Graduate Program in Health Services Administration is #1

Tied with UNC-Chapel Hill for top graduate school for physician-executives | April 17, 2008

Date:               17 April 2008

Contact:          Ida Critelli Schick, Ph.D.         Laurel Bauer

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Tied with UNC-Chapel Hill


Cincinnati, OH -- Xavier University has tied for first with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Modern Healthcare’s “Top Business Graduate Schools for Physicians.” The rankings were based on programs awarding master's degrees with courses that focus on physicians and clinical aspects of health care. The Xavier program is located in the university's College of Social Science, Health, and Education. Data were collected in January and February of this year and reflect the 2007-2008 academic year. Programs were 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.


“I am delighted with the recognition from Modern Healthcare, especially since we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of our program this year,” said Ida Critelli Schick, Director of Health Services Administration at Xavier.  “Of course, we are proud of our physician executive graduates and all our graduates. Teaching our students is a team effort; we have a great faculty, staff and alumni and other practitioners who help in this educational process. We have been and continue to be dedicated to the education of future leaders in all segments of health care.”


Established in 1958, Xavier’s Graduate Program in Health Services Administration program (GPHSA) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, with approximately 1,500 students having completed the degree. It was the oldest program of all ranked and its tuition ranked 11th. GPHSA 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 (CAHME).  Xavier’s GPHSA has an excellent national reputation, offers a paid 8-12 month administrative residency under the preceptorship of a senior level manager, has a strong alumni base across the United States and abroad, offers small class sizes for a personal touch, and has been accredited every year since 1968 when accreditation began.


Xavier also tied with the University of Alabama at Birmingham at 14th for the “Largest Master’s Programs in Health Administration.” Both schools have 90 participants.


Modern Healthcare is a weekly publication considered the foremost authority on healthcare business nationally.



Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation.  U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 2 among master’s-level universities in the Midwest, and The Princeton Review names it as one of the “Best 366 Colleges in America.”