ST. LOUIS -- As the country wrestles with health care reform, Saint Louis University School of Public Health's master of health administration (MHA) program has been named among the 10 best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the top programs in its "Best Graduate Schools for 2012" issue.
The health management has risen in the ranks from the 12th to the 9th slot.
"For the first time in several years, the whole country is focused on health care delivery systems and health promotion. The timing couldn't be better for us to be ranked among the top places that address health reform and improved health management," said Edwin Trevathan, M.D., MPH, dean of Saint Louis University's School of Public Health. "The stars are aligning perfectly for us."
The high quality of research -- particularly in comparing health systems around the world -- and in teaching has thrust the 63-year-old program into the top 10 in the country, Trevathan said. He plans to expand the program by hiring new faculty to meet the demand of a growing number of students eager to study health management and policy.
Those students, like the faculty who teach them, are a special breed, Trevathan added.
"Our students are amazing. Not only are they brilliant but they have a strong sense of social justice and mission that they take to the workplace," Trevathan said. "And for us to be a place known in the nation and internationally for our deep understanding of the globalization of health care and health management is critically important. We're uniquely positioned to think about health as a global issue."
Saint Louis University has the state's only accredited School of Public Health and is the only Jesuit or Catholic university with an accredited School of Public Health.
Geriatrics Highly Ranked
Other graduate education programs at Saint Louis University Medical Center that were recognized for their excellence included geriatrics, which ranked 16th. For more than a dozen years, geriatrics has been listed among the top 20 best programs in the nation.
"As more and more boomers age and the demand for geriatrics services increases, we are very happy to be recognized for our quality of education, research and patient care," said John Morley, M.D., director of the division of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. "We continue to lead in geriatric care and education in the Midwest."
Last year, Saint Louis University Hospital, which is staffed by SLUCare physicians who are members of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine faculty, was ranked 21st in geriatrics by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Hospitals issue.
The ranking reflects the hospital's proficiency in treating difficulty cases involving patients who are 75 years and older and require a high level of expertise.
Other programs at Saint Louis University Medical Center that ranked among the 50 best in the country are: Doisy College of Health Sciences' physician assistant, 25th; public health, 36th; and nursing, 50th.
Saint Louis University Medical Center offers a wide range of health professions education. In addition to having the first School of Medicine west of the Mississippi River, Saint Louis University Medical Center includes the School of Nursing, Doisy College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Center for Advanced Dental Education and Center for Health Care Ethics.