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MHA program ranked #3 by US News and World Report

March 12, 2019

The UNC Gillings School of Global Health’s Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program, based in the Department of Health Policy and Management, has been ranked the No. 3 health care management program in the U.S. by peer programs around the country. The 2020 rankings were published March 12 by U.S. News and World Report.

UNC’s MHA program consistently has ranked in the top five programs for many years.

Dr. Morris Weinberger

Dr. Morris Weinberger

Dr. Paula Song, headshot

Dr. Paula Song

“Both our residential and executive programs recruit and train students in health administration from around the country and the world,” said Morris Weinberger, PhD, Vergil N. Slee Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality Management and chair of the health policy and management department. “As we continue to focus on our program’s mission – to improve decision-making and leadership skills of early and mid-career professionals who aspire to manage and lead the delivery of health care – we are honored that our peers rank UNC as one of the top programs in the country.”

“The MHA’s high ranking is a reflection of the commitment of our faculty, staff, students and alumni to the profession of health management education, said Paula Song, PhD, associate professor and residential master’s program director. “Our MHA program prepares students to be effective health care leaders by providing a rigorous competency-based curriculum that is cultivated in a student-centered and inclusive environment.”

The health policy and management department offers MHA degrees in both residential and online formats. The department, which has offered a graduate degree in health care management for more than thirty years, claims more than 4,700 alumni. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME) and is an active member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

U.S. News and World Report rankings in health care administration are determined every three years, based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to department chairs and program directors of CAHME-accredited health administration programs.

In the same U.S. News and World Report rankings, the Gillings School was named by peer leaders as the No. 1 public school of public health — and No. 2 overall – in the nation. Read more about the School’s ranking here.


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