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Top Schools for Health Care Administration

Read about programs in health care administration, through which students learn how to plan, implement and manage health care services. Find information about the programs at three top universities, as well as a table that highlights other schools in the U.S. with programs in health care administration.

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In general, degree programs in health care administration are offered at the graduate level and can lead to a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Health Services Administration or Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). Programs can be found at the three national universities below, which include the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, an Ivy League school.

Top U.S. Schools with Health Care Administration Programs

1. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan is a large research institution that ranked 29th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2011. Additionally, the university's Department of Health Management and Policy placed first in the nation for its health care management program for the same year. The department offers graduate degrees in health care administration, including a Master of Health Services Administration and an MPH in Health Management and Policy. Undergraduate students interested in a career in health care administration can take advantage of the school's summer enrichment program.

2. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill is a large public school that includes the Gillings School of Global Public Health, which U.S. News & World Report tanked third for its health care management program in 2011. In the same year, 20 of the university's academic programs made USN&WR's list of 'Best Graduate Schools'. The university offers an MHA program, available to residential full-time and executive part-time students. A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Health Policy and Management and DrPH in Health Administration are also available.

3. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

The University of Pennsylvania, one of eight Ivy League schools in the country, ranked fifth among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2011, as well as fourth its health care management program. The Health Care Management Department is located in the Wharton School of Business. It offers an undergraduate concentration in health care management and policy, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Health Care Management and a Ph.D. in Health Care Management and Economics. Dual degree programs include a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)/MBA in Health Care Management and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/MBA in Health Care Management.

List of Ten Good Health Care Administration Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Boston University Night-time MBA program with Health Sector Management certificate Boston, MA
Columbia University Campus-based Healthcare Industry Association (HCIA) New York, NY
Cornell University Offers a 5-year Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (B.A./B.S.) and an MHA fast-track program Ithaca, NY
Johns Hopkins University Seasonal Health Policy and Management Institutes Baltimore, MD
Northwestern University Health Enterprise Management Mentor Program Evanston, IL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ranked number one among health care management programs nationwide for 2011 by U.S. News &World Report Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Master of Health Care Administration program ranked second by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 Minneapolis, MN
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Administers the Cancer Care Quality Training Program Chapel Hill, NC
University of Pennsylvania Offers an undergraduate concentration in health care management and policy Philadelphia, PA
University of Washington Joint degree programs include an MHA/M.D. or MHA/J.D.(Juris Doctor) Seattle, WA
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