The Health Policy and Administration program in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development is designed to help you understand all aspects of health care.
With courses in the liberal arts, business administration, and health sciences, the undergraduate program in Health Policy and Administration can help you learn how to successfully manage the challenges in the health care industry, one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States.
As a successful student in Health Policy and Administration, your career may help to shape health care delivery and quality in the United States and around the world. Additionally, your role in health care can help organizations and governments understand the current trends so that they make well-informed decisions.
You may work as a health services manager or health analyst who is capable of responding to changes in health care law, regulations, and technology. Or you may gather and analyze data to inform industry providers or policymakers. This can occur in all types of health care organizations from major teaching hospitals to rural solo practice physician offices, in small service-oriented agencies or in large global companies.
Overall, the Health Policy and Administration program offers you a number of opportunities to learn and get experience in the industry, including internships and study abroad opportunities. These experiences can help you become a leader in areas such as health care, business, consulting, and public service.
Department of Health Policy and Administration Office Location
The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Health Policy and Administration
604 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
Health Policy and Administration is a major for students interested in the management, business and policy aspects of health care. The specific mission of the baccalaureate program is to develop graduates with the knowledge, skills, and values appropriate for work in entry-level management or policy-related positions or for graduate education in health policy, health law, health services research, public health, and other health-related fields.
HPA Has a New On-Line Student Scheduling System!
Students no longer have to call into the office to make appointments with the academic adviser. They can easily make an appointment on their computer any time of the day, any day of the week.
Just follow the “Click here” link below to set up a meeting time with Caroline Condon-Lewis, the HPA academic adviser.
Click here to book your appointment with the HPA academic adviser.
Here is what the new system looks like. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!
- Select Appointment Type
- Select a Date
- Select Appointment Time
- Establish an Account and Confirm Your Appointment
International Study Opportunities
Health Practice & Policy Program (London, UK and Kingston, JA)
The Health Practice & Policy program was created to meet the academic needs of students in health majors and minors. The program allows students to immerse themselves in public health issues in various locations such as London and Oxford in the United Kingdom, and Kingston, Jamaica, through theories and practice. Some of the courses offered for Penn State sutdents include one health studies taught by IES Abroad in London, a lecture series and seminar taught at the Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Oxford, one elective course from the Study Londa Program, and an intensive service learning and practicum in London and Kingston at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona. In the last two weeks of the semester, students participate in an extended field study trip to Kingston at the University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona where they learn through lectures, discussions, and a practicum at community health clinics.
Students must take 15 credits per semester including required and optional program components.
To see more about this opportunity click here: http://gpglobalea.gp.psu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10716
Short-Term Faculty Led Programs
HPA 401 will again offer an embedded program in Costa Rica. The embedded program is now a stand alone three credit course, HPA 499: Costa Rica. The dates for travel are Sunday, January 17th– Sunday, January 24th, 2016, and it will now run as a stand alone 3 credit course. If you have not fulfilled your elective requirements, it will now meet that criteria. We have extended the deadline to apply for the course to June 1st. We need a few more students to be able to run the trip.
If you would like to apply for the trip please contact Celeste Newcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible as you will need to be added to HPA 401, Comparative Health Systems.
On this trip, students will learn how health care is delivered in Costa Rica. Students will have a chance to meet with policy makers, physicians and other providers of care, as well as administrators in an effort to learn how Costa Rica is able to achieve impressive health outcomes. The Learning Objective for this embedded program is for students to analyze the information obtained on the trip and effectively present it back to others upon return to the United States. Applications for the 2016 trip are now being accepted. The deadline has been extended to June 1. Please deposit applications in Celeste Newcomb’s mail box in 118 Keller Building. Once you have been accepted on the trip you will need to enroll in the three credit course HPA 499: HCS Costa Rica. The cost to go on this trip is $2,796. This does not include airfare. Most students obtain some type of support funding. Please visit http://hhd.psu.edu/hpa/Costa-Rica to learn more about the three credit course, HPA 499: Costa Rica.