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10+ Year Member
Feb 28, 2007
Hey everyone, what are your thoughts on what school out of these three, is the best to go to for a master's in health administration from the public health division of these three institutions?

michigan = ranked #1 for health services admin, #5 for public health
hopkins = ranked #11 for health sevices admin, #1 for public health
cornell = ranked #29 for health services admin, not listed

michigan = college friendly campus
hopkins = rough city/area, INTERNATIONALLY RENOWN name for health &
cornell = college friendly campus/ IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL

any thoughts/experiences would be greatly appreciated, thanks and goodluck to all!


7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Feb 2, 2004
Ann Arbor, MI
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Health Disciplines: Health Services Administration (Master's)
Ranked in 2003*

Rank/School Average assessment
score (5.0 = highest)
1. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor 4.4
2. University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill 4.3
3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 4.2
4. Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL) 4.1
5. University of Minnesota--Twin Cities (Carlson) 3.9
University of Washington 3.9
Virginia Commonwealth University 3.9
8. U. of California--Berkeley (Sch. of Public Health) 3.7
University of California--Berkeley (Haas) 3.7
10. University of Alabama--Birmingham 3.6
11. Johns Hopkins University (MD) 3.4
University of California--Los Angeles 3.4
University of Iowa 3.4
14. Duke University (Fuqua) (NC) 3.2
Ohio State University 3.2
16. Boston University 3.1
New York University (Wagner) 3.1
University of Missouri--Columbia 3.1
Washington University in St. Louis 3.1
20. Arizona State University 3.0
Penn State University--University Park 3.0
St. Louis University 3.0
Trinity University (TX) 3.0
U.S. Army/Baylor University (TX) 3.0
25. University of Colorado--Denver 2.9
University of Pittsburgh 2.9
27. George Washington University (DC) 2.8
Georgia State University 2.8
29. Cornell University (NY) 2.7
Rush University (IL) 2.7
University of Florida 2.7
University of Kansas 2.7
33. Temple University (PA) 2.6
Tulane University (LA) 2.6
U. of Colo.--Denver/Network for Healthcare Management 2.6
University of Southern California 2.6
37. Xavier University (OH) 2.5

*This ranking was computed in January of the year cited, based on data from a survey sent out in the fall of the previous year.
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7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Feb 2, 2004
Ann Arbor, MI
  1. Fellow [Any Field]
I personally would choose Michigan over Hopkins or Cornell...at Hopkins I don't believe you can get an MHA...you'd be getting an MHS and while that's fine and all, it still doesn't have the ring of an MHA or MHSA (in my opinion). Michigan has a vast alumni network and great facilities.


New Member
Feb 17, 2010
  1. Other Health Professions Student
The rankings are bogus. UNC is rated high, and their MHA program is much inferior to other Programs. Cornell for example is not rated high but to me they offer one of the best programs for an MHA. I visited both of those campuses and talked to dozens of current students. The rankings can be a good place to start but are definitely lacking.


MHA Student
10+ Year Member
Mar 4, 2009
  1. Other Health Professions Student
Hopkins now offers a MHA degree instead of the MHS, and in the program students get a lot of exposure to the administrators of the hospital unlike in other programs. Though rankings are subjective to US News, its irrefutable that the Hopkins name is world reknowned and that they strive to be the best possible.


Full Member
Feb 9, 2010
  1. Other Health Professions Student
I did my undergraduate degree at Cornell and spent some time looking at their MHA program. Obviously, I don't have the same insight as an enrolled student but overall I was not impressed by the classes. There are some really great professors but also a bunch of not so great ones. The MBA program at Cornell is well respected and several of the MHA students admitted that they were denied from that program and choose the MHA just as an alternative.

Trying not to be such a downer- I do have wonderful opinions of Ithaca and the campus.
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