2017 Top Online Schools for Health Administration

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1

Keiser University

Keiser University offers a Master of Business Administration in Health Services Administration that can be pursued online. This program is also available in Mandarin. Courses in this program are eight weeks long, and this degree is 36 graduate credit hours long. Students in this program will take general M.B.A. coursework in areas such as marketing, finance, accounting, and management, and students in the Health Services Administration concentration will take courses such as Strategic Management of Health Services Organizations, Quality Management in Health Care, Corporate Compliance in Health Care, and Healthcare Finance.

2

Pfeiffer University

Pfeiffer University offers a Master of Health Administration and a graduate certificate in Health Administration. The goal of this program is to prepare students for leadership roles in health organizations. The curriculum integrates healthcare administration academics and practical experience. The degree program is meant for the working adult, and it allows students to set their own pace and arrange their studies around their schedule. Students enrolled in the program take courses such as Organizational Communications, Contemporary Health Administration, Legal and Ethical Perspectives in Healthcare Administration, and Health Services Marketing.

3

University of St Francis

The University of St. Francis offers several online degrees in health administration: Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Administration, a Master of Science in Health Administration, and a Master of Science in Training Development with a concentration in Health Administration. All of these degrees can be completed online, and none of them require a residency component. The M.B.A. program can be completed in 12 - 18 months, the M.S. program can be completed in 15 months, and the M.S.T.D. program can be completed in 12 months. Online health administration students will receive the same high quality educational experience as traditional students.

CAG Score 94.5

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

3,762 Students

4

Ohio University

The College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University offers a Master of Health Administration that is fully online. The program takes two years to complete, and it does not require a residency component. The online M.H.A. program is meant for adult professionals who want to advance their careers in the field of health administration. Students enrolled in this program will take courses such as Epidemiology in Health Administration, Ethical Issues in Health Care, Leadership of Health Organizations, and Information Systems for Health Services.

CAG Score 94.2

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

29,217 Students

5

Davenport University

Davenport University offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration that can be pursued entirely online. This program will prepare students for entry-level positions within a wide range of health care organizations and settings. Graduates of this degree program are prepared for successful careers in integrated health care systems, community health organizations, retirement and long term care facilities, and more. The program consists of 120 credits. Students enrolled in this program will take such courses as Introduction to Human Disease, Introduction to Biostatistics, Principles of Health Care Management, and IT for Health Care Management.

6

University of Southern Indiana

The College of Nursing and Health Professions at University of Southern Indiana offers a Master of Health Administration as well as a Master of Health Administration with a Health Informatics Specialty, which can be pursued online. There are three intensives of two to three days each that students are required to attend on the USI campus. The M.H.A. with a Health Informatics Specialty concentrates on the leadership and management principles for communications throughout the health care industry. Students enrolled in this program will take courses such as Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care, Health Care Leadership, and Managerial Accounting in Health Care.

7

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

The Department of Health Policy and Administration in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State offers a Master of Health Administration in Health Policy and Administration online. Graduates of this program will have the opportunity to combine a strong business management education and health-related work experience. The program was recently awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Graduates of this program often pursue careers in hospitals and health systems, clinics and outpatient care centers, skilled nursing facilities, insurance companies, consulting firms, home health care agencies, and more. Students enrolled in the program will take courses such as Financing Health Care, Health Services Organizational Behavior, and Change Leadership in Health Services Organizations.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

8

Wilmington University

Wilmington University offers a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration, which can be pursued online. The goal of this program is to prepare students for leadership roles within the field of health administration. This program is 36 credit hours, and the online format offers the flexibility that many adult professionals need. Students in this degree program will take courses in Legal Aspects in Health Care, Marketing in the Health Care Sector, Health Policy and Economics.

9

University of Maryland-University College

University College of the University of Maryland offers online programs for undergraduate and graduate degrees for students interested in health administration. The Master of Science in Health Care Administration is a 36-credit program that includes a three-credit capstone course. Students take foundational courses in management and nine courses focusing directly on health care administration. Major courses cover topics such as the U.S. health care system, long-term care administration, legal aspects, financial management for health care organizations, and information technology in health care. The undergraduate degree is in health services management. Required courses cover topics such as data analysis in health care, facilities management, health care economics, and strategic planning.

10

University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati offers a Master of Health Administration that can be pursued online. The goal of this program is to prepare students to enhance their careers in the health care industry. There are no residency requirements for this program, and it can be completed online. Students enrolled in this program may take such courses as Global Health Systems, Emerging Issues in Health Systems Management, Health Policy 1: Health Policy & Regulation, and Health Policy 2: Legal & Ethical Issues.

11

Franklin University

Franklin University offers a Master of Healthcare Administration degree, which can be pursued online. This program equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue leadership roles in the health care industry. Graduates of this program often go on to work in public health organizations, group medical practices, hospital systems, and more. This program can be completed in as little as 16 months, and there are no residency requirements. Online courses are taught by the same highly qualified faculty members who teach the classes on campus. Students in this program will take courses such as Finance and Managerial Accounting in Healthcare Organizations, Healthcare Delivery Systems, and Healthcare Laws and Ethics.

12

California State University-East Bay

California State University East Bay offers a Master of Science in Health Care Administration online. This program is meant to equip working health care professionals with the skills and knowledge to advance their careers. Students in the program will gain knowledge and skills in communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the health care environment, and business skills and knowledge. Students enrolled in this program will take courses such as U.S. Health Care Systems, Leadership and Change in Health Care Organizations, Development of Healthy Organizations and Communities, and Organization Theory and Behavior in Health Care.

13

Saint Leo University

The School of Business at Saint Leo University offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management as well as a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management, and both of these degrees can be completed online. The B.S. degree program features courses which explore health care financial management, health care policy analysis, strategic management of health care systems, and more, and the program is accredited by the International Assemble for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The M.B.A. with a concentration in Health Care Management can be completed in one year, and the courses focus on U.S. health insurance, health care and taxation, legal and ethical issues, federal and state health policy processes, and more.

14

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Indiana University offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management as well as a graduate certificate in Health Information Management and Exchange, and both of these programs can be pursued entirely online. There are no residency requirements with these programs, and they are meant to advance the careers of health care professionals. The B.S. degree consists of 120 credit hours, and it is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Many graduates of the program go on to pursue successful careers in revenue cycle auditing, HIPPAA compliance assessments, third-party payer recovery auditing, and electronic health record implementation.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 95.5

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

30,690 Students

15

The College of Saint Scholastica

The College of St. Scholastica offers a Bachelor of Arts in Management with a concentration in Healthcare Administration that can be pursued online. The program is entirely online, and there are no residency requirements. It consists of 128 credits, and students take these courses in accelerated eight week terms. The program is ideal for adult practitioners who do not have a four-year degree yet. Students enrolled in this program will take courses such as Medicolegal Issues, Clinical Data Management, and U.S. Health Care System.

16

St Petersburg College

St. Petersburg College offers a fully online program leading to a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration. Students have a choice of specialization areas, depending upon their career goals: management, public relations and marketing, human services, compliance and security, or respiratory care. To enter the program, applicants should have an associate of science in a health-related field or an associate of arts along with a completed certificate or diploma in a health-related field. Students are required to complete 18 credits in core classes, six credits in capstone classes, and 15 credits in their specialty area. Students must secure a mentor to help them with the capstone project, completed in their final semester.

17

Weber State University

The Dunke College of Health Professions at Weber State University offers a Bachelor of Integrated Studies with an emphasis in Health Administrative Services, which can be pursued online. Students pursuing this degree must choose two other areas of emphasis, and there is one three-day visit to the Weber campus that is required for the program. The program is meant to offer health care professionals the knowledge and skills to further their careers, and graduates of the program often pursue positions with pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, state and federal agencies, and management consulting.

CAG Score 94.6

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

25,954 Students

18

Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University offers a Bachelor in Science in Health Care Administration and a Master of Health Administration, and both of these degrees may be pursued online. These are both 100% online, and there are no residency requirements. Both of these programs equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in leadership and administrative roles in the health care industry. In the bachelor's program, students will take courses on health organizations and management, health care quality, and health care finance. In the Master's program, students will take courses such as Health Behavior, Public Health Administration, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics for Public Health.

CAG Score 93.7

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

20,171 Students

19

George Washington University

The George Washington University offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Research Administration, a Master of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Research Administration, and a graduate certificate in Clinical Research Administration, which may be pursued online. All of these programs prepare clinical research professionals to advance in their careers by providing them with the necessary knowledge and skills in medicines development and clinical trial conduct. These programs are all 100% online with no residency requirements. Students in the bachelor's program will take courses such as Good Clinical Practices and Pathophysiology whereas students in the Master's degree program will take courses such as Topics in Health Care Leadership and Leadership and Change in Clinical Research Administration.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

20

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Saint Joseph's College offers many different health administration degrees online: bachelor's degrees in health administration, health information management; long-term care administration; business administration - senior living leadership; and interdisciplinary studies available with health administration minor, long-term care minor, or senior living leadership minor; as well as Master's degrees in health administration (available with a Catholic health leadership emphasis), and an M.S.N./M.H.A. dual degree. All of these program are available 100% online, and there are no residency requirements. These programs are meant to advance the careers of health care professionals or potential health care professionals. Students in these programs will take courses such as Healthcare Informatics, Leadership in Healthcare Administration, Ethical and Legal Perspectives, and United States Healthcare Systems.

21

Ferris State University

Ferris State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree completion program as well as a Master of Health Administration, and both of these degrees can be pursued online. The Master's degree program is 100% online with no residency requirement, and it is meant for potential leaders in the healthcare industry. The Master's degree program takes two years to complete, and there is an Executive Format program meant for students that have two or more years of supervisory or management experience. Students enrolled in the Master's degree program will take courses such as Healthcare Strategic Planning, Healthcare Organizational Behavior, and Healthcare Finance Application.

CAG Score 96.0

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

14,600 Students

22

Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University offers a Master of Health Administration and a Doctor of Health Administration, and both of these programs can be pursued online. The M.H.A. program consists entirely of online courses, and there is no residency requirement. The D.H.A. program is offered in 15 online courses with six face-to-face seminars in two to three day intensives on campus. These programs are meant for healthcare professionals who wish to advance their careers and prepare for leadership and management roles within the healthcare industry. Graduates of the M.H.A. program will qualify for positions such as senior-level hospital administrator, nursing home CEO, and group practice manager.

CAG Score 94.5

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

26,879 Students

23

Belhaven University

Belhaven University offers a Bachelor of Health Administration, a Master of Business Administration with Health Administration concentration, a Master of Health Administration, and a graduate certificate in health administration. These programs are all 100% online, and there is no on-campus residency component. These programs are ideal for students who wish to pursue leadership or management positions within the health care industry. Students in the B.H.A. program will take courses such as Healthcare Organizations in the United States and Healthcare Marketing, students in the M.B.A. program will take courses such as Current Issues and Trends in Health Administration and Health Care Quality Management, and students in the M.H.A. program will take courses like Legal and Regulatory Environment of Health Care.

24

Saint Joseph's University

Saint Joseph's University offers a Master of Science in Health Administration, and this degree can be pursued online. This program is 100% online, and there are no campus visits required. This degree is available in a general track and a career-focused concentration. The general track provides students with new ideas and perspectives about the complex ethics in health care whereas the career-focused concentration focuses specifically on students who wish to advance their career. Students in this program will take courses such as Epidemiology and Community Health, Health Policy, Health Care and the Internet, and Computer-Based Patient Records.

25

Drexel University

Drexel University offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration and a Master of Health Administration, and these degrees are available online. These programs can be completed fully online, and there are no campus visits that are required. The courses in the online programs are taught by the same highly qualified faculty that teaches the on-campus courses. These degrees are meant for working professionals who wish to pursue leadership roles in health care. Students in the bachelor's degree program will take courses such as Financial Management in Health Care and Management of Health Services, and students in the Master's degree program will take courses such as Introduction to Biostatistics and Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy.

26

New England College

New England College offers an Associate of Science in Healthcare Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management, which may all be pursued online. These programs are completely online programs, requiring no campus visits. The associate degree and the bachelor's degree will prepare students for entry-level positions in the health care industry or for further studies. The M.B.A. program will provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue leadership roles in health care. The M.B.A. program can be completed in 20 months, and it includes courses such as Quality and Lean for Healthcare, Principles of Health Informatics, and Comparative Healthcare Systems.

27

Brenau University

Brenau University offers a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management that can be pursued entirely online with no campus visits. The degree consists of 15 courses or 45 credit hours, and it is meant for working professionals within the health care industry who would like to pursue administrative or leadership roles. There is also an option for students who already hold a graduate degree to earn a Health Care Management certificate by completing five required courses within the Health Care Management concentration curriculum. Students enrolled in this program will take courses such as Ethics and Leadership in Healthcare, Law and Policy Development in Healthcare, and Advanced Topics in Healthcare.

28

Tiffin University

Tiffin University offers a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration as well as a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration, and both of these degrees may be pursued online. Students in the bachelor's degree program may select from 24 elective hours to pursue a concentration in long-term care, mental health, acute care, or public health. Graduates of this program often pursue successful careers as healthcare marketing directors, chief nursing officers, and more. Students who complete an M.B.A. degree with a concentration in healthcare administration will explore concepts of financial management, decision making tools, and current issues in health law.

29

Seton Hall University

The College of Nursing at Seton Hall University offers a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Health Systems Administration, and the School of Health and Medical Sciences offers a Master of Health Administration, and both of these degrees may be pursued entirely online. Online students in the M.S.N. program must complete three clinical internships, and the program may be completed in two years. The M.H.A. program is 42 credit hours, and it is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

30

University of Southern California

The Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California offers an Executive Master of Health Administration that can be pursued online. There are two five-day in-residence sessions that students must participate in. The program is meant for mid-career management and clinical professionals who wish to advance their careers within the healthcare industry. Graduates of the program often become executive directors, medical and health services managers, and senior managers. Students enrolled in the program will take courses such as Health Care Economics, Financing, and Reimbursement as well as Operational Efficiency Processes in Health Care Organizations.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

31

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University offers a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration and management as well as a Master's degree in healthcare administration and management, and both of these degrees may be pursued online. These programs are entirely online, and there are no residency requirements. In both programs, students will develop skills and knowledge to either enter the health care field or advance their careers. Students in the bachelor's degree program will take courses such as Healthcare Operations Management and Healthcare Information Systems, and students in the Master's degree program will take courses such as Organizational Behavior and Human Resources in Healthcare and Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare.

32

Medical University of South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina offers a Master of Health Administration and a Doctor of Health Administration, which can both be pursued online. The Master's degree requires on-campus sessions which are generally offered in June, September, and January of each year, and the D.H.A. program requires that students spend one long weekend on campus each semester. The M.H.A. program is 54 credit hours, and students will take courses such as Health Economics and Healthcare Management. The D.H.A. program is a three-year program, and students will take courses in leadership, health policy, strategic management, and applied research.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

33

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Brigham Young University - Idaho offers a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree, which can be pursued online. This degree is 100% online and requires no campus visits. Graduates of this program are suited for positions in public health management, health insurance organizations, urgent care centers, long term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and more. The program is a total of 120 credits, and it includes courses such as Hospital and Health Administration, Healthcare Finance, Managing Healthcare Provider Organizations, Healthcare Insurance Industry, and Managing Technology in Healthcare Provider Organizations.

CAG Score 96.3

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

36,624 Students

34

Concordia University-Wisconsin

Concordia University of Wisconsin offers a variety of online programs in health administration, from programs leading to degrees at the associate level to concentrations in the MBA program. The associate in health care management is a 64-credit program that provides students with management and leadership skills for the health care industry. The Bachelor in Health Care Management is a 128-credit program for students interested in positions such as facility manager, health care financial manager, medical records coordinator or practice manager. Students take courses such as eldercare, health care ethics, health care marketing, and strategic planning and evaluation. Students work a six-credit practicum. MBA candidates can choose a concentration in health care administration or health care administration for practicing nurses.

35

Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center

The College of Health Sciences at Des Moines University offers a Master of Health Care Administration degree online. The program requires students to spend three five-day experiences on campus. The goal of the M.H.A. program is the equip students with the knowledge and skills to be exceptional leaders within the health care industry, and the online courses are taught by the same experienced and qualified M.H.A. faculty as the on-campus courses. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management. It can be completed in two years, and it consists of 48 credit hours. Students enrolled in the program will take courses such as Overview of the U.S. Health System and Health Care Statistics and Research.

36

National Louis University

The College of Professional Studies and Advancement at National Louis University offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Leadership as well as a Master in Health Services Administration that can both be pursued online. These degrees are entirely online, and they do not require a residency component. The programs are meant for working professionals who wish to obtain entry-level positions or advance their careers within the health care industry. In the bachelor's degree, students will explore policies and regulations related to health care delivery, methods of communication that are used in health care, financial and physical resource administration, and more.

37

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

The College of Health Professions at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science offers a Master of Science in Health Administration degree entirely online. There are no residency requirements in this program, and the program will prepare students to explore management-oriented positions and careers in the health care industry. Online courses are taught by experts in the field who are also professionals in online teaching. Students enrolled in this program will take courses such as Healthcare Informatics, Marketing Healthcare, Statistics for Health Administrators, and Healthcare Management in Non-Hospital Settings.

38

Charter Oak State College

Charter Oak State College offers an online degree-completion program for a Bachelor in Health Care Administration. The program is designed for people who are currently working in the health care industry and have some college credits. The major requires at least 42 credits in classes covering topics such as financial accounting, health care finances, ethical issues, regulation and accreditation of health care, and human resource management. Students must complete a capstone project in health care administration. The university grants credit for prior learning, such as giving credit for some health care credentials or training received on the job.

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Champlain College

Champlain College, which specializes in degree-completion programs for adult learners, has an online program for students who want to complete their Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. Applicants are required to have an associate degree or 60 equivalent college credits, but the associate degree can be in any subject. The program is an accelerated, 60-credit program that can be completed entirely online in an asynchronous format that allows students to attend class when they have the time. Classes are offered in a seven-week format. While working on their degree, students will complete a related 15-credit certificate to jump-start their career. The curriculum covers topics such as information systems, health care communication, and managing clinical systems.

40

East Carolina University

Students who have completed at least two years of college work, such as by earning an associate degree, can finish their four-year degree in health care administration online through Eastern Carolina University. The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management prepares graduates for a mid-level management career in the health care industry or for graduate school. ECU offers a concentration in allied health management specifically for students who are working in the health care field and already hold an associate degree and some sort of license or credential. Students take courses such as medical practice management, health data management, and managing patient flow. Students must meet prerequisites including human anatomy, biostatistics, and medical terminology.

CAG Score 95.0

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

27,511 Students

Evaluating Online Health Administration Degrees

Online health administration degrees are now widely available. Thanks to demand, online and hybrid executive degrees are becoming particularly common.

Wondering if your online degree will be respected by future employers? Ask if your program has:

  • Regional accreditation for the university or college
  • AUPHA accreditation for undergraduate degrees
  • CAHME accreditation for on-campus master’s degrees (although CAHME does not accredit 100% online programs, this tells you that the university is committed to quality)
  • Internships, supervised residencies and/or postgraduate fellowships in your local area (employers want to see real-world experience on your résumé)
  • Strong “brick and mortar” reputation (e.g. top grad school rankings, high pass rates for certification exams, strong research centers and distinguished alumni)
  • The same faculty who teach on-campus courses teaching online
  • Dedicated distance learning support services

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