Health care administration is one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation. Health care administrators manage health care and medical services, serving as leaders in hospitals and clinics. Accredited health care administration degree programs provide students with an exceptional academic curriculum and skilled faculty knowledgeable about the industry, according to the Commission on Accreditation Health care Management Education. CAHME accredits health care administration programs in the U.S. and Canada and offers educational and professional development resources for students pursuing careers in the field.

Southern Schools

Georgia State University offers a Master of Science in Health Administration. The 36-credit-hour degree program includes specializations in such areas as clinical management, finance, health informatics and managerial sciences. "U.S. News and World Report" ranked Georgia State as one of the best health care management programs in the country.

Students can earn a Masters of Health Care Administration at Texas State University-San Marcos, which focuses their studies on topics related to health and disease as well as legal and political forces that affect health care. Developed in 1974, the well-established School of Health Administration at Texas State University-San Marcos also offers an undergraduate degree in healthcare administration.

Midwestern Health Care Administration Programs

The 54 credit-hour Master of Health Administration degree at Governor's State University is one of only two Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education-accredited programs in the Illinois public university system. The curriculum covers subject matter related to strategic planning and community health.

"U.S News and World Report" ranks Saint Louis University among the top ten best health care management programs in the nation. The university gives students the option of pursuing three health management related degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Health Management, Master of Health Administration and Accelerated B.S./M.H.A.

West Coast Universities

California State University-Long Beach awards aspiring administrators a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration or Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. In 2012, "Modern Healthcare" magazine ranked the institution's Department of Healthcare Administration as one of the top business schools for physician executives.

The Master of Health Administration at the University of Washington-Seattle requires a minimum of 75 to 76 credit hours to graduate. The university is ranked among the top ten most exemplary health care management degree programs in the 2011 version of "U.S. News and World Report."

East Coast Options

Virginia Commonwealth University enables students to study two graduate-level degrees in health care administration: the Master of Health Administration and the Master of Science in Health Administration. Virginia Commonwealth University ranks among the top five health management programs on "U.S. News and World Report's" 2011 list.

The 54 credit-hour Master of Health Administration at the University of South Carolina is one of just two CAHME-accredited schools in South Carolina. To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, students can enroll in the program part-time or full-time, and most classes are offered in the late afternoons and evenings.

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Cassandra Ifie is a librarian living in Richmond, Va. She has also been a writer since 2008. Ifie received her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman's University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Rust College.