The Master of Health Services Administration program received a top national ranking for the second time in three years as part of Modern Healthcare’s “Top Business Graduate Schools for Physician-Executives.”
The program was ranked No. 1 in 2008, tied with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is ranked first again this year. The rankings are based on programs awarding master's degrees with courses that focus on physicians and clinical aspects of health care. Data were collected in January and February of this year and reflect the 2009-2010 academic year.
Programs are ranked on five factors: length of time to complete the program, cost of tuition, the number of days students must spend on campus, the age of the program and the total number of graduates.
The graduate program in Health Services Administration, established in 1958, is located in the University’s College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education. The Modern Healthcare ranking also noted that Xavier offers a concurrent degree program where students have the opportunity to also complete an MBA in the Williams College of Business.
“The faculty and I are pleased to know that our graduate program has received the number one ranking for a second time. It is always satisfying to know that an excellent journal such as Modern Healthcare has so recognized us,” said Ida Critelli Schick, chair of the Department of Health Services Administration.
“It is an honor to be listed in the rankings from Modern Healthcare,” said Mark Meyers, dean of the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education. “This validates the tremendous efforts by the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the program as they continue to live the mission of Xavier University, having a positive impact on our healthcare systems.”
Xavier’s program is the oldest of all programs in the rankings, and its tuition is seventh highest. It has a strong tradition of success in the field of health services administration. The program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.
The program offers a paid administrative residency, has a strong alumni base of about 1,400 graduates, offers small class sizes and has been accredited every year since 1968, the year accreditation began.
Modern Healthcare is a weekly publication considered the foremost authority on healthcare business nationally.