The Department of Health Policy and Administration at Penn State
Interested in health management, health policy, or health services research? The Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA) at Penn State prepares students to be the health care leaders of tomorrow.
- Undergraduate Program
- Our undergraduate program develops graduates with the knowledge, skills, and values appropriate for beginning a career in health management or health policy or for graduate education in public health, health policy, health law, health services research, and other health-related and clinical fields.
- Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.)
- Our Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) degree prepares students for the complexities they will face in health services management, one of the fastest growing management occupations. The M.H.A. program is available via resident and online instruction options.
- Ph.D. program
- Our Ph.D. program develops intellectual leaders who will produce important new insights through research on health policy, health care organizations, and population health.
Time and Patient$
The "bad guys" in Jonathan Clark's video game are not gun-wielding guerillas, fire-breathing dragons or flesh-eating zombies. Instead, the "antagonists" are wasted time, lost customers and reduced profits. In the summer of 2013, Clark — assistant professor of health policy and administration and executive director of the Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) program — piloted a video game in his online M.H.A. class HPA 897A, Healthcare Operations Management. He is using the game again this semester as part of his resident M.H.A. version of the class. The setting of the game is a walk-in physician clinic; the goal is to optimize the clinic's operations to ensure patient satisfaction and maximize profits. Read more about the learning tool Time and Patient$.
MHA program earns seven-year accreditation
The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) announced on Nov. 12 the seven-year accreditation of the Penn State Master of Health Administration program in the Department of Health Policy and Administration. CAHME reviewers performed their site visit of the program during the past spring semester. Read more about the MHA program's accreditation.
U.S. citizenship increases women's odds of receiving mammograms, cancer tests
Citizenship, particularly for non-U.S. natives, largely determines a woman's odds of having a mammogram and being screened for cervical and colorectal cancer, according to researchers at Penn State. Read more about citizenship's effect on receiving mammogram and cancer tests.
Deirdre McCaughey publishes book chapter, gives keynote address
Deirdre McCaughey, assistant professor of health policy and administration at Penn State, has co-authored a chapter in the book "Advances in Health Care Management," published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited in August. The chapter, titled "Safety Leadership: Extending Workplace Safety Climate Best Practices Across Health Care Workforces," examines the relationship between safety leadership and hospital injury rates. Read more about Deirdre McCaughey and the book chapter in Advances in Health Care Management.
Department of Health Policy and Administration
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University Park, PA 16802-6500