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Health Care Public Policy and Administration

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Healthcare Public Policy is one of the most important and complex facets of Healthcare Administration education, as it is crucial to developing the skills you will need to work effectively on behalf of your community to shape the decisions, and ultimately the laws, that affect daily life. Obtaining your entry level or advanced degree from one of the available Public Policy programs in the U.S. can help prepare you to identify and address systemic issues within healthcare that affect our communities. Take some time to review the public policy schools listed on our site, then request program materials from those you are interested in learning more about.

Healthcare public policy analysts, advocates, and administrators are influential in every domain of healthcare including technology, law, research and education. According to the National Health Council, it is essential that high level healthcare leaders work together to bring about a healthcare system in which patients come first and everyone has access to the care they need. As a professional in healthcare public policy, you will be analyzing current policy and researching ways health care can be improved. Your efforts will likely include making sure that patients, along with healthcare workers and licensed professionals are well-represented, and that their voices are heard.

If you have a strong sense of social responsibility, feel strongly about making a difference in healthcare, and are willing to tackle the tough issues facing our nation’s healthcare system, public policy programs may be a perfect fit. Public policy analysis and development is an important role not just in health care, but in regards to all aspects of society, and expanding your education in this realm may create benefit in ways you cannot yet even imagine.

Entry Level Public Policy Careers

Working as a public policy analyst in the health care field means you could be researching and advocating for a variety of topics. You could be examining the healthcare options within your community, researching the latest trends in pharmaceutical use for a corporation, leading a task force to determine health care needs for public school systems, or lobbying for specific research funding on behalf of a hospital. In any of these cases, your work can have a profound impact on many lives.

Some of the Public Policy schools that award Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in healthcare policy act as an affordable springboard to entering this complex field. Some of the positions you may qualify for with these healthcare policy degrees include health benefits administrator, healthcare marketing and social media specialist, patient service associate, ombudsman, office or administrative personnel within large advocacy agencies, and patient advocate. Salaries are going to vary widely depending upon where you reside and who you work for, but if you are driven to work in this field, you may find that this is a good first step to beginning your career in healthcare policy and public advocacy.

Advanced Health Care Public Policy and Administration Careers

To be an effective public policy analyst you must have a passion for community, demonstrate business-savvy, and above all, understand the multifaceted ins and outs of the health care system. While you can start out in the field with a bachelor's in health administration or public health, a long-term career will generally require at least a master's in health administration, public health or public administration degree. Additionally, if you are looking to make the greatest influence you can within healthcare policy, a PhD in Public Policy is likely your best educational route.

Experience working in the health care field as a nurse, doctor or administrator can go a long way in securing a job as well. In addition to your education and experience, a good public health policy analyst must be well versed in current events and upcoming developments within both health care and communities. Healthcare public policy graduate programs and doctoral programs can help you blend your experience with your education to make the most impact.

As a public policy analyst chances are that you can find rewarding work in a nonprofit or governmental organization. As a result you will find yourself with a job that can positively affect many, with a salary that is respectable as well.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for Health Service Managers, a category that includes Public Policy, is $101,340 annually (2013). This being said, if you are serious about healthcare and public policy, your potential salary probably takes a backseat to your potential impact.

Some of the high level positions and potential employment options that you may be prepared for after earning your Master’s or PhD in public policy and healthcare administration include:

  • Program Specialist (Insurance providers, medical facilities)
  • Service Leadership
  • Systems Analyst (data repositories)
  • Performance and Quality Improvement (healthcare facilities)
  • Market Research Analyst (corporate and government agencies)
  • Human Resource Director
  • Programs Coordinator (healthcare non-profits)
  • Project Analyst, Coordinator, Administrator (healthcare, research facilities)
  • Research Fellow (academics and non-profits)

Curriculum of Healthcare Public Policy Graduate Programs

The first thing you will want to do while investigating your options for advanced degrees in healthcare from public policy schools is to determine admissions criteria. You can do this by contacting the schools you are interested in directly from our page and requesting detailed program materials, or by visiting the school’s website.

While exact curriculum details may vary depending upon the type of advanced healthcare administration and policy degree you choose, you can expect a general course load similar to that below. It can take anywhere from two to six years to complete your degree, based on the type of program and your enrollment status. Public policy graduate programs require fewer credit hours for completion, but a PhD in public policy may be required for several of the highest level careers.

Sample Health Policy and Administration Graduate Courses

  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Healthcare Economics
  • Financing Healthcare
  • Healthcare Policy and the Political System
  • Healthcare Law
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
  • Research Seminar in Healthcare Policy
  • Health Services Organization and Delivery
  • Health Services Behavior
  • Health Disparities
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Research Methods in Health Services

Keep in mind that it is likely you will also be required to conduct extensive research on your own, in order to complete your dissertation or graduate capstone project. You will learn what you need to know to complete these high level projects as you take more classes, culminating in a wealth of information to be used over the span of your career. The tools you gain as you progress through your advanced education in public policy can prepare you to meet the needs of communities, and our nation, in order to improve health and wellness system-wide.

To get started in this impactful career today, reach out to the public policy schools below to get more information on healthcare public policy and administration degrees.

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Anthem College Online (Online, )
Programs Offered:
Medical Office Administration - Diploma
Colorado Christian University - Online (Online, )
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Health Care Administration (online)
Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration
Health Care Administration – Certificate
Health Care Administration – Graduate Certificate (online)
Kaplan University - Online (Online, )
Programs Offered:
BS in Health Care Administration (online)
Ottawa University (Online, )
Programs Offered:
Health Care Management - Bachelor (online)
Master of Business Administration - Health Care Management (online)
Top > Alabama
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:
Administration-Health Services, D.Sc (Executive Program)
Administration-Health Services, Ph.D. (Residential Program)
Top > Alaska
Charter College (Anchorage, AK)
Programs Offered:
BS - Health Care Administration
Top > Arizona
Argosy University (Online, AZ)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Healthcare Management Concentration (online)
Brookline College (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Health Care Administration (online)
Bachelor of Science - Health Care Administration (online)
CollegeAmerica (Flagstaff, AZ / Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:
Healthcare Administration (MS)
Grand Canyon University - Online (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:
B.S. in Business Administration: Business Intelligence (online)
B.S. in Business Administration (online)
B.S. in Business Information Systems (online)
M.B.A. and MS in Leadership (Dual Degree) (online)
M.B.A.: Leadership (online)
Northcentral University - Online (Prescott Valley, AZ)
Programs Offered:
DBA - Health Care Administration (online)
PhD - Health Care Admininstration
PhD - Health Care Admininstration (online)
Top > California
Ashford University Online (San Diego, CA)
Programs Offered:
BA Health Care Administration (online)
MA Health Care Administration (online)
Brandman University (Irvine, CA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Health Administration (online)
MBA - Health Administration (online)
California Coast University (Santa Ana, CA)
Programs Offered:
AS - Health Care Administration (online)
BS - Health Care Administration (online)
California College-San Diego (San Diego, CA / San Marcos, CA)
Programs Offered:
Healthcare Administration (MS)
Healthcare Administration (MS) (online)
California State University-Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
Programs Offered:
MS in Health Care Administration
Charter College (Oxnard, CA)
Programs Offered:
BS - Health Care Administration
San Joaquin Valley College (Bakersfield, CA / Fresno, CA / Hanford, CA / Hesperia, CA / Lancaster, CA / Modesto, CA / Ontario, CA / Visalia, CA)
Programs Offered:
Medical Office - Bakersfield
Medical Office - Fresno
Medical Office - Hanford
Medical Office - Hesperia
Medical Office - Lancaster
Medical Office - Modesto
Medical Office - Ontario
Medical Office - Visalia
San Joaquin Valley College - Online (Visalia, CA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Medical Billing and Coding (online)
Degree - Medical Billing and Coding (online)
University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Services
Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) in Health Services
Masters of Science in Health Services
West Coast University - Online (Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:
MS in Health Administration - Los Angeles, CA
Top > Colorado
CollegeAmerica (Colorado Springs, CO / Denver, CO / Fort Collins, CO / South Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:
Healthcare Administration (MS)
Healthcare Administration - Gerontology (BS)
Colorado Technical University (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:
Online BS in Business Administration - Health Care Management (online)
Online MBA - Health Care Management (online)
Online MS in Homeland Security - Emergency Management and Public Health (online)
Colorado Technical University Online (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Health Care Management (online)
Master of Business Administration - Health Care Management (online)
Master of Science in Homeland Security - Emergency Management and Public Health (online)
Top > Connecticut
Branford Hall Career Institute (Windsor, CT)
Programs Offered:
Health Claims Specialist
Top > Florida
Florida Career College (Kendall, FL / Miami, FL)
Programs Offered:
AS - Health Services Administration
Health Services Administration - AS
Keiser University (Clearwater, FL / Daytona Beach, FL / Fort Lauderdale, FL / Fort Myers, FL / Lakeland, FL / Melbourne, FL / New Port Richey, FL / Orlando, FL / Port St. Lucie, FL / Sarasota, FL / Tallahassee, FL / Tampa, FL / West Palm Beach, FL)
Programs Offered:
AA in Health Services Administration - Daytona Beach, FL
AA in Health Services Administration - Lakeland, FL
AA in Health Services Administration - Port St. Lucie, FL
Associate of Arts in Health Services Administration
Associate of Arts in Health Services Administration - Clearwater
Associate of Arts in Health Services Administration - Fort Myers, FL
Associate of Arts in Health Services Administration - Melbourne
Associate of Arts in Health Services Administration - New Port Richey
Associate of Arts in Health Services Administration - Orlando
Associate of Arts in Health Services Administration - Port St. Lucie
Associate of Arts in Health Services Administration - Sarasota
Associate of Arts in Health Services Administration - Tallahassee
Associate of Arts in Health Services Administration - Tampa, FL
Associate of Arts in Health Services Administration - West Palm Beach
BA - Health Services Administration (online)
BA in Health Services Administration - Daytona Beach, FL
BA in Health Services Administration - Lakeland, FL
BA in Health Services Administration - Port St. Lucie, FL
Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration
Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration - Clearwater
Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration - Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration - New Port Richey
Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration - Orlando
Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration - Port St. Lucie
Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration - Sarasota
Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration - Tallahassee
Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration - Tampa
Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration - West Palm Beach
Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration- Fort Myers, FL
Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Clearwater
MBA - Health Services Administration - Daytona Beach, FL
MBA - Health Services Administration - Lakeland, FL
MBA - Health Services Administration - Port St. Lucie, FL
MS in Education - Allied Health Teaching and Leadership - Lakeland, FL
MS in Education - Allied Health Teaching and Leadership - Port St. Lucie, FL
Master of Business Administration, MBA - Health Services Administration
Master of Business Administration, MBA - Health Services Administration - Clearwater
Master of Business Administration, MBA - Health Services Administration - Melbourne
Master of Business Administration, MBA - Health Services Administration - New Port Richey
Master of Business Administration, MBA - Health Services Administration - Orlando
Master of Business Administration, MBA - Health Services Administration - Port St. Lucie
Master of Business Administration, MBA - Health Services Administration - Sarasota
Master of Business Administration, MBA - Health Services Administration - Tallahassee
Master of Business Administration, MBA - Health Services Administration - Tampa
Master of Business Administration, MBA - Health Services Administration - West Palm Beach
Master of Business Administration, MBA - Health Services Administration- Fort Myers, FL
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
Programs Offered:
Master of Health Administration
University of West Florida - Online (Pensacola, FL)
Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Health Care Administration
Top > Idaho
Stevens-Henager College (Boise, ID / Idaho Falls, ID / Nampa, ID)
Programs Offered:
Healthcare Administration (MS) - Boise, ID
Healthcare Administration (MS) - Idaho Falls, ID
Healthcare Administration (MS) - Nampa, ID
Top > Illinois
American Intercontinental University Online (Schaumburg, IL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Healthcare Management - HSA Mgt (online)
Benedictine University (Lisle, IL)
Programs Offered:
Accelerated MBA - Healthcare Administration (online)
MBA - Health Care Administration (online)
Top > Iowa
Kaplan University (Cedar Falls, IA / Cedar Rapids, IA / Davenport, IA / Des Moines, IA / Mason City, IA)
Programs Offered:
BS in Health Care Administration
BS in Health Care Administration - Cedar Fall, IA
BS in Health Care Administration - Davenport, IA
BS in Health Care Administration - Des Moines, IA
BSHUS - Human Services Administration
BSHUS - Youth/Family Services and Administration
Master of Health Care Administration
Master of Health Care Administration - Cedar Falls, IA
Master of Health Care Administration - Davenport, IA
Master of Health Care Administration - Des Moines, IA
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Programs Offered:
Master of Health Administration and Master of Public Health in Policy joint degree
Master of Health Administration in Health Management and Policy
Master of Health Administration/Juris Doctor in Law Joint Degree
Master of Health Administration/Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning Combined Degree
Master of Health Administration/Master of Business Administration Joint Degree
Top > Kansas
Central Christian College of Kansas (McPherson, KS)
Programs Offered:
B.S. in Healthcare Admin: Health Info Mgmt (online)
B.S. in Healthcare Admin: Medical Practice Mgmt (online)
Bachelor of Business Administration: Healthcare Mgmt (online)
Top > Kentucky
Daymar College Online (Louisville, KY)
Programs Offered:
Health Care Administration - Billing & Coding (online)
Health Care Administration - Medical Administrative (online)
Health Care Administration - Pharmacy Technology (online)
Top > Maine
Kaplan University (Lewiston, ME / South Portland, ME)
Programs Offered:
BS in Health Care Administration - Lewiston, ME
BS in Health Care Administration - South Portland, ME
BS in Public Administration and Policy - Advanced Start
BSHUS - Youth/Family Services and Administration
Master of Health Care Administration - Lewiston, ME
Master of Health Care Administration - South Portland, ME
Top > Maryland
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
Programs Offered:
Master of Health Administration (MHA) - Health Finance and Management
Kaplan University (Hagerstown, MD)
Programs Offered:
BS in Health Care Administration - Hagerstown, MD
BSHUS - Youth/Family Services and Administration
Master of Health Care Administration - Hagerstown, MD
Mount St. Mary's University (Frederick, MD)
Programs Offered:
Master of Health Administration
University of Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
Programs Offered:
Master of Health Administration (MHA) - General
Top > Massachusetts
Salter College (Chicopee, MA)
Programs Offered:
Associates in Office Administration: Medical - Chicopee, MA
Top > Minnesota
Rasmussen College Online (Mankato, MN)
Programs Offered:
Accelerated Health and Wellness Bachelors Degree-Completion Program (online)
Accelerated Healthcare Management Bachelors Degree-Completion Program (online)
Walden University - Online (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration - Healthcare Management (online)
Walden University - Online (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:
Master of Science (M.S.) in Human and Social Services - Public Health (online)
Ph.D. in Human and Social Services - Healthcare (online)
Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Public Administration (online)
Top > Mississippi
Belhaven University (Jackson, MS)
Programs Offered:
MBA - Health Administration (online)
Master of Health Administration (online)
Top > Nebraska
Concordia University-Nebraska (Online) (Seward, NE)
Programs Offered:
Master of Healthcare Administration - Gerontology (online)
Master of Healthcare Administration - Health Information Technology (online)
Master of Healthcare Administration - Leadership (online)
Master of Healthcare Administration - Population Health (online)
Master of Public Health - Health Policy and Administration (online)
Kaplan University (Lincoln, NE / Omaha, NE)
Programs Offered:
BS in Health Care Administration - Lincoln, NE
BS in Health Care Administration - Omaha, NE
BSHUS - Youth/Family Services and Administration
Master of Health Care Administration - Lincoln, NE
Master of Health Care Administration - Omaha, NE
Top > New Hampshire
Salter School of Nursing (Manchester, NH)
Programs Offered:
Patient Care Technician
Top > New Jersey
Felician College (Lodi, NJ / Rutherford, NJ)
Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
Harris School of Business (Hamilton, NJ)
Programs Offered:
Health Claims Specialist Plus
Top > New York
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College (New York, NY)
Programs Offered:
Master in Public Administration in Health Care Policy
Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Administration Dual Degree
New York University (New York, NY)
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration
Executive Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Administration in Health Policy and Management
Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) (New York, NY)
Programs Offered:
A.S. Health & Human Services (online)
A.S. Health Sciences (Medical Admin. Assistant) (online)
Top > North Dakota
University of Mary (Bismarck, ND)
Programs Offered:
Healthcare Administration Bachelor’s Degree Program (online)
Top > Ohio
Chancellor University (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Health Services Management block credit (online)
Bachelor of Science - Health Services Management without block credit (online)
Ohio University (Athens, OH)
Programs Offered:
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Health Care (online)
The University of Toledo (Toledo, OH)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (online)
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration (online)
Tiffin University (Tiffin, OH)
Programs Offered:
Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Administration (online)
Top > Oregon
Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR)
Programs Offered:
Masters of Healthcare Administration
Top > Pennsylvania
McCann School of Business & Technology (Online, PA)
Programs Offered:
Medical Office Assistant - Diploma - Online (online)
Saint Francis University (Loretto, PA)
Programs Offered:
Master of Health Science in Healthcare Administration (online)
Top > South Carolina
Medical Careers Institute (North Charleston, SC)
Programs Offered:
Bachelors in Healthcare Administration - North Charleston, SC
Top > Tennessee
South College (Nashville, TN)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Admin w/Con Health Care Admin
Bachelor of Business Administration w/Concentration in Health Care Administration
Top > Texas
Baylor University (Waco, TX)
Programs Offered:
Master of Health Administration/Master of Business Administration joint degree programs
Texas A&M Health Science Center (College Station, TX / Temple, TX)
Programs Offered:
Master of Health Administration
Master of Health Administration (MHA)
University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX)
Programs Offered:
MAA - Healthcare Administration (online)
Top > Utah
Stevens-Henager College (Layton - Satellite of Ogden, UT / Lehi - Satellite of Provo, UT / Logan, UT / Ogden, UT / Orem/Provo, UT / Salt Lake City, UT / St. George, UT)
Programs Offered:
Healthcare Administration (MS) - Layton, UT
Healthcare Administration (MS) - Logan, UT (online)
Healthcare Administration (MS) - Ogden, UT
Healthcare Administration (MS) - Orem/Provo, UT (online)
Healthcare Administration (MS) - Provo, UT
Healthcare Administration (MS) - Salt Lake City, UT (online)
Healthcare Administration (MS) - St. George, UT
Top > Vermont
Champlain College (Burlington, VT)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (online)
Certificate in Health Care Administration (online)
Master of Science in Health Care Administration (online)
Top > Virginia
George Washington University (Arlington, VA)
Programs Offered:
Executive Master of Health Administration (online)
Liberty University Online (Online, )
Programs Offered:
BS Business Admin: Healthcare Mgmt (online)
Medical Careers Institute (Newport News, VA / Richmond (West End), VA / Virginia Beach, VA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor in Healthcare Administration - Newport News, VA
Bachelors in Healthcare Administration - ONLINE (online)
Bachelors in Healthcare Administration - Virginia Beach, VA
Bachelors in Healthcare Management - Richmond (West End), VA
Top > Washington
Charter College (Fife, WA / Lacey, WA / Vancouver, WA / Yakima, WA)
Programs Offered:
BS - Health Care Administration
BS - Health Care Administration
Top > West Virginia
Salem International University (Salem, WV)
Programs Offered:
Health Care Management (MBA) (online)
Top > Wyoming
CollegeAmerica (Cheyenne, WY)
Programs Offered:
Healthcare Administration (MS)


In addition to the campus based programs, there are numerous online programs available for many of the common Health Administration degree types (Associate, Bachelors, Masters) and specialties. Please feel free to use the links on the left-hand side of this page to explore some of the online degree programs available. Thanks for visiting!