Pennsylvania, also known as the “Keystone State” is located in the Mid-Atlantic part of the country. It is 6th most populated state and primary markets are steel, farming, mining, electronics equipment, cars, and pharmaceuticals. One of the fastest-growing segments of the employment market is healthcare, with an average growth well over 18 percent anticipated through 2022. The mean annual wage for a health care manager in Pennsylvania is $95,190 and the top 10 percent earn more than $150,000. Pennsylvania has one of the highest employment levels in the country for health care service managers. There are many choices for health care management master’s level programs at universities and colleges in Pennsylvania.
Carnegie Mellon University
The H. John Heinz III College
Founded in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University is a private coed research university located in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. There are more than 11,000 students currently enrolled on the 148-acre main campus. Carnegie Mellon consists of seven schools and colleges, including: the Carnegie Institute of Technology, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Heinz College, the Mellon College of Science, the School of Computer Science and the Tepper School of Business. The university is best known for its cutting edge arts and technology programs, which are widely regarded as pioneers in this field. In 2016, US News and World Reports ranked Carnegie Mellon University as the 23rd Best National University. The H. John Heinz III College was originally founded as the School of Urban and Public Affairs in 1968. In addition to full-time, on-campus programs in Pittsburgh and Adelaide, Australia, Heinz College offers graduate programs to students through part-time on-campus and distance-online programs (delivered anywhere in the world) as well as advanced, executive education programs.
Master of Science in Health care Policy and Management
The curriculum for the Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management (MSHCPM) provides students with the skills and knowledge they will need to pursue careers within the health care sector, from health care Administration to public health to population health. The management program offers students a firm foundation in quantitative analytics, technology, and experiential learning that will be required for advancement to top levels of health care management in the public and private sectors. Additionally, students in this program can choose a concentration in Health Care IT & Analytics, Health Care Policy, and Health Care Management. Students are encouraged to participate in capstone projects, internships and independent studies to relate their learning to real-world situations. Graduates of the MSHCPM program should have the following competencies:
- Provide leadership managing within Health care organizations
- Utilize foundational skills in business, policy and health care management
- Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions
- Effectively communicate and interact
Master of Medical Management (MMM)
Because the rapidly changing health care industry requires more physicians to take on administrative and management responsibilities, the Master of Medical Management (MMM) program allows physicians to be successful managers by preparing them to lead today’s health care organizations. The Master of Medical Management prepares Physician leaders by offering them coursework that will build and manage successful health care organizations with effective leadership, strategy, and management skills. Coursework in the program utilizes professional work experience students bring to the classroom. The program requires on-campus classes as well as distance learning courses to pursue a full-time degree while continuing to work. The degree can be completed in 18-months spending approximately 15 hours per week on coursework (which combines reviewing lectures, reading, essay writing, case study analysis, and quantitative homework completion). Learning goals for the MMM program include the following:
- In-depth understanding of the health care field, including quality strategy, public policy, and roles of the public and private sectors
- Understand the basis of evidence-based management, health care economics and finance, information management and strategic initiatives
- Master effective technical and analytical tools, skills and techniques
- Opportunity for interactive learning through case studies and group discussions
- Successful operation in an increasingly connected world
Dual Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management and Master of Business Administration
The Dual Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management and Master of Business Administration (MSHCPM and MBA) Degree is a 5-semester program specifically designed to educate students in the core understanding of the intersection of private and public sectors and the health care industry. The 2 ½ year HCPM/MBA program begins with courses starting in August at the Tepper School of Business. Students will complete 162 credits of required coursework including 90 credits of required core courses and 72 credits of required electives. While in this program, students are also required to complete 108 credits of courses at Heinz, including 78 credits of core courses and 30 units of required electives with classes beginning one year after the MBA courses. Students may apply for a dual degree before enrolling at Tepper or during the first year of the MBA program.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
Carnegie Mellon University
H. John Heinz III College
5000 Forbes Avenue, Hamburg Hall
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3890
The Division of Business
Founded in 1964, DeSales University is a private coed Catholic University located in Center Valley Pennsylvania on more than 400 acres in the Lehigh Valley. Until 2001, it was known as the Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales. The current undergraduate enrollment is 2,381 students. In 2016, US News and World Report ranked DeSales University as the 71st Best Northern Regional University. The mission (as stated by DeSales) is “providing men and women with a quality higher education according to the philosophy of Christian humanism as developed by Saint Francis de Sales and his spiritual heirs”. DeSales supports 14 athletic teams participate in NCAA Division III in the Freedom Conference of the Middle Atlantic Conference. The Department of Business at DeSales provides students with rigorous classroom instruction and the opportunity to intern at local and regional companies.
Master of Business Administration in Health care Systems Management
Curriculum for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with a concentration in Health care Systems Management provides students with a core understanding of the basic functional areas of business and the roles business plays in our diverse society and the global community. Throughout the program, the ethical dimension of personal and corporate behavior and decision-making is emphasized. The MBA coursework emphasis is on developing executive skills, management orientation, integration of skills and values, and an understanding of their relationship to theory and practice. Learning Outcomes for the Master of Business Administration Program include the following abilities:
- Understanding domestic and global organizations existing as complex systems existing in a broader social, political, legal, technical, and economic environment
- Analyze ethical dimensions of executive behavior and decision-making in a Christian context
- Identify the importance of people management in order to develop/enhance personal leadership skills
- Identify how the varied functions of business management are integrated in a theoretical and operational perspectives
- Show proficiency at a graduate level in written and oral communication skills
- Competency in the use of analytical tools and techniques necessary for effective decision-making and problem-solving in complex organizations
MBA students are required to complete 12 courses of core coursework including seven core courses, four concentration courses, and a required capstone course. The Health care Systems Management concentration is available on-campus or online and includes the following courses of study: Foundations of Health care Systems, Fiscal Issues in Health Systems Management, Legal Aspects of Health Systems Management, Issues in Quality Management for Health care Systems, Principles and Strategies for Managed Health care, Community Health Assessment and Planning, Contemporary Issues in Health care Policy and Management of Information and Communication Technologies in Health care Systems
Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACS)
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
The Department of Business
Center Valley Campus
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, Pennsylvania 18034
(610) 282-1100 extension 1450
The College of Computing and Informatics
Founded in 1891, Drexel University is a private coed research university with three campuses located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and one campus located in Sacramento California. Drexel is one of America’s 15 largest private universities with more than 26,000 students currently enrolled. Drexel students can interact with students and communities around the world through International research partnerships including China and Israel. The school has an undergraduate enrollment of more than 25,000 students on the 96-acre main campus, with approximately 200 degree programs throughout 15 Colleges and Schools. Drexel also provides online degree programs for students needed flexibility in their learning style. Drexel offers more than 70 full-time undergraduate programs and accelerated degrees and over 100 masters, doctoral, and professional programs. In 2016, US News and World Reports ranked Drexel University as the 99th Best National University. The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) is a focal point for Drexel’s computing and information research and education. The college serves as a central hub for multi-disciplinary computing activities.
Master of Science in Health care Informatics
The Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively and responsibly use information systems (including knowledge processing methods and information and communication technologies) in order to promote improvements in health outcomes in settings that include clinical medicine, nursing, and public health in primary and hospital care, government, industry, and academia. The College of Computing & Informatics provides the MSHI program delivered in an online format in conjunction with the College of Nursing and Health Professions and Drexel University College of Medicine. Learning outcomes for graduates of the program include the following abilities:
- Articulate how data, information, and knowledge are used in solving health problems from individual to population level
- Applying theory, methodology and processes for the generation, storage, retrieval, use, management, and sharing of health care data, information, and knowledge
- Apply informatics concepts and approaches relating to biomedical and health care problems
- Choose appropriate concepts and techniques from the social sciences in solving problems in health informatics.
- Collaborate across disciplines in defining, discussing, and resolving health problems from individual to population level
- Analyze ethical and policy issues as they relate to biomedical and health care informatics
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
The Dana and David Dornsife School of Public Health
Drexel University was founded in 1891 as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry by Philadelphian, Anthony J. Drexel, a philanthropist and financier. The initial goal of the institute was to provide students with an education in the arts and sciences. In 1936, it became the Drexel Institute of Technology and in 1970 became the Drexel Institute of Technology. Founded in 1996, The Drexel University School of Public Health is part of the Drexel University Health Sciences network. The School of Public Health was originally located in downtown Philadelphia until December 2013, when it was relocated to the University City Campus location. The Dornsife School of Public Health awards master’s and doctoral degrees (most are full-time programs) as well as part-time online certificates. The mission of the Dana and David Dornsife School of Public Health is “promoting the health and quality of life through graduate education, applied research, and community service in the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability”.
Master of Science in Biostatistics
Curriculum for the Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics program provides students with the statistical, mathematical and computational techniques required in scientific research in health-related fields, including medicine, epidemiology, and public health. Graduates of this program are prepared for handling the quantitative and computational aspects of research projects including the study design, data collection and management, developing analysis plans, and conducting analyses and reporting findings. The MS in Biostatistics program includes coursework in statistical theory and methods, computing and data management, epidemiology, and general public health topics. During the second year, students are required to participate in a quarter-long practicum experience working on a real academic, government, or industry project in a sponsoring organization setting. The practicum-based research project involves applying a bio-statistical analysis to a problem of significance to the sponsoring academic, government or industry organization. Students in the MS in Biostatistics program will earn competencies in the following three areas: general public health knowledge, biostatistics knowledge, data management, and computing skills. Graduates with degrees in biostatistics are prepared to enter professional careers in public health research and service organizations, university research groups, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, health-related industries, and government.
Master of Science in Epidemiology
The goal of the Master of Science (MS) in Epidemiology program is to prepare graduates with a solid understanding of epidemiologic principles and methods with the ability and capacity to apply that understanding and skill. The curriculum and project requirements are designed to provide and then demonstrate the ability to effectively engage in research. This includes the development of appropriate research questions and aims, the design and conduct of epidemiologic studies, and the appropriate analysis and interpretation and presentation of research data. Upon graduation, MS students will have attained competencies in two areas: general epidemiology knowledge and skills, and epidemiologic research methods.
Master of Public Health
The curriculum for the Master of Public Health program combines knowledge of the disciplines of public health, including biostatistics, community health & prevention, environmental & occupational health, epidemiology, and health management & policy, with practical application of that knowledge. Through collaborative work with community groups, agencies, and populations, professionals, students are amply prepared to address today’s pressing public health problems. Students enrolled in the public health program benefit from specialized research centers and collaborations within the university, as well as with leading biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and health care companies in the region. The first year of study includes the five core disciplines offered within the context of culture and community. These include environmental and occupational health; health care systems organization, management, and policy; social and behavioral sciences for population health; epidemiology; biostatistics. During the second year of the program, students have the opportunity to choose a specific area of concentration from one of the four academic departments:
- Community Health and Prevention
- Environmental and Occupational Health
- Health Management and Policy Concentration
The Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) combined degree program is designed to train highly skilled physician leaders. The program is designed to build on the foundation of health and human rights providing training to individuals interested in population health including health disparities and social determinants of health, urban health, global health, health policy, and health care outcomes, public health ethics, and clinical research methods. Medical students admitted to the Drexel College of Medicine are eligible for admission to the Dornsife School of Public Health after submitting their application to the Drexel University College of Medicine. If the applicant is accepted to the College of Medicine, they will then be reviewed for admission to the dual-degree program. Most students begin coursework for the MD/MPH dual degree during the first or second years of medical school (however students can begin their MD/MPH program after the 3rd year of medical school or in a 12-15 month timeframe before or during the 4th year). Students in the MD/MPH program pursue their public health courses during the first three years of medical school, followed by a year of full-time study in the Dornsife School of Public Health after the third year of medical school before returning to the College of Medicine to complete their final year.
Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health
The dual Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health (JD/MPH) degree program allows highly motivated students to study law and public health in an integrated curriculum. Students take courses at both Drexel’s School of Law and the School of Public Health earning degrees from both. By acquiring basic skills in law and public health, students gain a unique perspective of the relationship existing between them. Students pursue their first year of study at Thomas R. Kline School of Law, completing standard first-year curriculum and completing a co-op placement during the summer. Students then spend the second year completing the standard core courses at Dornsife School of Public Health. During the last years, they take courses at both schools as well as a public health community master’s project. Students finish the two degrees in either four or four-and-a-half years (depending on the pace at which they pursue their degree). Students are required to complete 79 credits at the Law School and 58 credits at the School of Public Health. Six credits from the School of Public Health apply to the law degree. Four semester credits from the Law School apply to the public health degree.
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
The Dornsife School of Public Health
3215 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook reports the average mean salary annually for health care managers as well over $103,000 and those with higher levels of experience and a master’s degree in health care management/administration earning more than $161,000. Health care managers typically need a minimum of a bachelor’s level degree to work in health care management, however, those with master’s degrees will have higher-level management jobs with higher levels of responsibility and salaries. Because of changes in treatment and technology, population growth and the aging of the population, the demand for health care will increase significantly. With many quality accredited master’s degree programs, students graduating from Pennsylvania colleges and universities will have the tools required to enter rewarding and fast-paced careers in health care management.