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Affordable Health Administration Degrees

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1

University of California-Irvine

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  • Irvine, California

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
  • ROTC Program

30,836 Students

2

University of Minnesota-Duluth

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  • Duluth, Minnesota

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 97.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

10,878 Students

3

Texas A & M University-College Station

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  • College Station, Texas

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 97.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

63,813 Students

4

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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 96.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,084 Students

5

University of Illinois at Chicago

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  • Chicago, Illinois

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 96.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,048 Students

6

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

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  • New York, New York

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 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,433 Students

7

University of California-San Diego

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  • La Jolla, California

The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Leadership of Health Care Organizations at UCSD uses multiple measures to support seasoned professionals as they go back to school. Incoming students are eligible for one of the program’s merit-based scholarships, which are designed to cover 25 percent of tuition. Meanwhile, those embarking upon their capstone can receive one of two Independent Study Project Scholarships, which reimburse up to $1,000 in expenses. The program has one-year, two-year and three-year curriculums to allow enrollees to either schedule around work duties or quickly finish their degree. The MAS does not receive state funding, meaning that Californians and nonresidents are quoted the same sticker price.

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

32,906 Students

8

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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  • Minneapolis, Minnesota

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 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

50,678 Students

9

University of Minnesota-Crookston

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  • Crookston, Minnesota

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 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,823 Students

10

University of California-Berkeley

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  • Berkeley, California

The University of California Berkeley has a dual degree program in health management in which students earn both an MBA and a Master of Public Health. The Graduate Program in Health Management integrates the degrees to create a coherent program of study. This 80-credit program requires at least 45 units from the MBA program and 32 from the MPH. Candidates must complete at least one summer internship working with an organization such as a public health agency, health provider, medical device or pharmaceutical firm, or consulting firm. Students who intern with a community-based organization may be eligible for a $5,000 intern scholarship. This program can be completed in about two and a half years.

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAG Score 96.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

38,189 Students

11

Appalachian State University

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  • Boone, North Carolina

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 96.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

17,932 Students

12

Mitchell Technical Institute

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  • Mitchell, South Dakota

Mitchell Technical Institute has an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Professional that prepares students to work in medical offices in positions such as medical records technician or health information management technician, jobs that are predicted to be among the fastest growing in the country for at least the next two decades. The curriculum requires students to complete 73.5 credits, and full-time students can complete the degree in as few as four semesters. Students work a clinical internship before receiving their degree. This degree program is also offered as an online option.

CAG Score 96.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,261 Students

13

Saint Cloud State University

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  • Saint Cloud, Minnesota

The Department of Political Science at St. Cloud State University offers an undergraduate certificate in health administration that prepares students to take the license examination required for managing a long-term care facility. The 38-credit program includes coursework in organizational management, nursing facility services, managerial accounting, regulatory management, information uses, human resources and gerontology. Students are also required to take a practicum course where they apply their knowledge in a community setting. Students have the option to complete the certificate on its own or in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree program.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

16,096 Students

14

California State University-Long Beach

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  • Long Beach, California

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 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

37,446 Students

15

Western Illinois University

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  • Macomb, Illinois

Students pursuing a BS in Health Services Management at Western Illinois University compete with other Department of Health Sciences students for several modest awards, including the Zorn Scholarship, Taylor Memorial Scholarship and Lowell Award for Undergraduate Professionalism in Health Sciences. At the graduate level, the department offers a Health Services Administration certificate at the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. The school’s chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Professional Health Education Honor Society, is quite active, having been named the outstanding national chapter four times.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

11,094 Students

16

Stony Brook University

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  • Stony Brook, New York

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 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

25,272 Students

17

Ferris State University

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  • Big Rapids, Michigan

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
  • ROTC Program

14,715 Students

18

Midwestern State University

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  • Wichita Falls, Texas

The Master of Health Administration at Midwestern State University has four concentrations: health information management, medical practice management, public and community sector health care management, or rural and urban hospital management. The program is designed for students who want to continue working while attending school. Part-time students can complete the degree in two to three years, and full-time students can finish in five semesters. Classes for this program are delivered online, but students are encouraged to attend optional face-to-face workshops and seminars held on campus. MWSU also has an 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Health Services Administration.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

6,043 Students

19

University of Florida

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  • Gainesville, 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 95.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

50,645 Students

20

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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  • Stevens Point, Wisconsin

The BS in Health Science at UWSP comes in five concentrations, including Health Care Administration. A quintet of scholarships is available via the UWSP Foundation, saving beneficiaries money. Plus, incoming students with prior experience can receive credit by exam for any course, thereby lowering their time commitment. Recent department-level articulation agreements with Mid-State Technical College and Northcentral Technical College make it easier for Wisconsinites to first earn a low-cost associate degree and then transfer to UWSP.

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

9,265 Students

21

Towson University

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  • Towson, Maryland

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 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

22,284 Students

22

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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  • Omaha, Nebraska

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 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,526 Students

23

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

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  • Alfred, New York

SUNY Alfred State has a Bachelor of Technology in Health Care Management that is intended for students who have already earned an associate degree in a health-related field or who have already completed at least 60 credits in a health-related subject. Applicants should have a GPA of 2.0 or higher on prior college work. All the courses for this degree-completion program are delivered online with two seven-week sessions per semester. Students take core courses to gain management skills and take electives in fields such as health care finance, human resources, and health care law. Alfred State is included in New York’s new Excelsior Scholarship Program, open to families with incomes up to $100,000.

CAG Score 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,699 Students

24

Brigham Young University-Idaho

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  • Rexburg, 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 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

43,803 Students

25

Saint Joseph’s College-New York

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  • Brooklyn, 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 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,749 Students

26

Texas Woman’s University

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  • Denton, Texas

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 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,286 Students

27

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

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  • Utica, New York

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 95.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,779 Students

28

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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  • Charlotte, North Carolina

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 95.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,983 Students

29

Northeast Community College

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  • Norfolk, Nebraska

Northeast Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management Systems that teaches students to collect, store, process, retrieve, analyze, disseminate, and communicate information in hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, health insurance companies and government agencies. The 68-credit program includes 19 core courses in subjects like health information management, coding, statistics, medical billing, medical terminology, pharmacology and health care information systems. Core requirements also include a three-credit professional practice experience. Additionally, students have to complete general education requirements in behavioral science, oral and written communication, mathematics, science and technology, and social science.

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

5,051 Students

30

The Sage Colleges

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  • Troy, New York

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
  • ROTC Program

2,897 Students

31

University of North Texas

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  • Denton, Texas

The School of Public Health at the University of North Texas offers a Master of Health Administration Program. The goal of the program is to prepare students to effectively manage and lead and to assist in the improvement of health care and health services. Students in the program will take courses such as Health Politics and Policy, Principles of Epidemiology, MHA Professional & Academic Development, Seminar in Health Care Management, Health Services Management, and Health Economics. The program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, among others.

CAG Score 95.3

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37,299 Students

32

California State University-Northridge

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  • Northridge, California

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 95.2

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41,548 Students

33

University of South Dakota

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  • Vermillion, 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 95.1

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9,971 Students

34

The University of Texas at Dallas

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  • Richardson, Texas

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 95.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

24,554 Students

35

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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 95.0

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  • ROTC Program

10,592 Students

36

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

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  • Indianapolis, Indiana

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 94.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,105 Students

37

Rutgers University

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  • New Brunswick, New Jersey

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 94.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

49,428 Students

38

Western Carolina University

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  • Cullowhee, North Carolina

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 94.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

10,340 Students

39

The University of Texas at Arlington

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  • Arlington, Texas

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 94.9

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  • ROTC Program

41,988 Students

40

West Texas A & M University

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  • Canyon, Texas

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 94.7

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9,489 Students

41

University of Central Florida

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  • Orlando, 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 94.5

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  • ROTC Program

62,953 Students

42

University of South Florida-Main Campus

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  • Tampa, Florida

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 94.3

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42,067 Students

43

University of North Florida

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  • Jacksonville, 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 93.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,675 Students

44

University of Colorado Denver

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  • Denver, Colorado

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 93.0

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  • ROTC Program

23,671 Students

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:

  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • DrPH (Doctor of Public Health)

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:

  • American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) : Certifications for health care revenue cycle professionals.
  • American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) : Certifications for long-term health care administrators.
  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) : Certifications for health care executives who lead hospitals, systems and other health care organizations.
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) : Certifications for professionals practicing health informatics and information management.
  • Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM) : Certifications for managers and administrators of health care practices (e.g. medical office managers).

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.

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Masters in Public Health, abbreviated as the MPH Degree, is a professional graduate degree awarded in top areas pertaining to public health practice and emerging issues, as opposed to research or academics.

Master of Public Health Programs are available in Medical Schools, Public Health Graduate Schools and Schools of Public Affairs. If you are interested in environmental health, biostatistics, health services administration, child and adolescent health, public policy, community health or epidemiology, Masters of Public Health Programs may be a best fit for you.

Masters in Public Health Programs: Basics

Masters in Public Health Programs prepare students to potentially work in communities (local and global) promoting public health through analysis, education, and intervention. A Master of Public Health student may learn to advocate for healthcare equity and accessibility as well as for child welfare. Programs may also teach students about the origins or transmission patterns of disease, and how to potentially create wellness programs.

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Admission to an MPH Program is a Bachelor’s degree and most schools have a minimum grade point average requirement; some graduate schools may require an applicant to have a specific amount of experience in the field as well. In terms of length, master’s public health programs usually take about 2 years of full-time study to complete which might consist of 42-80 credits. In addition to coursework, a capstone project or thesis is often required; this gives advanced students the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and engage in a professional academic experience. Many master’s degree programs in public health require students to complete an internship or practicum that typically ranges from a semester to a year.

Master’s Degrees in Public Health: MPH vs. MSPH

In some countries, the MPH program is only available to physician graduates (e.g. MBBS, MD, DO) and those without a medical degree may enter a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) or Master of Medical Science in Public Health (MMSPH) programs [ii] . In the United States, a student with an undergraduate degree can pursue either the MPH or MSPH which are the two major postgraduate degrees. [iii]

Master of Public Health Degree

The MPH Degree is considered a multidisciplinary and professional degree. The traditional Master of Public Health degree is intended to expose learners to 5 core disciplines of public health [iv] :

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Policy and Health Administration
  • Social and behavioral sciences

Master of Science in Public Health Degree

The MSPH Degree is similar to an MPH but is considered an academic degree as opposed to a professional degree. The emphasis is on scientific methods and research.

Required MSPH coursework may be similar to that required of the MPH degree, although it is likely to include research methods and require successful completion of a research thesis/project of publishable quality. The extra coursework may require another year of study in relation to what is required for the MPH degree.

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Public Health as an academic field of study is usually integrated and interdisciplinary, incorporating aspects of epidemiology, biostatistics and health services. Some of the subfields of public health include: [v]

  • Environmental health
  • Community health
  • Behavioral health
  • Health economics
  • Public policy, health care systems
  • Insurance medicine
  • Mental health
  • Occupational safety
  • Vaccination development
  • Infectious disease control

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Bioethics

Bioethics is concerned with ethical issues that are often considered controversial, arising from the advances in biology and medicine; the scope extends to biotechnology as well. [vi]

Epidemiology

Epidemiological study includes the analysis of patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions, outbreak investigation, statistics, and incorporates research and methodology [vii] .

Health Education

Health education encompasses different ways of teaching different individuals or groups about environmental health, physical health, social health, emotional health, intellectual health, and spiritual health. [viii]

International Health

Also referred to as geographic medicine and global health, international health is a field within health care that deals with health across boundaries such as travel medicine and the use of immunizations. [ix]

Occupational Health and Safety

According to the World Health Organization, occupational health is concerned with all aspects of health and safety in the workplace, with a special emphasis placed on prevention of hazards [x] .

Choosing a Learning Format: Campus or Online MPH

A variety of factors can go into choosing between a traditional campus or online master public health program. Today’s graduate school often has both formats available which means if you live too far to commute, distance learning may be a viable alternative. In some instances, online study is more flexible, especially for working professionals as all you need is a computer and reliable Internet. On the other hand, being on campus offers a social learning atmosphere, and the chance to refine your communication and team building skills. In fact, some online programs have campus requirements for this purpose.

Once you have landed on the type of master’s degree in public health you are interested in based on the previous subject selection, it is easy to find either online or campus sponsored listings. Or you can search by location to find graduate schools for public health by city, state or country. Once on a listing, click through to request info.

Some of the choices you may find could include: MS in Health Education , Master of Public Health –Public Health Services Administration, MS in Public Health and Master if Public Health . These are only a few!

Accreditation

In the United States, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is the independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and programs of public health through a formal review process. [xi] The CEPH has two corporate partners—the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)—both of which support their efforts to further public health education.

Take the Next Step

There are myriad potential careers that might be accessible to graduates with MPH or MSPH degrees; some more medical, others more managerial. The trend, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is that employers in some fields, such as in medical and health services, prefer candidates with a master’s degree. [xii] Why not look into a Public Health Master’s Program that appeals to your interests and aligns with your ambitions!


sources:  [i] bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/epidemiologists.htm | [ii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_degrees_of_public_health | [iii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_degrees_of_public_health | [iv] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_degrees_of_public_health | [v] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_health | [vi] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioethics | [vii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemiology | [viii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_education | [ix] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_health [x] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupational_safety_and_health | [xi] n.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_on_Education_for_Public_Health | [xii] bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm

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                                  Online MPH programs help advanced students in the public health field earn an advanced degree in a flexible learning environment. Many offer a wide range of resources, specialization opportunities and even job placement to facilitate the transition from college to career. The following 50 schools have online MPH programs truly stand out, from affordable tuition and fees to faculty and support services that truly make a difference. See which colleges earned a place on our list of the Best Online MPH Programs for 2016.

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                                  1

                                  George Washington University

                                  Score:

                                  98.31

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                                  Milken Institute School of Public Health

                                  The online Master of Public Health (MPH) program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University helps students succeed in advancing the health of populations locally and globally.

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                                  Delivered through a dynamic blend of online interactions and real-world experience, [email protected] prepares public health professionals to make a difference in communities around the world. Students benefit from:

                                  • Live classes, hosted online by renowned GW faculty
                                  • Self-paced, highly produced course content available 24/7
                                  • Social interactions with peers and faculty
                                  • Hands-on, customized field experience based on career interests
                                  • Access to resources from the Washington, D.C. area and GW Alumni network

                                  2

                                  Emory University

                                  Score:

                                  97.89

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  Rollins School of Public Health

                                  Emory University’s Executive Master of Public Health (MPH) degree offers distance learning in three concentrations. MPH degree students may choose from applied epidemiology, applied public health informatics, or prevention science. All concentrations require 42 credits. Core courses that all students must complete include:

                                  • Introduction to Public Health Surveillance
                                  • Perspectives in Environmental Health
                                  • Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System
                                  • Public Health Ethics

                                  Full-time students earning their MPH are able to complete the program in seven semesters or a little over two years. Prior to the start of their first semester, all students take a 10-14 day course called Strategies and Resources for Online Learning. This zero-credit-hour course is designed to help students learn how online MPH classes work via simulated activities.

                                  At the end of their coursework, students must complete a practicum that aligns with their academic goals and career interests. Students are also required to prepare a professional portfolio, make a poster, and give an on-campus presentation.

                                  Although most of the coursework is completed online through Blackboard, there are two on-campus sessions required each semester, from a Friday and a Sunday. Therefore over the course of seven semesters, students are expected to visit the campus 14 times.

                                  3

                                  University of North Texas Health Science Center

                                  Score:

                                  97.33

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  School of Public Health

                                  University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Master of Public Health Professional degree can be earned totally online. Students are admitted to the program in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

                                  Students wishing to earn an online MPH from UNT need to meet the requirements of both the MPH program and the MPH Professional Option program. To apply to the MPH program students must submit academic transcripts, scores from graduate exams like the GRE, GMAT or MCAT, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and a resume. MPH Professional Option students must additionally have either an advanced degree such as Ph.D or J.D., be currently enrolled in a master’s or Ph.D. program or have at least three years’ experience working in healthcare. An interview may also be required, either in-person or online.

                                  The online MPH degree focuses on health policy and management, professionalism and leadership skills. Over the course of the program, students earn 42 credits in classes such as:

                                  • Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health
                                  • Principles of Epidemiology
                                  • Ethical Issues in Public Health
                                  • Professional and Academic Development

                                  Students also take a practical experience class and a capstone course where they can put their newly-learned skills to use on a real public health issue.

                                  4

                                  Northern Illinois University

                                  Score:

                                  97.12

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                                  MPH Program – Public Health and Health Education Programs

                                  Northern Illinois University’s Master of Public Health degree program is accredited by the CEPH and available completely online as a distance learning degree. The MPH is offered as two specializations: health promotion or health services management.

                                  The first concentration is health promotion. Students will learn about the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs available to people seeking to live a healthier lifestyle. Both social and behavioral sciences are incorporated, and disciplines such as anthropology, psychology, education, and sociology are examined and leveraged in the coursework. This specialization prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.) test, which is administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

                                  The second specialization option is health services management. This is also a multidisciplinary pursuit, but it focuses on health-services structures, including the training and managing of health care workers.

                                  Candidates can apply online for faster consideration. They will be asked to submit the email addresses of their references, who will then need to upload their letters of recommendation. Apart from the statement of purpose, no additional writing samples are required. Students with an average GPA of 3.0 or above can also separately apply for a graduate assistantship position upon completing the GRE.

                                  5

                                  New Mexico State University-Main Campus

                                  Score:

                                  96.45

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  MPH Program in Community Health Education

                                  New Mexico State University-Main Campus offers their accredited Master of Public Health degree completely online. The program is accredited by the Council for Public Health and is aimed at students who are currently working in the field of public health and are not able to attend the physical campus to earn a traditional MPH.

                                  The online MPH degree prepares students for work in a variety of health-related fields, and students will have the opportunity to participate in real world service activities that benefit the university and the state of New Mexico.

                                  The school also offers a graduate-level public health certificate, which consists of five courses with a total of 15 credit hours.

                                  The online MPH program is meant primarily for residents of New Mexico, but is open to all residents of the Southwest. Most MPH courses are restricted to MPH students only. Not all graduate courses will transfer, and any courses taken prior to acceptance into the MPH program have to be petitioned into the program after the applicant is accepted.

                                  Students are only accepted for the fall semester, whether they pursue their degree online or at the physical campus. Online applications are due March 15.

                                  6

                                  University of Iowa

                                  Score:

                                  96.07

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  College of Public Health

                                  The University of Iowa’s College of Public Health does not just offer one Master of Public Health degree — it has several MPH degrees in different specialties: community and behavioral health, epidemiology, policy, health communication, occupational and environmental health, and quantitative methods. The school also offers joint MPH degrees in professions like law, medicine and dentistry.

                                  Students can take most core MPH courses through distance education, but for many programs, at least half of the course work is done in Iowa City. While all specializations require some on-campus attendance, some — like the MPH for practicing veterinarians — minimize travel through accelerated two-week, on-campus institutes. Online core courses are generally asynchronous in format, meaning students can access materials and submit work at their own pace.

                                  The University of Iowa’s MPH program is designed for both practicing professionals and recent college graduates. Core classes in the five primary disciplines of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences–are supplemented with a range of content-specific electives. All students are also required to complete a practicum, meaning they must accrue a minimum number of clinical hours in the field before they can graduate. UI’s MPH programs vary in specialty, graduation requirements and online accessibility.

                                  7

                                  National University

                                  Score:

                                  95.72

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  MPH Program – School of Health and Human Services

                                  National University’s online Master of Public Health degree teaches both qualitative and quantitative skills needed to work in the field of public health. Students may move on to fields such as health care administration, the promotion of social justice, disease prevention or the promotion of public health. They may work in the non-profit, private or public sectors.

                                  The online MPH program encompasses 16 courses or 72 quarter units. A total of 13.5 quarter units may be applied as transfer credits for equivalent graduate work completed at another college or university.

                                  Core classes include U.S. healthcare system, biostatistics, epidemiology, theories of health behavior, public health and the environment, public health and research methods, public health internship and public health capstone.

                                  In addition to core courses, there are three available specializations: health promotion, healthcare administration, and mental health.

                                  Students will learn how to analyze the planning and implementation of health policy, as well as analyze the distribution of diseases and disabilities. All coursework is multidisciplinary, and the faculty who teach the online courses are experts in their areas of study.

                                  The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health.

                                  8

                                  San José State University

                                  Score:

                                  95.65

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  MPH Program in Community Health – College of Applied Sciences and Arts

                                  San Jose State University’s online Master of Public Health degree is a rigorous, practice-oriented program designed with flexibility in mind. According to the program’s official website, it also happens to be the only online MPH program in California–and one of only two in the country–accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. All courses are delivered online, though students must meet once a year in San Jose for a four to five day intensive, depending on the cohort. Courses are accelerated, lasting between five to seven weeks. The format means students can complete the program in as little as 24 months, but students can still manage their course loads and complete courses at their own pace.

                                  SJSU’s online MPH students will complete a balance of core health education and public health courses and a practicum in the field (through a local health agency). Distance learners are required to log in to one live session for each class each week, but all remaining work and materials are available online to download and view as their schedules allow. Classes are managed via the Blackboard Collaborative learning platform and lectures are delivered using state-of-the-art synchronous web conferencing with two-way audio and multi-point video. Interactive whiteboards, application and desktop sharing, session recording, and virtual breakout rooms further enhance learning. All online students are required to pass a comprehensive exam at the end of the program. Prospective students can contact SJSU to learn more about online MPH program and technical requirements.

                                  9

                                  University of Southern California

                                  Score:

                                  95.32

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  Keck School of Medicine at USC

                                  The Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California offers an online Master of Public Health degree program designed to educate emerging and current professionals in the field. USC’s online MPH students have access to the same types of practicum opportunities as those reporting to classrooms. Online courses strike a balance between core and specialty public health topics, allowing students to customize their education to meet their goals and levels of experience. Potential areas of emphasis include Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Health Education and Promotion, Global Health Leadership or GeoHealth.

                                  Students enrolled in the online MPH program access course assignments and materials through what the university calls a state-of-the-art learning platform. Content is available around the clock and is largely self-paced, though some courses require students to log in to live online sessions or virtual office hours. Students may also coordinate with classmates for occasional group work or study help; interactive tools like online message boards, email and social media encourage personal connections. While offering a flexible schedule, the program was designed to be completed in two years of full-time study or four to five years of part-time study. Online students must meet the same hands-on clinical or practicum requirements as campus-based students, but can do so through local health agencies of their own choosing.

                                  10

                                  University of West Florida

                                  Score:

                                  95.21

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  MPH Program – Division of Life and Health Sciences

                                  The University of West Florida offers a plethora of online degrees, including the Master of Public Health program. The school says its MPH program is intentionally allied with several different academic centers and certificate programs to expand educational opportunities for students in the program. USF’s School of Allied Health and Life Sciences offers online learners additional, industry-specific support and networking through the MPH internship coordination program and partnerships with organizations like the Student Association for Public Health.

                                  UWF’s MPH program is a fully online program requiring no classroom work, though all students must take and pass a comprehensive proctored exam at an approved testing facility. A key component of the online MPH program is the public health internship, which culminates in a written report regarding the intern’s research findings.

                                  Students take many of the same core, specialty and elective courses as they would on campus, but in a distance learning format. Classes are often self-paced, but students are required to complete a certain number of semester units per year. Online students have opportunities to connect and work with instructors and classmates using interactive web-based tools, and have access to many of the same academic support services as traditional students.

                                  11

                                  University of Alaska-Anchorage

                                  Score:

                                  95.06

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  MPH Program – Department of Health Sciences

                                  The University of Alaska at Anchorage designed its Master of Public Health in Health Practice degree to prepare future leaders to identify, assess, prevent and mitigate community health challenges. This MPH program offers a blended format: all required courses are available through online learning, although students attend one mandatory meeting each year–typically in conjunction with the Alaska Public Health Summit. Candidates for graduation also present an in-person oral defense of their thesis or final project at the end of the program.

                                  Students enrolled in UAA’s MPH in Health Practice program take courses in the areas of health education and behavioral sciences, occupational health, health management, epidemiology, biostatistics and more. They discuss how to research public health issues effectively, evaluate public health programs, and respond to public health emergencies and disasters. Studies explore subjects such as scientific investigation, community engagement and circumpolar health issues.

                                  UAA’s hybrid master’s program consists of 42 credit hours, and students should complete at least 6 credits each year, preferably 6 credits each semester. Applicants need a GPA of 3.0 as well as a college course in statistics with a grade of C or higher. Other admissions criteria include samples of professional-level writing and a resume.

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                                  Idaho State University

                                  Score:

                                  94.77

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  MPH Program – Kasiska College of Health Professions

                                  Idaho State University launched a fully online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 2014. This degree program is targeted to working professionals in the public health field. The program goals include instruction, research, community service, and continuing education.

                                  Applicants interested in enrolling need a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Most students need to submit GRE exam scores, except those who already hold a professional doctoral degree such as PharmD or Juris Doctorate. Students must submit two letters of recommendation, along with an essay discussing how an MPH would help the student’s career goals. In addition, two years of experience working in the healthcare field is preferred. Students who have obtained a health-related bachelor’s degree may use that degree to take the place of work experience.

                                  Students at Idaho State take a total of 48 credits of core courses and electives. Core courses include: Leadership and Administration, Environmental & Occupational Health, Health Program Planning and Social & Cultural Perspectives in Public Health. Students must also complete a thesis and an oral exam are also required. They must choose the topic of their master’s thesis, in conjunction with their advisor, by the beginning of their third semester. The oral exam, based on the student’s thesis work, occurs after a student takes all core courses.

                                  13

                                  University of Illinois at Chicago

                                  Score:

                                  94.68

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  School of Public Health

                                  UIC offers online degree programs that allow students 24 hour access to course materials and assignments and an interactive community for online learners. The University of Illinois School of Public Health offers a choice of online Master of Public Health degrees:

                                  • Community Health Sciences: 42-51 required credit hours, depending on prior experience. Curriculum includes 6 core courses, 5 required credit hours, elective courses and field experience with a capstone project.
                                  • Health Policy and Administration: 42 required credit hours, with 23 credit hours of core courses and 19 credit hours of elective courses. Designed for currently employed health professionals or those with graduate degrees in a relevant field.
                                  • Public Health Informatics: 51 required credit hours, with courses covering the design and use of information systems in the field of health. This program examines health data definitions and standards, management of health information system projects, structure of databases and networks, and operational technologies.

                                  All courses in the MPH online degree program are delivered asynchronously, and there are no more than 20 students per class. Through instructional tools such as multimedia and threaded discussions, as well as tech support services, students can earn their master’s degree off campus. Certain MPH programs require participation in experiential learning through field work in the community.

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                                  University of Alabama at Birmingham

                                  Score:

                                  94.46

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  School of Public Health

                                  The University of Alabama at Birmingham has a School of Public Health that offers online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree programs, blending web-based instruction, interaction with faculty and peers, and practical experience. Specialized master’s degree programs in public health include:

                                  • Environmental Health & Toxicology (ENHQ)
                                  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHSQ)
                                  • Health Care Organization (HCOP)
                                  • Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership (MCPL)
                                  • Maternal Child Health Policy and Leadership/Master of Social Work (Coordinated MPH/MSW)

                                  The curriculum differs for each program, but core courses address topics such as biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, social health behavior, and health care organizations and policy. Participants complete 19-20 credit hours in the MPH core curriculum, including integrative experiences, and an internship (minimum 3 credits). Credit requirements vary — for example, the ENHQ concentration consists of 42 credit hours.

                                  MPH degree students are required to demonstrate competency in the biological basis of public health, which can be met in a number of ways: a previously earned professional degree in a field such as medicine or nursing, extensive education in biological/biomedical courses with a minimum grade of B, or a score of 70 or above on the Biological Basis of Public Health Exam administered by the university during orientation week. New students can prepare for this exam with a study guide provided as part of the Blackboard online orientation course.

                                  15

                                  University of California, Berkeley

                                  Score:

                                  94.25

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  School of Public Health

                                  The University of California, Berkeley’s innovative on-campus/online professional Master of Public Health degree program allows students to earn their MPH degrees almost entirely through distance learning. The program requires two accelerated on-campus sessions, each lasting one week, while all remaining coursework can be done online. The degree is designed to be completed in seven semesters (even for students working full-time) and includes a balance of core public health courses and broader interdisciplinary courses. Students can gain a deeper understanding of several areas of public health, like biostatistics, epidemiology, health service management and environmental health.

                                  UC Berkeley’s web-based MPH program requires a minimum of 42 units earned with a grade of B or higher. Many courses are asynchronous, meaning students can access lectures, submit homework and complete quizzes any time, day or night, through the school’s Angel Learning Management System. Students can connect and collaborate with instructors and peers through a diversity of social tools like VoiceThreads, Blackboard Collaborate and Piazza. Prospective students can contact UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health to learn more about the on-campus/online professional MPH degree program, including admissions criteria and technical requirements for participation in digitally delivered courses.

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                                  University of South Florida

                                  Score:

                                  94.17

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  College of Public Health

                                  The University of South Florida’s College of Public Health offers several specialized Master of Public Health degrees in a hybrid format. Online MPH degrees are available in the areas of public health practice; public health administration; global disaster management and humanitarian relief; epidemiology; infection control; and health, safety and environment. These programs generally blend fully online courses with brief on-campus residencies. For example, the MPH in public health practice integrates online classes, a fieldwork practicum, and a 5-day on-campus visit to participate in the final seminar and take the comprehensive exam. The degree focused on public health administration features an on-campus capstone course in Tampa. In comparison, an Executive MPH program has weekly on-site classes in addition to elective courses taken online.

                                  USF’s online MPH courses allow students to connect and collaborate with instructors — and each other — via interactive tools like web conferencing, wikis and discussion forums, while supplementing their studies with blogs, podcasts and other streaming media. Online MPH students also have access to many of the same services and benefits as those enrolled in traditional, campus-based programs, including academic guidance. Current and prospective students can get a sense for how online learning works by viewing COPH’s online tutorials for using the Canvas course management system, the Collaborate web-conferencing program and online library tools.

                                  17

                                  The University of Montana

                                  Score:

                                  94.1

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  School of Public and Community Health Sciences

                                  The School of Public and Community Health Sciences at the University of Montana offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program with a core curriculum available through distance learning. Courses for this program can be taken completely online. Classes use the Moodle courseware learning management system, along with Vidyo video conferencing. In addition to online classes, participants also need to complete a practicum to gain experience in the field of public health.

                                  The University of Montana’s online master’s in public health program requires completion of 42 credit hours, 36 core credits, a practicum, professional paper, portfolio, and 6 elective credits. In general, full-time students can complete the program within 2 years (21 credits/year) and part-time students can complete it within 3.5 years (averaging 6 credits/semester). MPH students may be able to transfer a maximum of 6 credits to be used towards elective courses. For individuals interested in the field but not yet ready to enroll in a master’s degree program, a certificate in public health is available.

                                  The MPH program is offered during spring, summer and fall terms. The application deadline for fall admissions is April 30th, and the deadline for spring admission is September 30th. Applicants are required to submit an online application, which includes a personal statement, CV/resume, proposed plan of study, three letters of recommendations, as official transcripts and exam scores.

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                                  Loma Linda University

                                  Score:

                                  94.08

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  School of Public Health

                                  Loma Linda University offers two Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees online-MPH in Health Education and MPH in Population Medicine. To apply, students need to submit an application, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and academic transcripts. Additionally, international students need to prove English competency with the TOEFL exam. MPH students all start in the fall semester.

                                  For students interested in earning an MPH in Health Education, the degree program will take one and a half to three years to complete. The curriculum focuses on promoting positive health behaviors by looking at scientific data and learning theories. Students who earn this MPH degree are able to take the Credentialing Examination in Health Education, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Prerequisites for enrollment include college-level writing skills, anatomy or physiology, and two behavioral sciences courses.

                                  The MPH in Population Medicine is designed for professionals already employed in public health and have experience in direct patient care. Students pursuing a master’s degree right after an undergraduate degree may not benefit from pursuing this degree, considering it won’t help with big career changes. Professionals who may find this degree useful include social workers, nurses, psychologists and dentists.

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                                  Nova Southeastern University

                                  Score:

                                  94.07

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  MPH Program – College of Osteopathic Medicine

                                  Nova Southeastern University online Master of Public Health program was designed to prepare current-and future-public health professionals for the rigors of the field, but from the comfort of home. Students are required to attend just two on-campus weekend seminars: one at the beginning of the program and the other at the end. All other courses can be completed online using what NSU calls state-of-the-art distance learning technology. While most students can benefit from the convenience and flexibility of NSU’s online MPH option, the program can be particularly helpful those who have career and family obligations to tend to.

                                  NSU says its online MPH degree program was designed to meet a growing need for public health officials in a diverse range of settings, including health care facilities, public health departments, and social service agencies. Students will learn how to define, assess, and resolve public health problems on both a local and global scale. They will also learn how to promote health, prevent disease, and develop and evaluate programs, all while mastering the ins and outs of clinical practice, research, and community service. The program was designed to be completed in two years of full-time study, but students can set their own pace.

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                                  University of Akron Main Campus

                                  Score:

                                  94.05

                                  Public Health School/Program Name:

                                  Consortium of Eastern Ohio

                                  The University of Akron, a comprehensive research and teaching university, offers a non-traditional Master of Public Health (MPH) program with online classes to fit the needs of working professionals who do not have the time or freedom to regularly visit campus. This distance learning degree is available through the Consortium of Eastern Ohio, a partnership between the University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Ohio University and Youngstown State University.

                                  Core courses for this program are offered Saturdays via interactive videoconferencing. Students take electives at the University of Akron, or they can submit a cross-registration form in order to attend any of the other partner institutions. Options for electives include an experiential practicum. Program participants complete a capstone project working with advisors from both the faculty and the community. Candidates for graduation present their final capstone research and a portfolio demonstrating their achievements to a faculty panel. The MPH degree program follows a generalist track rather than specializing and requires 42 semester credit hours.

                                  All applications and materials for this program must be sent by January 15th. Candidates provide official transcripts and academic records, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores (and TOEFL scores for international students), a statement of goals and a $45 non-refundable application fee.

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                                  Master of Public Health Online – George Washington University

                                  With [email protected], the online Master of Public Health (MPH) program from GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, you can earn your MPH in as few as 12 months — without having to relocate. Are you ready to make a meaningful difference in public health in local, national and global communities? Apply to GW’s online MPH program today. GRE waiver available.

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                                  UNC’s Gillings School, the No. 1-ranked public school of public health, offers an online Master of Public Health program, [email protected] Earn your MPH in as few as 24 months. Part- and full-time options available. GRE, GMAT or MCAT required.

                                  Online Master of Public Health – Simmons College

                                  [email protected], the online Master of Public Health program from Simmons University, prepares students to become public health practitioners and address health inequity at a local, national, and global level. The program can be completed in 21 months. No GRE required to apply.

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                                  Capella University offers online BS, MHA, MPH, DHA and DrPH programs with specializations in health leadership, informatics, operations, information management and more. Scholarships are available. Request more information .

                                  Online Master of Science in Public Health – Southern New Hampshire University

                                  SNHU offers an online MS in Public Health designed to provide a solid grounding in the scientific basis of pubic heath. Choose the optional Global Health concentration and become a force for change in the world.

                                  Master of Public Health – Family and Community Health Concentration – Purdue University

                                  Purdue University’s online MPH is designed for both public health professionals looking to advance their knowledge of the social, biological and cultural factors that influence Family and Community Health, and students entering the field for the first time. Request information to learn more .

                                  Online MPH Programs

                                   Degree Options

                                  ONLINE MPH PROGRAMS: GETTING STARTED

                                  Earning an online master of public health is an ideal format for students who are unable to leave their full-time jobs. Students can “attend” online classes at their convenience, from home or overseas. Assignments are generally research-based and submitted via email, Blackboard, or a similar method online. Classes are flexible and abundant, with students often having the same wide range of course offerings as they would at a traditional campus-based school.

                                  Many programs offer the majority of coursework online. However, students may connect with their peers and professors in short, intensive courses offered in one- to three-week segments for classes that are not suitable for an online format. In an accredited program, online students are held to the same rigorous standards as their brick-and-mortar counterparts.

                                  High-level degree programs often begin with an on-campus orientation and other on-campus requirements spread out over the course of the entire program. By necessity, many master of public health programs are hybrid, with about 20 percent of the program completed on campus. Ideal candidates for an online MPH include those who are motivated and are self-starters.

                                  WHICH ONLINE MPH PROGRAM SHOULD YOU PURSUE?

                                  A master of public health, or MPH, is just one area of focus for those interested in affecting public health and policy. Depending on what your career aspirations are, you might want to pursue a dual degree or specialty.

                                  An online MPH, offers a wide range of options for students interested in advanced study in the health field, and some colleges and universities allow students to blend their MPH with a complementary field, such as a master’s in business administration (MBA) or a master’s of science in nursing (MSN), to earn a dual degree. This dual education is a great way for students to focus their public health coursework to an area of personal interest and also allows students to earn both degrees in a shorter timeframe than they would if they pursued each degree independently. Some colleges offer these dual degree options online for even more convenience.

                                  Which type of online MPH program meshes with your academic and professional interests?

                                  ONLINE MPH – GENERAL

                                  Many colleges, including elite universities, offer an online master of public health. Depending on the school, this program may be offered 100 percent online or in a hybrid format with some in-person requirements, and in a full- or part-time basis.

                                  A general master of public health prepares students to become leaders in public health administration and address health issues—locally and globally—using advanced methodologies and the latest research. Many students pursuing an online MPH are already industry professionals with several years of work experience and are looking to transition into leadership roles or a particular specialty field within public health, such as epidemiology for example. An online MPH generally takes two to three years to complete, but some universities offer a fast-track option. A capstone or research project often completes the program, allowing students to focus on their own professional goals and personal interests. Some online programs also require a certain amount of fieldwork hours.

                                  ONLINE MPH/MBA

                                  An online MPH combined with an MBA allows students to integrate the philosophies, functions, and competencies of public health and business. For example, students look at cost-saving measures within public health and learn about population-based health, finance management, and strategic planning. Many programs are full time and can be completed in about two years. Most coursework can be completed online, but some programs require the completion of an internship.

                                  ONLINE MPH/MD

                                  Medical students in their final years of coursework may also pursue a dual-degree in public health. These students take a leave of absence from their medical training to complete the MPH, which is offered in an online format at some colleges. Many universities will accept two years of medical training for the two years of experience required for entrance into the MPH program.

                                  CUSTOMIZED CURRICULUM: ONLINE MPH CONCENTRATIONS

                                  In addition to dual degree options, many online MPH programs allow students to customize curriculum by choosing a concentration or area of specialty. Much like a dual degree, this option allows online learners to focus their MPH education on a particular area of interest. Concentrations will vary by institution, but some examples include:

                                  • Environmental Health
                                  • Leadership and Public Health Practic
                                  • Health Care and Prevention
                                  • Occupational Health Nursing
                                  • Epidemiology
                                  • Food, Nutrition, and Health
                                  • Global Environmental Sustainability  Health
                                  • Women’s and Reproductive Health

                                  Personalize your studies with focus areas that match your interests and career goals with [email protected], the online Master of Public Health from the George Washington University. Choose from Health Communication, Health Policy, Program Planning and Evaluation, and Global Health.

                                  ONLINE MPH ACCREDITATION

                                  ONLINE MPH ACCREDITATION

                                  Attending an accredited school for your MPH can be just as important as earning the degree itself. Accredited programs are reviewed by experts in the field and ensure that the program is held to the highest standards possible so that graduates are prepared to work in that specialized field. Be sure to research whether your university and public health program are accredited by an accrediting body. MPH programs are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

                                  WHY ACCREDITATION MATTERS

                                  Accreditation is the process through which colleges and universities prove their worth as educational institutions. An accredited school is one that has voluntarily submitted itself to lengthy peer review processes, thus demonstrating a commitment to educational excellence. Choosing an accredited MPH program is important because it tells employers that you attended an institution which was reviewed officially by a third party and approved—it’s proof that your degree is legit.

                                  Accreditation typically comes in two forms: institutional and programmatic. Institutional accreditation—which happens both at the national level and regionally—is the vetting of a college or university’s entire catalog. Everything about the school is considered, including the quality of education offered and the effectiveness of the school’s administration and leadership. This type of accreditation is essential to the reputation of universities and the degrees they offer, but it does not speak directly to the quality the school’s individual programs.

                                  Programmatic accreditation—also called specialized or professional accreditation— is much more narrow. It focuses on specific programs, departments, or subsections of colleges and universities that already hold institutional accreditation. For example, entire institutions may be accredited by a regional accreditation agency, but specific programs such engineering or nursing or colleges such as a university’s School of Business may also be accredited by agencies specific to those fields of study.

                                  ACCREDITATION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS

                                  The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is a programmatic accreditation organization which reviews and approves public health education programs throughout the country. It is the most respected accrediting agency for public health programs in the country. The Council’s stated goal is “to enhance health in human populations through organized community effort,” which in intends to accomplish through these objectives:

                                  • The promotion of quality public health education
                                  • Assuring the public that institutions offering graduate instruction in the field of public health meet standards necessary for the conduct of such educational programs
                                  • Encourage improvements in the quality of public health education through various means, including periodic review, publications, research, and consultation

                                  CEPH has two corporate partners—the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)—both of which support the Council’s efforts and echo its desire to further public health education.

                                  ONLINE MPH FAQS

                                  I’d like to earn a dual degree. Can I take all my classes online?

                                  Dual-degree programs often cross over from one specialized school to another at an accredited university. For example, students wanting to earn a master of public health and a Juris Doctor must take coursework at the college’s school of law, in addition to public health coursework. Some colleges do offer a dual degree options for the MPH online, but not all. Additionally, some dual degrees are blended, where the MPH—or part of the degree—can be completed online, but coursework for the other degree must be completed on-campus. Check with your accredited university for specific details.

                                  Can I finish my online master’s degree in the same amount of time as a traditional degree?

                                  Online programs are often designed for the working professional, someone who can only attend school on a part-time basis. Because of this, some online programs are only offered as part-time, which means it may take longer to complete than a traditional degree. On the other hand, some online MPH programs offer a fast-track option, allowing students to shorten their time to degree completion. Check with a school or program advisor for specific details; some schools may have the schedule you’re looking for.

                                  Is an online master of public health reputable?

                                  Accredited MPH programs are highly reputable, whether they are online or traditional. Check with your university and program administrator to ensure that the school and program you’re interested in are accredited by an agency that is recognized by U.S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

                                  What types of jobs are available for graduates of an accredited online master of public health program?

                                  A wide variety of jobs are available for graduates with an online master of public health. Biostatistician, epidemiologist, environmental health specialist, public health lobbyist, and health policy manager are just a few of the jobs available in this growing field.

                                  MASTER’S IN PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH) SCHOLARSHIPS

                                  Paying for an advanced degree can be a challenge, but with the many scholarship opportunities available, it’s certainly not impossible. A scholarship offers students funds to pay for college without requiring them to pay anything back. Another advantage is that recipients often make valuable connections with the funding institution, connections that might benefit the student in a future career. Below are some examples of potential scholarship opportunities for public health students:

                                  Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship – Graduate students are awarded this scholarship based on academic and/or research performance. Students are selected by the American Water Resources Association’s Student Activities Committee.

                                  Udall Scholarship – Students with an interest in environmental policy, engineering, science, education, health or other related fields are eligible for this scholarship.

                                  Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship – Minority students in their final year of full-time health care management study are eligible for this award.

                                  Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship – Established in honor of Foster G. McGaw, the founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation, this scholarship gives financial support to students in health care management graduate programs. Students must be in their final year of a graduate program. Preference is given to student associates of ACHE.

                                  Andrea M. Rossiter, FACMPE Scholarship – This scholarship is for students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program relevant to medical practice management.

                                  Harry J. Harwick Scholarship – Sponsored by the American College of Medical Practice Executives, students in a graduate program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education are eligible for this award.

                                  Association on American Indian Affairs – The AAIA offers Florence Young Memorial Scholarships to students pursuing a master’s degree in public health.

                                  Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management – The Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition was named in honor of its namesake, ACHE president from 1965-1978. It is designed for future leaders in health care management to describe important issues and developments in their profession.

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