California is one of the most beautiful (and most expensive) places to live in the United States. Residents of this state are treated with beautiful weather on almost a year round basis, and the ocean is right next door.
There are a large number of people who are currently working in the healthcare administration field in California. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics there are 26,690 health management employees in the state. This is a good sign for those of you who are looking for a place to call home once you start your career.
You will also find that health managers in California are paid some of the highest wages in the country at an average income of $113,810. However, don’t let the big numbers fool you. The cost of living is very high and that can quickly eat away at your earnings. If you’re interested, scroll down to the bottom of this post to see some cost of living data for cities in California.
Healthcare Administration Schools in California
Master of Business Administration – Health Administration
Offers electives in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, IT security, etc.
36 – 48 credits depending on waivers
California Coast University
Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management
39 credits – composed of 13 core health administration courses
California University – San Diego
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
Total cost of program: $28,482
14 courses, 57.5 credits, 15 month program
California State University (multiple locations)
East Bay: MS – Health Administration
Long Beach: MS in Health Care Administration
Los Angeles: MS in Health Care Management
Northridge: MBA – Health Services, MS – Health Administration
San Bernardino: MS – Health Services Administration
Credits will vary from location to location. Please visit websites for more specific information about each program.
Golden Gate University
MBA – Health Services Management
Tuition: $2,520 per 3-unit school of business course
12 health services management credits required
Loma Linda University
MBA Healthcare Administration
Strong emphasis on hands-on experience with 1200 hour practicum
Master of Healthcare Administration
Offers electives in medical practice management
16 courses, 72 quarter units
San Diego State University
MPH – Health Management and Policy
No specific credit requirement given. Follow the link below for more details on the program.
University of California Los Angeles
MPH – Health Policy and Management
Specific credit requirement depend on which degree you apply for (Executive MPH, Master of Science, etc.) Check below for more info.
University of California – Berkeley
MBA – Health Management
Program has been a leader in healthcare management education since 1948
Program adds 4 months to the regular MBA schedule
Cost of Living Data for California
As you can probably guess, California is one of the most expensive states to live in. One of the main reasons for that is the high demand for the beauty that it offers on a year-round basis. If you’re willing to put up with a higher cost of living for about two years you shouldn’t have any problems enjoying your stay in California.
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