ERIE, PA – The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Masters in Health Services Administration (MHSA) program has been ranked one of the top online master’s in healthcare administration degree programs in the U.S., according to a study by Intelligent.com.
Intelligent.com, a website dedicated to helping students connect with the best, easy-to-understand resources and advice, analyzed 307 regionally accredited programs at 171 colleges and universities. Each program was evaluated for its reputation in the field, course strength, flexibility and cost. LECOM’s MHSA program ranked No. 31 overall while also being recognized for having the best academic health setting.
LECOM added the MHSA program to its School of Health Services Administration (SHSA) in 2014 to develop clinicians and graduate students into executive healthcare administrators armed with the critical knowledge, leadership skills and confidence required to fully manage the growing demands and complex issues of the healthcare industry. All three of the SHSA master’s programs, including the Masters in Public Health and Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics, are designed specifically to accommodate busy students and working professionals; 98 percent of the curriculum is delivered through a distance education online platform led by a dynamic team of faculty experts with deep industry experience.
“Our Masters in Health Services degree program teaches students the ‘business of healthcare’ as part of the largest medical college in the U.S., creating a unique educational setting where clinicians and administrators can develop into future healthcare industry leaders,” said Timothy Novak, DBA, dean of LECOM’s School of Health Services Administration. “This recognition by Intelligent.com is a testament to that synergy and the effectiveness of the interprofessional relationships created through the program.”
Healthcare administrators are integral to the operation of a healthcare system or organization, often overseeing human resources, financial management, strategic planning, day-to-day procedures and patient advocacy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 18 percent between 2018 and 2028, much faster than the average of all occupations and due in large part to the sizable aging baby-boomer population.