The outlook for healthcare managers and health service managers is expected to be strong over the next 10 years, with projected growth at 23%. Healthcare managers may plan, direct or coordinate a range of medical and health services in a variety of environments, ranging from public hospitals to medical practice groups. Individuals considering a career in this field will find this page helpful for finding online healthcare management degree programs. Beyond the resources contained here, our school database located at the bottom of the page will provide even more choices.
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Accrediting organizations ensure that the course offerings of colleges and universities are up to the standards set by experts in healthcare. In addition to the discipline specific accreditation organizations below, there are general and regional academic organizations that accredit colleges and universities.
Healthcare’s growth and the need for managers is expected to outstrip the rate of growth for the average of all other occupations through at least 2022. While it will of course remain a competitive field, recent graduates with the proper credentials should have no difficulty maintaining full employment throughout their careers. Listed below are positions which represent the greatest number of positions in the field.
|WORK ENVIRONMENT||NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT||MEAN HOURLY WAGE||MEAN ANNUAL WAGE|
|General Medical Hospitals||112,160||$50.33||$104,680|
|Nursing Care Facilities||20,050||$39.54||$82,240|
|Home Health Care Services||17,260||$42.63||$88,670|
|Outpatient Care Centers||15,970||$45.54||$94,720|
Figures from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are across the nation. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific program. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable online and campus-based schools offering degrees in this subject to help you begin your school search.
Recent years have seen a dramatic growth in online and distance learning programs, and healthcare management has gone right along with that trend. The resources here are all fully accredited programs from highly regarded schools. Each of the institutions listed below offer at least a bachelor’s degree programs in healthcare management and may offer graduate degrees as well.
University of Minnesota-Crookston
Crookston, Minnesota / Online
Ranked 38th in the U.S. News and World Report midwest regional rankings, UM-Crookston offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Management. This is a wide ranging degree that trains students in all facets of health management. As a small four-year public university with an enrollment of 1,800 students total, counting both the online and physical programs, they are able to offer personalized attention to each student.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Online
Offering a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration, Drexel is ranked 97th among national universities by U.S. News and World Report . Graduates of this fully accredited program are qualified to take their place in an expanding number of positions as health administrators and managers. This prestigious university was founded in 1891 by Philadelphia financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel.
Boston, Massachusetts / Online
Ranked 49th among national universities by U.S. News and World Report , a Bachelor of Science in Health Management from this elite school is an excellent start to a career. Graduates are competent in management, finance, policies and procedures, as well as legal and regulatory issues. Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research school that also offers several health management related graduate programs.
Health care management has long been a fast growing field, and now, thanks in part to federal healthcare reform, the need for health managers will be growing at an unprecedented rate. This means more top colleges and universities will be offering Bachelor and Masters Degrees in this field. Below are some of the top schools currently offering on campus health management degrees.
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
Forbes places the University of Maryland at number 73 in its rankings of colleges and universities. UMD’s program is designed to ready students for a career in public health and health services management. The school also offers a Master’s of Health Administration, Master’s of Public Health and Doctorate in Health Services. The College Park campus is located in proximity to both Baltimore and Washington D.C.
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri
Landing in the 23rd spot on the Princeton Review’s list of top colleges, Saint Louis University offers both a Bachelors of Science in Health Management and an accelerated BS/MHA. The bachelor’s program employs a combination liberal arts, business and health care industry studies in its coursework. The MHA program enables willing students to graduate with an MHA in one additional year.
This small private institution in the suburbs outside Washington DC is ranked 46th among regional southern universities by U.S. News and World Report. Graduate students have the option of earning a Masters in Health Care Management or a dual MSHCM/MBA or, alternatively, an MS in Information Technology.