Top 25 Largest Health Administration Programs

Welcome to our Annual List of the Top 25 Largest Health Administration Programs.  We have worked hard putting together this list and are excited to show the world some of the most developed health administration programs in the United States.  Our Annual List includes not only MHA Degrees, but also MPH and MBA degrees with focuses in Health Administration.  This List represents students that attend these schools in both the full time and part time programs.

One of the best features that many of these programs have is their ability to help sustain the health administration workforce.  The future is looking bright for health administration careers and we are excited that these programs have taken the initiative by expanding their programs.  Here is our Annual List of the Top 25 Largest Health Administration Programs.

Top 25 Largest Health Administration Programs

#1 Columbia University (MPH)

Students: 333
The Department of Health Policy and Management is a unit in the Mailman School of Public Health, one of the first accredited schools of public health in the country. The Department conducts studies on the formulation and implementation of health care policy and the planning and management of the increasingly diverse range of institutions that provide health care. It offers three major academic programs: (1) a full time program in which students concentrate in management, policy, global health, or effectiveness and outcomes research; (2) a part-time program; and (3) an Executive Program. All programs provide students with analytical skills and methodological tools necessary for managers and policy makers in the public, voluntary, and private sectors.

#2 University of Central Florida

Students: 317
The health services administration graduate program is one of approximately 70 programs in the world that are fully accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), formerly known as the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration (ACEHSA). The program appeals to a variety of students, including recent college graduates and professionals in health care who are interested in broadening their knowledge of business aspects of the field and advancing their careers. Still other students enter the program as a first step towards earning a doctorate in public affairs or a related field. For More Information

#3 Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Students: 316
The online health administration degree prepares managers for leadership roles in organizations that deliver, regulate or provide healthcare services. There is also a specialized concentration for managers and supervisors in Catholic healthcare organizations. Completing this online program will enable students to acquire and apply a systematic body of knowledge related to the management of healthcare services, develop effective leadership techniques and identify and internalize appropriate standards of professional and ethical conduct. For More Information

#4 Rosalind Franklin University

Students: 249
Master of Science Program in Health Administration is an online educational program that can augment healthcare professionals’ experiences and students’ clinical education with business acumen to better plan for and respond to changes in the healthcare industry. The curriculum is designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to integrate best business practice with clinical practice to meet the challenges of a complex healthcare delivery system. For More Information

#5 University of Houston Clear Lake

Students: 237
This program recently relocated to the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center, in the Galveston-Houston metropolitan area. The main campus of the university is located in the southern part of Houston, about 25 miles south of the Texas Medical Center, near the Johnson Space Center. Students have the resources of the Texas Medical Center, Johnson Space Center, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and numerous other educational and service organizations nearby. These resources offer the student opportunities for administrative and clinical experience as well as involvement in various activities that enhance professional development. For More Information

#6 Des Moines University

Students: 206
Des Moines University offers a Master of Health Care Administration (M.H.A.) degree. The M.H.A. program is designed to support professionals working in health services administration and management. Courses are offered online, or on-campus evenings and weekends and provide an opportunity for students to further develop their understanding of the health care delivery system and their management and leadership skills. The M.H.A. program was established in 1982 to offer a degree program in a schedule and format that accommodates nontraditional students. For More Information

#7 California State University Long Beach

Students: 190
California State University, Long Beach offers a comprehensive, convenient and affordable program of graduate study in the dynamic field of health care administration. Students may pursue traditional Master of Science degree, Accelerated Master of Science degree, a post baccalaureate certificate or a joint Masters in Nursing and Health Care Administration. The program is designed for persons with a variety of undergraduate experiences who give evidence of interest and potential for success in health care management or research. For the traditional MS Program, classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening for the convenience of adult learners. For the Accelerated MS Program some classes are offered completely online and other classes are offered on campus on Saturdays. For More Information

#8 New York University (MPA)

Students: 160
The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service offers a program in health policy and management that leads to the professional degree of Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.). The program is designed to prepare individuals who are interested in careers as managers in health services organizations including hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care centers, and health maintenance organizations, and as policy analysts and financial managers for governmental and non-governmental health care organizations. There are four structured specializations: health services management, health policy, health finance and international health. In addition to these specializations, students may create customized specializations in such areas as long-term care and public health. For More Information

#9 University of Michigan

Students: 154
The University of Michigan’s Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) and Master of Public Health (MPH) programs in the Department of Health Management and Policy prepare students for high-level professional careers in all facets of health management and policy. There is a strong joint core curriculum for the two degrees. The program derives its national reputation from the unusual breadth and depth of its curriculum, the integration of both management and health policy education in the core curriculum, the size and prominence of its faculty, and the stature and accomplishments of its graduates. For More Information

#10 Simmons College

Students: 143
The Masters in Health Administration (MHA) degree is offered by the Graduate Program in Health Care Administration (HCA) at Simmons College. The HCA program has a rigorous and dynamic curriculum and focuses on the needs of women and men working in health care. Classes are held in the evenings so that students can continue their employment while attending school, applying their newly acquired skills and knowledge at work, and using that experience to illuminate and enhance the learning process. For More Information

#11 University of Pennsylvania (MBA)

Students: 135
The University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program in Health Care Management is a two-year M.B.A. curriculum at the Wharton School. It is designed to provide managerial and technical expertise to those pursuing influential careers in health care management. For More Information

#12 Northwestern University (MBA)

Students: 130
The HEMA Program within the Kellogg School of Management is a two-year course of study leading to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree. The program provides a managerial and technical foundation for students planning careers in health industry management and for business majors interested in health management issues. Through the HEMA Program, Kellogg also offers a unique major in biotechnology. For More Information

#13 Medical Univ. of South Carolina

Students: 120
The Residential MHA program at MUSC is housed in the Division of Health Administration and Policy within the College of Health Professions. The Department also houses an Executive MHA program and an Executive Doctorate program in Health Administration Leadership. The objective of the Residential MHA program is to prepare individuals who have limited healthcare experience for healthcare management positions in a variety of healthcare settings. Particular efforts are made to familiarize Residential MHA students with our healthcare delivery system by offering them opportunities to interact with local healthcare executives and to gain beneficial experiences in local healthcare settings. For More Information

#14 University of Missouri

Students: 115
Located in the School of Medicine and within one of the top-ranked primary care Health Sciences Centers, the Program in Health Services Management draws on the richness of this setting and its advanced management systems as a learning environment. The Program is rigorous, and graduates are prepared to be effective problem solvers and to lead change in complex health industry organizations. The uniqueness of the Program is its strong content in integrated health systems, health informatics, and health systems change and leadership. The Program recruits students from throughout the country and internationally. Students are placed nationally and internationally in training settings and positions in leading health systems. For More Information

#15 Texas Woman’s University

Students: 114
The Health Care Administration Program at Texas Woman’s University is located within the College of Health Sciences and provides qualified individuals an opportunity for graduate study and training leading to Masters in Health Care Administration degree. Through required and elective course work, an optional practical experience, and interaction with health care professionals, the student gains knowledge of the social, economic, and political environment of the American health care system. The program can be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis, enabling employed individuals to maintain their positions. A number of students in the program are pursuing a joint MSN/MHA degree. For More Information

#16 University of Southern California

Students: 107

The USC Master of Health Administration (MHA) program has been training leaders in health management and policy for more than 35 years. Features of the USC MHA include a focused health management and policy degree that offers students breadth and depth in areas of specialization. For More Information

#17 Union Graduate College (MBA)

Students: 105
The program in Healthcare Management of Union Graduate College is located on the campus of Union College in Schenectady, New York. The Program is accredited by both CAHME and AACSB. The principal degree offered is the MBA in Healthcare Management. Located in the Capital District of New York State, the program maintains close working relationships with a variety of private health care institutions in addition to public sector agencies. For More Information

#18 Boston University (MBA)

Students: 104
Boston University offers an MBA with a certificate in Health Sector Management on both a full and part time basis. The Health Sector Management Program (HSMP) is fully housed within the School of Management. The Program addresses the entire sector, including bio-pharma and medical device companies, hospitals and health care systems, consultation and health sector support organizations, and managed care and public policy. Established in 1972, the Program attracts students nationally and internationally, and has alumni in 36 states and many foreign countries. For More Information

#19 Xavier University

Students: 102
Established in 1958, the Graduate Program in Health Services Administration at Xavier University is committed to meeting the need for effective leadership of a constantly changing health care system. The unique combination of theory and application has given the Graduate Program national recognition and an outstanding reputation. The more than 1,600 alumni hold influential positions in a variety of health care organizations throughout the U.S. and in nine foreign countries and serve as valuable resources to the Graduate Program and its graduates. For More Information

#20 University of Alabama

Students: 98
Since 1965, the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) Program has been a member of AUPHA. The program is located in the School of Health Professions within the world-renowned Medical Center of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The program includes full-time study and offers options for students to earn two graduate degrees simultaneously. The first option provides students with an opportunity to earn both an MSHA and a Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) degree. The second option, offered in cooperation with the School of Business, provides an opportunity for students to earn both the MSHA and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. The program also offers options to earn certificates in Gerontology and Health Care Financial Management. For More Information

#21 Georgia State University

Students: 98
As one of the first universities in the nation to introduce the joint, double degree MBA/MHA program, the Institute of Health Administration/Robinson College of Business at Georgia State has produced key leaders in the health care industry for over 40 years. The Robinson College of Business has been consistently ranked in the top 10 MBA (part-time) programs nationally, and the health administration program has been ranked nationally as well. The graduate program in health administration has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME, formerly ACEHSA) since 1972, and the business and health administration degree programs are also accredited by AACSB. Georgia State University offers the ONLY graduate health administration program in Georgia accredited by both CAHME and AACSB, as well as full graduate membership in AUPHA. For More Information

#22 Army Baylor

Students: 97
Through an affiliation between the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences, San Antonio, Texas, and the Baylor University Graduate School, Waco, Texas, students enrolled in the graduate program in healthcare administration acquire a broad knowledge of those theories, concepts, and practices that bear significantly upon the administration and organization of healthcare delivery, and a thorough knowledge of the managerial tenets and techniques fundamental to the effective administration of healthcare delivery with particular emphasis on the federal sector. Baylor University’s Graduate School assumes academic responsibility for students’ formal admission, records transcripts, and diploma. For More Information

#23 Indiana University

Students: 97
Founded in 1969, the Graduate Program in Health Administration has a long and distinguished history of preparing students to assume management and leadership positions in health care organizations. Graduates serve in executive positions in all facets of health care including health systems, hospitals, physician practice management, HMOs, long term care and consulting. The program offers an advanced course of study leading to a masters in health administration (MHA). For More Information

#24 Marymount University

Students: 96
The MSHCM degree is a graduate program designed to assist students in developing a career in healthcare management and becoming leaders in the healthcare field. As a part of the School of Business Administration, the healthcare management program provides students comprehensive instruction in essential concepts unique to the healthcare industry, integrated with training in core business principles. The program is based on experiential and didactic learning, offered through evening classes to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. For More Information

#25 Trinity University

Students: 96
The Graduate Program in Health Care Administration at Trinity University is designed to promote development and refinement of the conceptual, technical, and interpersonal skills for effective management of health care organizations and for leadership in the community at large. The program admitted its first class in 1965 and has more than 1,600 alumni serving in a variety of administrative and staff positions in health delivery organizations throughout the United States. The department is a component of Trinity University’s Division of Behavioral and Administrative Studies. For More Information

Source: AUPHA

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