237
Master of Healthcare Administration

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The Department of Healthcare Administration at Trinity offers a Master of Healthcare Administration degree program. The goal of this department is to train students with the qualifications, passion, and potential to become the healthcare leaders of tomorrow. The Department supports two unique programs of study for the MHCA: a 28-month On-Campus Program and a 23-month Executive Program, making this program accessible to an experienced professional as well as a recent college graduate. Both programs of study follow the healthcare administration program, which provides:

      • A nationally recognized program with a modern and contemporary curriculum that offers personalized attention to students in small classes
      • A program continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) since 1969
      • A year-long, on-campus residency program
      • An outstanding faculty that is readily accessible outside regular class hours, and fully integrate conceptual and experiential learning
      • Access to the program’s distinguished alumni

Trinity sees this area of study as an increasingly competitive academic field. More and more programs are offering graduate training in the healthcare administration field. Some of their arguments as to why students should choose Trinity’s Department of Health Care Administration include:

      • One of the largest alumni networks in the nation for this area of study, with alumni that are highly involved with the training program
      • A faculty that makes master’s level students their top priority, as there is no PhD program and none of our faculty relies on grant funding.
      • While other programs have larger faculty, Trinity faculty are 100 percent focused on the master’s degree students.
      • Trinity is firmly committed to applied learning with both classroom experiences and learning that occurs in the field of practice.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #10
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#1 Best College or University in the Western Region of the United States
#1 Best Value School
Annual Tuition: $36,214
Degrees Offered:
Master of Healthcare Administration
Admission Rate: 63.9%
Accreditation:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#1 – Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University Best Small School for Healthcare ManagementThe Bloomberg School of Public Health

Points: 12
Enrollment: 6,251
Master of Health Administration, Master of Health Services, Master of Public Policy, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Public Health

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Topping the list for the best Small Colleges offering Healthcare Management degrees is The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. The School offers one of the widest ranges of degree options in the United States. Students interested in Public Health and Health Administration can choose a graduate training program in many different areas. The first degree offering is the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program. This program is designed to train healthcare leaders for the quickly evolving, challenging field of healthcare. This is an accelerated degree program offering a rigorous and comprehensive educational experience with the requirement of a residency. Graduates earning an MHA have earned a degree that focuses on the theoretical, logical, and practical skills necessary for advancement into management careers in hospitals and health systems, leading consulting firms and other healthcare-related businesses. The curriculum used in the program includes a vast range of course work and experiential opportunities to study current economic, social, technical, and marketplace issues that are directly influencing the health sector.

The next degree program is the Master of Health Science in Health Economics (MHS-HE). This is a nine-month course of study that provides students with a solid framework in general health economics and evaluation methodologies needed to promote the effective and fair distribution of healthcare resources in public health and to outline applicable regulatory policies, strategies and interventions. These skills and tools are an important part of creating and implementing preventive and curative services, and are necessary for healthcare systems throughout the world. The Departments of Health Policy and Management and International Health support the MHS-HE program in conjunction. The program also draws upon strengths found elsewhere in the Bloomberg School and Johns Hopkins University. All students enrolled in the MHS-HE program will participate in the common core of courses, spanning health economics, economic evaluation, econometrics, statistics and epidemiology.

The next option for students is the Master of Science in Public Health in Health Policy Degree Program (MSPH). The MSPH program in Health Policy connects traditional coursework in health policy with a required nine months of professional health policy work experience. The location of Johns Hopkins just outside of Washington D.C., combined with the dedication of the revered faculty make this graduate program an ideal fit ideal for students interested in pursuing careers in health policy. The curriculum was designed to address the rising need for highly qualified health policy professionals interested in finding solutions to issues facing human health and general well-being. The MSPH program in Health Policy focuses on educating health policy analysts who will eventually work at locations throughout the country, and be adequately prepared for successful careers in the face of the complex challenges facing the U.S. public health and healthcare systems.

The next training program is the Master of Public Policy. The Hopkins MPP offered by the Bloomberg School implements a unique approach to policy studies, building upon history and adapting to new policy realities of the 21st century. The curriculum emphasizes analytic thinking, from applied statistical methods and microeconomics to creating policy and implementing it effectively. The program combines these learned skills with the general concept of global citizenship, and trains students to evaluate the questions of ethics and values to modern policymaking. Coursework is designed to train students to become involved in the important decision-making needed to develop public policy in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. This MPP program is unique when compared to many other public policy programs due to:

      • A balance of quantitative and qualitative courses
      • Close relationships with core faculty
      • A curriculum that reflects current and relevant research
      • Enrichment through the involvement of scholars and practitioners from overseas
      • The opportunity for master’s candidates to produce a research- or practice-oriented thesis

To supplement the rigorous academic training program, MPP students develop experiential skills through courses, seminars and formal presentations to policy practitioners. At the end of the first semester of the first year, all MPP students will have completed an applied policy research project addressing and evaluating identified critical questions.

The Department of Health Policy and Management also offers doctoral level training in this area of study. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program trains students to conduct original research through a blend of coursework and empirical research experiences. The PhD in Health Policy Management (HPM) program is a full-time, residential program where students must be in residence in Baltimore to complete the necessary coursework. Candidates interested in this PhD program must apply to one of the department’s four concentration areas:

      1. Bioethics and Health Policy
      2. Health Economics and Policy
      3. Health Services Research and Policy
      4. Health and Public Policy

The final program is the Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy and Management (HPM) degree. The primary focus of the DrPH in HPM involves the integration and application of knowledge and skills to leadership, practice, policy analysis, program and budget management, and communication. The program also focuses on the application of policy, practice and management perspectives to modern health issues. This program is offered part-time, allowing students who have completed master’s level training prior to starting their doctoral training to work full-time. Students are expected to complete the specified coursework over the course of a four-year period, immediately followed by a written comprehensive and preliminary oral examinations. This exam must be completed prior to beginning substantive work on the dissertation. Some students have completed the entire program in as little as six years, although students have taken as many as nine years should they need the additional time. Upon completion of the program, graduates are ready to become the policy makers of the future.

US News and World Report Best Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking: #7
Additional US News and World Report Ranking:
#12 Best National University
#19 Best Value School
Annual Tuition: $47,060
Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Administration
Master of Science in Public Health in Health Policy
Master of Health Science in Health Economics
Master of Public Policy
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy & Management
Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy & Management
Admission Rate: 17.1%
Accreditation:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Opportunities for a Healthcare Management Degree from a Small American College

Attending one of the country’s top small colleges means that students earn a college degree with a higher level of attention from faculty members. Having a smaller campus means fewer students for each teacher. In most cases, doctoral level teachers and not teaching assistants or graduate students teach classes. Students can become more active in research, clubs, and student organizations. Despite the small size of most of these colleges, they offer students plenty of opportunities both socially and academically. Earning a healthcare degree from one of the country’s smaller colleges means students complete a fully accredited program while working alongside their professors.

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About the Author

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and then a Master of Science in Clinical and Forensic Psychology from Drexel University, Kristen Fescoe began a career as a therapist at two prisons in Philadelphia. At the same time she volunteered as a rape crisis counselor, also in Philadelphia. After a few years in the field, she accepted a teaching position at a local college, where she currently teaches online psychology courses. Kristen began writing in college and enjoys intensive research on healthcare management degrees.

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