Affordable Health Administration Degrees

Scroll down to see the most affordable health administration degrees in 2016, as well as info on the different types of health administration degrees and health administration program accreditation.

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Health administrators handle the business side of health care management. They work as CEOs and hospital heads, medical coders and office receptionists. They find careers in community clinics, insurance companies, government agencies, medical centers, nursing homes and hospitals. As baby boomers age and health care facilities expand, opportunities in this field continue to grow.

Interested? Take a look at our guide to affordable health administration degrees. In it, you’ll find everything you need to know about degree options, important accreditations, licensure requirements and professional certifications. Considering distance learning?

Types of Health Administration Degrees

Associate’s Degree in Health Administration

An associate’s degree in health administration is a 2-year degree that can be used for entry-level jobs or as preparation for earning a bachelor’s degree. Associate-level degrees are often offered by community colleges.

This degree is intended to help you get a foot in the door. For example, AAS graduates might handle administrative work in a doctor’s office, organize patient’s records in a hospital, code for insurance billing or manage pharmacy inventory.

Common Associate Degrees

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Health Administration: Intended for students who wish to work straight after graduation. The AAS is a terminal degree – credits will not carry over to a bachelor’s degree.
  • Associate of Arts (AA) in Health Administration: Intended for students considering a bachelor’s degree. Includes liberal arts courses (e.g. foreign language, English, sociology, etc.).
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Health Administration: Intended for students considering a bachelor’s degree. Includes science and pre-med courses (e.g. biology, chemistry, etc.).

Typical Curriculum

Both AAS and AS/AA degrees should include core courses in the fundamentals of health care administration. For example:

  • Health care systems
  • Medical law
  • Health informatics and information systems
  • Management procedures
  • Ethics

Depending on the program, you may be able to choose a degree with a general track (e.g. courses in business administration, marketing, etc.) or a career-related concentration (e.g. medical records, pharmacy practice, etc.).

Related AAS Degrees

If you’re interested in a job straight after graduation, there are a few other AAS degrees you could consider:

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Health Science
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Health/Health Care Information Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Medical Office Management

Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration

A bachelor’s degree in health administration is a 4-year program that provides a thorough grounding in health services management. In addition to learning about important concepts (e.g. medical law), you will acquire practical administrative and analytical skills.

A BS or BA is the standard starting degree for the profession; students interested in management opportunities often opt to add a master’s degree.

Anxious to attend a respected undergraduate program? Look for AUPHA certification.

Common Bachelor Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Health Administration: Typical option for those interested in administration and management. Includes liberal arts and business courses.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Administration: Typical option for those with clinical and technical goals. Includes science and medical courses.

Curriculum

A good BA or BS program should cover everything you need to know about running an health care organization. For example:

  • Financial management
  • Statistical/economic analysis
  • Health care policy
  • Legal and ethical concepts
  • Record keeping and information systems
  • Marketing and communication
  • Structure of health care organizations
  • Health care concerns within community

Many schools also offer concentrations in a particular area of health care administration (e.g. finance and insurance, policy development, emergency management, etc.).

Employers favor BA or BS candidates with real-world experience. Always check to see if your program provides volunteer/internship opportunities with healthcare providers.

Master’s Degree in Health Administration

Unlike the general MBA, a master’s degree in health administration focuses on leadership and business skills as they relate to health care. Offered by schools of Public Health, Business, Allied Health (and sometimes Medicine), this degree takes around 2 full-time years to complete.

The MHA is deliberately designed for students interested in senior management and planning positions (e.g. managing a department, running a hospital, working in public health leadership, etc.). To apply, you must hold a bachelor’s degree and may be expected to have some professional experience.

Keen on attending a program with a great reputation? Look for CAHME accreditation.

Common Master Degrees

  • Master of Health Administration (MHA): Curriculum may be focused on health care administration from the start.
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Health Care Administration: Curriculum may start with a general management core before focusing on health care.
  • Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA): Curriculum may be focused more on public health than private health care.
  • Master of Public Health (MPH): Curriculum is focused on public health and policy issues.

Difference between MHA & MHSA

For many employers, there is no significant difference between the MHA and MHSA. Titles are often used interchangeably. Since each master’s program is unique, we recommend you check with universities and employers to see which degree would be best for your situation.

Typical Curriculum

A strong MHA program will train you in practical business and leadership skills (e.g. management, teamwork, strategic thinking, etc.). Core courses can include:

  • Governance and leadership
  • Economic/statistical analysis
  • Financial/IT management
  • Medical legislation and regulations
  • Health care policy
  • Management strategy
  • Marketing and communications

Most schools also offer career-focused concentrations (e.g. operations management, gerontology, health information management (HIM), policy development, etc.). You may be required to write a dissertation and/or complete a capstone project in order to graduate.

Because this is a professional degree, it’s important to search for programs that provide quality internships, supervised work experience, postgraduate fellowships and/or residencies.

Note: You can read more advice about choosing a graduate program in ACHE’s article, “Which degree should I pursue?”.

Accelerated, Executive & Dual Degrees

Accelerated Degrees

With an accelerated degree, course credits count towards both baccalaureate and master’s programs. This is a faster and cheaper way to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Executive Degrees

Executive degrees are tailored to health care administrators with significant work experience. As such, these part-time programs tend to focus on senior leadership skills. Classes are offered at night, on the weekend and/or online. You may also be required to complete a capstone project.

Dual Degrees

Interested in specializing? Some schools offer dual degrees that allow you to explore an area of particular interest. For example:

  • MHA/MBA (Master of Business Administration)
  • MHA/MPH (Master of Public Health)
  • MHA/MRP (Master of Regional Planning)
  • MHA/MSIS (Master of Science in Information Science)

Dual degrees can be completed in less time (e.g. 2-3 years) than it takes to earn two degrees sequentially.

Doctoral Degree in Health Administration

A doctoral degree in health administration is an intense 3-5 year program focused on advanced research in health care administration. It’s the highest you can go in your education. Graduates work as university professors, policy experts, researchers and executives.

A PhD or DrPH is not required for management positions. For those jobs, employers are happy to see the MHA or MHSA.

Typical Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Administration: Academic degree with a focus on generating original research. Intended for university academics and researchers. A dissertation is required.
  • Doctor of Health Administration (DHA): Professional degree with a practical focus on applied research. Intended for working administrators who wish to use existing ideas in a constructive way.

Related Doctoral Degrees

As you’re investigating options, you might also wish to consider the:

Typical Curriculum

Doctoral programs require students to take theoretical courses and complete a practical research component (e.g. project in a particular health care facility). You may also be able to choose from a variety of concentrations (e.g. policy development, public health, information systems, etc.).

Note: Trying to save money? Some schools offer combined MHA/PhD programs.

Certificate in Health Administration

Certificates are non-degree, academic programs that you can use to earn course credits, build skills (e.g. research administration, medical records, etc.), prepare for professional certification or advance your management career. Working full-time, certificates usually take 6 months – 1 year to complete.

Although certificates in health administration are available at the undergraduate level, you’ll find the most choice at the graduate level. To accommodate working professionals, many graduate certificate courses are offered online. However, you may be required to complete an internship or capstone project.

Important Accreditations

Regional Accreditation

When considering schools, we recommend you choose a regionally-accredited college or university. Regional accreditation is a “seal of approval” granted to institutions by one of six regional bodies (e.g. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools).

You can learn more about the difference between national and regional accreditation in: Accreditation: Understanding the Difference Between Real Schools and Diploma Mills.

Regional accreditation will make it much easier for you to:

  • Receive a quality education from a non-profit or state-owned institution
  • Apply for financial aid, scholarships and funding opportunities
  • Transfer credits between schools (regional institutions frequently won’t accept transfer credits from schools with national accreditation)

Bachelor’s degree candidates will also want to look for AUPHA certification; master’s degree candidates should look for CAHME accreditation.

AUPHA Certification

The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) certifies baccalaureate programs with a focus in health care management.

Like CAHME accreditation for masters’ programs, AUPHA certification tells you (and your future employers) that your degree meets a set of rigorous standards. For example, any student in an AUPHA-certified program must complete an extensive internship in a health care setting.

Find an AUPHA-certified program.

Note: Be sure that the program is certifed by AUPHA, and is not just a member.

CAHME Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) is the only accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for master’s programs in health care administration (e.g. MHA, MBA, MPH, etc.). CAHME also accredits dual degree programs. Baccalaureate certification is handled by AUPHA.

CAHME accreditation is the gold standard for graduate health administration degrees. You’re likely to have more success in finding fellowships, impressing employers and getting job interviews if you choose a CAHME-accredited program.

One thing to bear in mind – CAHME does not accredit 100% online programs. CAHME says it’s impossible for students of these programs to be exposed to core competencies like teamwork, leadership and collaboration. However, CAHME does accredit hybrid programs with online components.

Find a CAHME-accredited program.

Note: Be sure that the program is accredited by CAHME, and is not just a member.

CAHIIM Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accredits associate and baccalaureate degree programs in health information management (HIM), and masters’ degree programs in health informatics and health information management.

CAHIIM is important for anyone interested in becoming an HIM specialist. If you wish to obtain AHIMA’s Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a CAHIIM-accredited HIM program.

Find a CAHIIM-accredited program.

NAB Accreditation

The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) accredits colleges and universities offering baccalaureate or graduate degrees in long term care administration.

NAB accreditation is important if you are thinking about earning Nursing Home Administration licensure. In addition to receiving a high quality education, students of NAB-accredited schools score higher on the NHA exam.

Find a NAB-accredited college or university.

Licensure & Certification

Is Licensure Required?

Licensure is not required for health administrators except for administrators of assisted living and nursing home facilities.

NHA & RC/AL Licensure

State licensure is required for nursing home administrators and administrators of assisted living and long-term care. These licenses fall into 2 categories:

  • Nursing Home Administration (NHA)
  • Residential Care/Assisted Living Administrator (RC/AL)

Licenses are typically granted by a Board of Nursing Home Administrators in a state’s Department of Health.

Although each state has slightly different requirements for licensure, most will require you to:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree
  • Pass the NHA or RC/AL exam
  • Complete a state-approved training program (e.g. supervised practice)
  • Participate in continuing education courses

NAB provides tables of state-by-state licensure requirements for both the NHA and RC/AL licenses.

Is Certification Required?

Professional certifications like CRCE and RHIA are voluntary. Seasoned health administrators pursue these credentials in order to:

  • Demonstrate expertise in the field
  • Open doors to employment opportunities
  • Increase earning potential
  • Gain professional recognition

Recognized organizations include:

An associate or bachelor’s degree is the common baseline requirement, but higher qualifications may be needed for advanced certification. For example, the ACHE Fellow (FACHE®) credential specifies that applicants hold a master’s degree.

Fast-Track to NHA Licensure

For nursing home administrators, certification is voluntary and NHA licensure is mandatory. However, almost half of U.S. states recognize ACHCA’s Certification for Nursing Home Administrator (CNHA) as a “fast track” for NHA licensure eligibility.

School Rankings

1

University of California-Irvine

The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine offers a Health Care Executive MBA (HCEMBA) for mid-career professionals. The program provides an in-depth exposure to the modern medical and health care industries and business education in a unique learning environment. The Merage HCEMBA is a recognized and highly-ranked program. Modern Healthcare has included it in its Top 30 list for Best Graduate Programs for Physician Executives (in the U.S.) for three years running (2011, 2012 & 2013). U.S. News & World Report ranked the Merage HCEMBA as Top 25 in the country in 2013.

CAG Score 97.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,051 Students

2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health is accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Its Health Care Management Program was ranked as the #5 in the country by U.S. News & World Report (2015). The school offers a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) that can be pursued either on-campus or mostly online, with occasional campus visits. Joint degree programs are in place with the Kenan-Flagler Business School (MHA/MBA), the Department of City and Regional Planning (MHA/MRP) and the School of Information and Library Science (MHA/MSIS).

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 97.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,135 Students

3

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

Baruch College offers a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration through its Zicklin School of Business. The MBA in Health Care Administration is an accelerated, part-time program designed to be completed in three years. Students must complete at least 57 credit hours of coursework, including MBA core requirements and required classes outside the core. The program is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in health care organizations by developing their analytic and decision-making skills. Students get a strong grounding in business and in the health care delivery system. A student in this program might qualify for the Marian and Melvin Prottas Scholarship, designated for graduate business students employed in the health care industry.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 97.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,090 Students

4

University of Minnesota-Duluth

At the Labovitz School of Business & Economics at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, students pursuing their undergraduate degree (Bachelor in Business Administration or Bachelor in Accounting) or those admitted to their graduate program (Master in Business Administration) have the option of choosing Health Care Management as their field of specialization. The Health Care Management program at Labovitz provides students with a firm foundation in business as well as a broad understanding of the issues impacting the modern health care industry. These issues include comparative health care systems, medical informatics, managed care, medical sociology, legal aspects of health care, and much more.

CAG Score 96.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

11,093 Students

5

Texas A & M University-College Station

Texas A&M University offers a Master of Health Administration. This is a professional degree program designed for students who wish to pursue administrative practice in health service related professions. There are two tracks for this degree. Mid-career healthcare professionals who are already working can pursue the executive MHA track, and students beginning their careers in health administration can pursue the resident MHA track. U.S. News & World Report ranked the resident MHA track as one of the top graduate health care management programs in the country. The resident MHA track also was one of the fastest to achieve Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

CAG Score 96.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

61,642 Students

6

University of Minnesota-Crookston

Students who want to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Health Management from the University of Minnesota Crookston have the option of doing so either on-campus or online. This program has been approved by the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) in Minnesota, so students who plan to seek nursing home licensure after earning the degree are eligible to do so. The university maintains a close collaboration with healthcare organizations and offers internship opportunities to enhance the experiential learning experience of its students.

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,850 Students

7

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

At the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, students can pursue a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) at the School of Public Health. This full-time MHA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and is ranked as third in the country by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The school also offers an Executive MHA program. This program has a primarily online curriculum that gives busy executives, doctors and healthcare professionals the flexibility to complete the program in 25 months. Students in the MHA program have the option of obtaining dual degrees: MHA/MBA (Business and Healthcare Administration) and JD/MHA (Law and Healthcare Administration).

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

51,147 Students

8

Texas Woman's University

The Master in Healthcare Administration (MHA) program offered at the Texas Woman's University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). This comprehensive program prepares working professionals for management and leadership positions in the healthcare industry. Students can pursue the program on a full-time or part-time basis. TWU has a dual degree program with the University of St. Thomas. Under this program, students who are enrolled in the Health Care Administration program at TWU have the opportunity to concurrently earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,071 Students

9

University of Florida

The College of Public Health and Health Professionals at the University of Florida offers a Master of Health Administration program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The MHA is an on-campus program that prepares students for management positions in the health care field. The college also has a Part-time MHA program that can be completed within three years (57-credit hours). Classes are held mostly on-campus with a few online courses available. The College of Public Health and Health Professionals and the College of Business Administration are offering a joint degree program that allows students to concurrently pursue a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a Master in Health Administration (MHA).

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

49,459 Students

10

California State University-Long Beach

CSU Long Beach offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration program that is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Coursework covers a wide range of health care topics such as the legal aspects of health administration, marketing for health services organizations, principles of risk management and patient safety, and population health management for health care administrators. The Certificate in Health Care Administration can only be pursued in combination with an undergraduate degree program. The university offers a Master of Science in Health Care Administration degree that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME). An accelerated version of this program is also available, which combines online and on-campus weekend instruction.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,809 Students

11

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The School of Public Health at the University of Washington Seattle offers a Master of Health Administration (MHA) program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The U.S. News & World Report ranks the university's MHA program as the No. 10 in the country for 2015. This program has two tracks - a traditional day program (MHA) for full-time students, and an executive program (EMHA) for working professionals. The School of Public Health has joint degree programs with other schools and departments at the university that allows MHA students to earn dual degrees in business (MBA/MHA), medicine (MD/MHA), law (JD/MHA), public health (MPH/MHA) and public administration (MPA/MHA).

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

44,784 Students

12

University of California-Los Angeles

At the Fielding School of Public Health in UCLA, students admitted to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program can choose from two tracks of study - Health Policy or Health Management. This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to promote the health of populations through improved delivery of health services. The school also offers a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management Research. This program prepares students to pursue a research career in health-related fields such as medicine, nursing, biostatistics or epidemiology.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

41,845 Students

13

Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University's Department of Nutrition and Healthcare Management offers a BS in Healthcare Management, as well as an undergraduate minor in healthcare management. The BS in Healthcare Management combines foundation business courses with in-depth healthcare courses to prepare students to take management and administrative roles in the healthcare industry. The undergraduate healthcare management curriculum requires 50 credit hours of major coursework, including a six-credit internship the summer after junior year, which requires at least 7.5 weeks of full-time work in a healthcare setting. ASU's Healthcare Management program is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,026 Students

14

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

The Health Services Management Program at SUNY Polytechnic University is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). The HSM program combines management studies in business and health services. SUNY Polytechnic offers a Bachelor of Business Administration program with a concentration in Health Services Management. The Health Services Management concentration introduces students to important topics in modern health care such as health policy, health economics, epidemiology, health law, health financial management, and several others. SUNY Polytechnic also offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Technology Management that has a concentration in Health Services Management.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,740 Students

15

Brigham Young University-Idaho

The Department of Health, Recreation and Human Performance at Brigham Young University- Idaho offers a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, as well as an undergraduate minor in healthcare administration. The BS in Healthcare Administration is a 120-credit program that can be completed through in-person or online learning. The curriculum includes 49 credits of major courses in subjects like human resource management, medical ethics, medical terminology, healthcare finance and business communications. Students are also required to complete a three-credit internship.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,624 Students

16

CUNY Lehman College

Lehman College's Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration prepares students for administrative jobs in hospitals, nursing homes, insurance agencies, and other health service organizations. Students who earn the degree or who minor in Health Services Administration are eligible to take the New York state licensing exam for nursing home administrators. The B.S. in Health Services Administration is a 55-credit major and includes requirements for 20 credits in health services administration plus six elective credits, nine credits in health sciences classes, six credits in psychology, and six credits in economics and accounting. The program also requires students to work two four-credit internships in health services administration.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,398 Students

17

Marshall University

The Lewis College of Business at Marshall University offers a Master of Science in Health Care Administration. This degree is specifically meant to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the health care environment. Graduates of the program often pursue employment opportunities in environments that range from medical practices to hospitals to health insurers/buyers. This program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Students in the program will take courses such as Marketing and Management, Organizational Behavior, Health Care Financial Management, and Legal Issues in Health Care Management.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

13,381 Students

18

Ferris State University

Ferris State University's College of Health Professions offers a BS in Healthcare Systems Administration and a BS in Health Information Management. The BS in Healthcare Systems Administration trains students for entry-level management positions in a healthcare setting and is offered in two concentrations: a general concentration and a long term care concentration. The BS in Health Information Management trains students for healthcare management roles overseeing the work of the coding, correspondence or discharge departments, and graduates of the program are eligible to write the Registered Health Information Administrator certification exam. Three scholarships are reserved specifically for students in the Health Information Management program.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,600 Students

19

Stony Brook University

The School of Health Technology and Management at Stony Brook University offers an 18 credit advanced certificate in healthcare management that can be completed on-campus, online or through a combination of on-campus and online learning. Students accepted into the certificate program must be matriculated for at least two semesters. An MS in Applied Health Informatics is available to students interested in roles as health information managers, with concentrations offered in healthcare privacy and security specialization, clinical informatics and knowledge management and leadership. An MS in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety is also available.

CAG Score 95.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

24,607 Students

20

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The Department of Health Sciences at UNCC's College of Health and Human Services has a Master of Health Administration (MHA) program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The program is also a full member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). This 51 credit-hour, interdisciplinary program has courses taught by faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Belk College of Business and the College of Health and Human Services. Students may enroll in the program on a full-time or part-time basis. The department has joint degree programs with the UNC Charlotte MBA and Professional Science Masters in Health Informatics programs and the Charlotte School of Law's JD program.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,238 Students

21

University of Nebraska at Omaha

The College of Business Administration at UNO offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Healthcare Management as the field of concentration. Students who choose this area of concentration focus on the managerial, public policy or research areas within the health care industry. At UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service, the Division of Continuing Studies has a Bachelor of General Studies program that offers Health Care Administration as an area of specialization. Students admitted to this program can choose to specialize in gerontology, health education or general administration, depending on their interests and professional goals.

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,227 Students

22

Towson University

The College of Health Professions at Towson University offers a Health Care Management program through the Department of Inter-professional Health Studies. This program is one of only two undergraduate Health Care Management programs in Maryland that is accredited by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Several scholarships are available to students of AUPHA-accredited programs such as the ACMPE (American College of Medical Practice Executives) Scholarship Fund Program and the Winston Health Policy Scholarship Program. The College of Business & Economics at Towson University offers an MBA program with a Health-care Management concentration. There are several scholarships that CBE students can apply for, such as the Efat Mirmiran Endowed Scholarship (students with solid community service background) and the Moneer Hojati-Kaynama Student Scholarship (CBE international students).

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

22,285 Students

23

University of South Florida-Main Campus

The College of Public Health at USF offers a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree from the Department of Health Policy and Management. Students also have the option of concurrently pursuing a dual degree - a Master of Health Administration and a Master of Health Policy (MHA/MPH). The college has a Graduate Certificate in Health Management and Leadership that is designed for students who wish to pursue management and leadership positions in the healthcare field. The College of Public Health at the USF is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

41,938 Students

24

Saint Joseph's College-New York

Saint Joseph's College-New York offers a BS in Health Administration, a Healthcare Management MBA, and a Management MS with a concentration in health care management. The BS in Health Administration prepares students for professional roles in the healthcare field through 18 credits of major core requirements. Undergraduate students can also apply for admission into the dual degree program in health administration and healthcare management, which allows them to complete a BS in Health Administration and an MBA in Health Care Management in shortened time frame by applying five graduate courses to both degrees. The Healthcare Management MBA is a 36-credit program offered in two concentrations: a general concentration and a health information systems concentration.

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,979 Students

25

California State University-Northridge

The Bachelor of Science in Health Administration degree offered at CSUN is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). The curriculum includes coursework in health law, financial planning and reimbursement in healthcare, leadership and direction in the administration of health services, and computer application in health sciences. There is also a Master of Science in Health Administration program available. Students have the option of writing a thesis or taking a comprehensive exam as their culminating MS activity. CSUN offers a post-graduate Health Administration Certificate through the Tseng College. This program offers specializations in national health administration or international health administration. Qualified full-time undergraduates enrolled in the program may be considered for the Health Administration Scholarship Program ($500).

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

40,131 Students

26

University of Illinois at Chicago

The School of Public Health at UIC has a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Students can choose to follow either a full-time or a part-time track. The school schedules some classes on Saturdays and offers some courses in the evening and online to accommodate the schedules of students who are working full-time. This is a 60-credit hour program and includes a practicum component through the MHA Preceptorship with medical centers, hospitals and long-term care centers. The school also offers a Credit Non-Degree (CND) option in Healthcare Administration.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,969 Students

27

The University of Texas at Dallas

The Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas Dallas has a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management (BSHM) program. Eligible undergraduates can apply for a Fast-Track Program that lets them earn both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degrees in Healthcare Management in as few as five years. Physicians who are in (or preparing to move into) leadership roles in their healthcare organizations may be eligible for the Alliance MS/MBA program. Individuals who complete this program earn two degrees - a Master of Science in Healthcare Management and a Healthcare Management Executive MBA. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

23,095 Students

28

Winston-Salem State University

The Master of Healthcare Administration offered by Winston-Salem State University was named one of the most affordable Master's in Healthcare Administration programs in 2015. The program consists of online and on-campus classes, and it typically takes four semesters to complete. Courses for the M.H.A. program include healthcare information systems management, population health planning and implementation, environmental health management, and more. Graduates of this program work in many different settings including consulting firms, medical practices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and more.

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

5,220 Students

29

Rutgers University

The School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration with an optional concentration in long-term care. The B.S. in Health Administration consists of 49 credits of major requirements, including coursework in subjects like health care systems, writing for professionals, health care economics, health care law and ethics, health care marketing, research methods and financial management. Students are also required to complete a three-credit leadership seminar and a six-credit internship. Students who choose to specialize their studies in long-term care complete an additional three courses that teach them about public health, aging and long-term care management, including an internship in a long-term care setting. Students who complete the concentration are eligible to take the New Jersey State Nursing Home Administrator Licensing Exam.

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

48,378 Students

30

Bellevue University

Bellevue University offers a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA). The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management offers a project-based curriculum that covers subjects like health information technology, human resources in healthcare, healthcare marketing, fiscal management and legal and regulatory issues in the healthcare industry. Healthcare management students have the opportunity to interview leaders in the fields of finance, human resources and health information technology and are required to complete a four credit capstone project where they explore a major healthcare management topic related to a specific organization. The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management can be completed online or in-person, while the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) is only offered online.

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

9,879 Students

31

University of Southern Maine

USM's School of Business offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with a Health Management & Policy concentration. On the undergraduate level, the Department of Exercise, Health & Sport Sciences offers a Bachelor in Health Sciences with a Health Care Administration track. Students admitted to these programs may be eligible for a number of scholarships that are reserved for enrollees at the School of Business. Students with low- to moderate-income backgrounds can apply for the Bank of America Scholarship, while the Burchard Dunn Memorial Scholarship is open to sophomore, junior and senior students of the school with a demonstrable history of strong community involvement.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,428 Students

32

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health offers health administration programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management (BSHSM) trains students to develop and implement policies that improve the delivery of health services across a wide population spectrum. The school also offers a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree. Qualified BSHSM students can apply for early admission to the MHA program and reduce the time it would take for them to complete both degrees. Joint degree programs are offered in law (MPA/JD) and in business (MPA/MBA). Graduate certificates in health systems management and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in health policy & management are also available.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,690 Students

33

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers a bachelor's degree in health care administration. Graduates of this program often become administrator and leaders of organizations such as hospices, outpatient clinics, assisted living facilities, and group homes. They are prepared for many different positions such as pharmaceutical salesperson, nursing home administrator, marketing manager, HMO underwriter, health care consultant, and human resources director. Health care administration students participate in a practicum, which consists of 50 weeks at an affiliated health care facility. This allows students a way to gain experience in a real world setting.

CAG Score 95.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

10,721 Students

34

The University of Texas at Arlington

The College of Business at the University of Texas in Arlington offers a Master of Science in Health Care Administration (MS HCAD) program. This is an accelerated cohort-based program that is designed so that students can complete the program in 24 months. Required courses include accounting, economics, financial management, healthcare quality assessment, legal issues in healthcare management, marketing management, and strategic management. UTA's College of Business has an integrated degree program with the College of Science, whereby students admitted to the MS HCAD program can concurrently pursue a degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology (BIOL/HCAD). This five-year program is designed to help prepare students for a career in health care administration, medical school or advanced study.

CAG Score 95.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

39,740 Students

35

Northeastern State University

The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration offered by Northeastern State University can be taken in a blend of online and on-campus classes. While all HCA classes specifically are only offered online, core classes may be taken online or on campus. Students who have an associate degree can participate in the HCA Degree Completion Program offered by the College of Extended Learning. This degree equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to develop, plan, and also manage health care services and operations.

CAG Score 95.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,310 Students

36

Missouri Western State University

The School of Nursing and Health Professions at Missouri Western State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHllM). The B.S. in Health Information Management requires 73 major credits, including core coursework in pharmacology, health care delivery systems, reimbursement systems, health data management, quality management and applied health informatics. Students are also required to complete applied research, a senior seminar and a professional management experience. Additionally, the School offers a 34-credit health information management certificate and a health information management minor, which requires the completion of 21 to 24 credits.

CAG Score 95.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

5,834 Students

37

George Mason University

Through its Department of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University offers a BS in Health Administration and an MHA in Health Systems Management. The BS in Health Administration prepares students to become managers in healthcare settings and is offered in three concentrations: health systems management, assisted living/senior housing administration and health informatics. The Master of Health Administration (MHA) in Health Systems Management prepares students for executive-level roles in healthcare settings and has an interdisciplinary curriculum that is designed for working professionals. Most MHA students complete the program on a part-time basis, with classes offered in the evenings and on Saturdays. The College of Health and Human Services offers one scholarship specific to Health Administration and Policy students: the CHHS Student Travel Award.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

33,729 Students

38

Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) offers a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies program that allows students to choose healthcare administration as their area of concentration. This program can be pursued online and includes courses such as nursing leadership management, community health nursing, healthcare research, and international health. MTSU also offers a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management. Students are required to take the following core courses: management and operations concepts, health care management, and health care delivery issues. Up to six credits of approved coursework may be transferred to the certificate program. Students accepted to the Master of Business Administration program offered by MTSU's Jennings A. Jones College of Business can choose healthcare management as their area of concentration.

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

22,729 Students

39

Dakota State University

Dakota State University offers a BS in Health Information Administration, an AS in Health Information Technology and a certificate in health care coding. The BS in Health Information Administration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and can be completed in-person or online. The program curriculum trains students to become experts in medical record management, preparing them for a profession as a health information administrator. Students are required to complete supervised internships at healthcare facilities that provide real world training and give students the opportunity to network. Students also have the opportunity to network and engage in professional activities through the school's Health Information Management Club.

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,047 Students

40

Cedar Crest College

The School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE) at Cedar Crest College offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in health care management. Students admitted to the program can earn the degree on campus or completely online. All SAGE business courses are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). On-campus business courses often follow an accelerated seven-week format of delivery. There is also a one-year Health Care Management Certificate available. The certificate program is offered entirely online as well as on campus. Cedar Crest maintains partnership programs with several schools that offer associate programs in business, which facilitates the transfer of credits into a four-year program at Cedar Crest.

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,531 Students

41

The Sage Colleges

The School of Management at the Sage Colleges offers a Master of Science in Health Services Administration that prepares students for administrative and management positions in health care organizations such as hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, health insurance companies, and government regulatory agencies. The program is offered in face-to-face classes at Sage in Saratoga and also online. The Saratoga program offers a specialization track in dietetics and offers a research or non-research option. In the online format, the classes are delivered asynchronously and students cannot select a research option. Required classes cover topics such as legal aspects, budgeting, health finance, program analysis, comparative health systems, and management information systems. Students are also required to have an externship or internship.

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,878 Students

42

Kean University

Kean University offers a joint baccalaureate degree program in health information management with the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions (SHRP). Students accepted to the program enroll at Kean University for the first two years, where they complete all the required general education and pre-professional courses. The professional courses for the health information management major are then taken at Rutgers-SHRP. Students can choose from the following tracks: medical coding, compliance, health informatics, clinical trials science, or health information leadership. The program is accredited by CAHIIM, the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Students who complete the program satisfactorily are eligible to sit for the national registry examination to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,359 Students

43

Spoon River College

Spoon River College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in health information management. This four-semester program consists of 62 to 63 credit hours of coursework and is part of the Health Science Career Cluster at the college. Students receive training and instruction that enables to organize and manage health data, secure and analyze crucial information for patient care, and handle research, marketing, and legal responsibilities in a variety of healthcare settings. The curriculum includes courses in pharmacology, anatomy/physiology fundamentals, medical terminology, human diseases and conditions, insurance reimbursement, and phlebotomy. Students must complete a supervised internship program in order to graduate. Short-term, HIM-related certificates are also available in areas such as medical insurance and billing and in medical coding.

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,667 Students

44

University of Colorado Denver

The Business School at the University of Colorado in Denver offers a Master of Science in Health Administration degree. Students accepted to the program follow a curriculum that covers a wide range of relevant topics including healthcare financial management, quality and process improvement, legal and ethical environment of business, and applied economics for managers. Courses are available both on campus and online, giving students a considerable amount of flexibility in scheduling their classes and earning their degree. UC Denver also offers a Master of Business Administration program that allows students to specialize in health administration. Both programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and are the only accredited health administration programs in the Rocky Mountain area.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

22,791 Students

45

West Texas A & M University

West Texas A&M University offers a Master of Business Administration program with an emphasis in health care management. Students who wish to be considered for this emphasis must have at least two years of professional experience in the health care space or in a related field. The curriculum includes courses in the legal aspects of health care, economics of health and medical care, financial management of health care, business communication for health care managers, health care marketing and public relations, and planning for IT in health care. The university's MBA degree is a 31-49 credit program that is designed to be completed in two years. Students have the option of taking the required courses on campus in the evenings or asynchronously online.

CAG Score 95.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,972 Students

46

University of South Dakota

The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in health services administration. The program is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Students are required to complete 51 hours in the major in addition to a pre-major business core. Coursework includes a wide range of business and health administration topics such as business statistics, information systems for business professionals, health services management and epidemiology, and gerontology and long term care. Several courses are available online, while some are offered only during the fall or spring semester. Students pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree can choose health services administration as their area of specialization.

CAG Score 95.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

10,061 Students

47

Western Carolina University

Students accepted to the Master of Health Sciences program at the College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University have the option of selecting health management as their area of concentration. This is a 33-semester-hour program that is available online. The curriculum includes courses that cover a wide range of relevant topics such as health care informatics, Medicare and Medicaid, leadership strategies, health care marketing, and quality performance. Students with an interest in a particular health management aspect that is not supported by the current curriculum can take an independent study in health sciences course with the approval of their advisor. Students can either complete a research project or write a thesis in order to graduate from the program.

CAG Score 95.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

10,382 Students

48

University of Central Florida

The College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration through the Department of Health Management and Informatics. The program is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Although pre-requisite courses as well as general education courses are not always available online, the core courses for the BS in Health Services Administration program are offered both online and on campus. The curriculum includes coursework in the following: health care law and ethics, medical terminology, health care economics, principles of managed care, community health, U.S. health care systems, and epidemiology. Students are required to complete an internship experience in order to graduate from the program.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 95.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

60,767 Students

49

University of North Florida

The Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Health Administration (BHA) degree that is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Students are required to complete an internship program in order to earn their BHA degree. A Master in Health Administration (MHA) program is also available. This program is accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME). MHA students have to take 48 credits in the major, which include courses such as health care organization and delivery, managerial epidemiology, health information technology, and advanced health care financial management. There are a number of scholarship opportunities for MHA students including the Foster G. McGraw Graduate Student Scholarship ($5,000).

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 95.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,984 Students

50

Florida International University

The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Services at Florida International University offers a Bachelor of Health Services Administration (BHSA) degree. Students admitted to the program gain relevant administrative knowledge and skills that allow them to improve the quality and delivery of care to multi-cultural and multi-generational populations in a variety of healthcare settings. The college also offers a minor in health services administration for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in another field. Health policy and management is offered as an area of specialization in the accelerated one-year Master of Public Health (MPH) program offered by the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. A Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management can also be combined with an MPH degree.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 95.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

49,610 Students

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