Certificate Programs

The HPA Undergraduate Certificate Programs are designed to meet the immediate educational needs of those currently working full-time or part-time in a health care environment and those who desire further professional development in health care management.

Certificate in Health Policy and Administration (HPA)

Program Description

This certificate program is designed to allow students switching into health care from another industry to continue their education, if they desire, through a major in Health Policy and Administration or a bachelor's degree in one of several fields at the university combined with a minor in Health Policy and Administration.

Course Requirements

The required courses provide a basic overview of the health care system and management in health care. The 9 credits in electives allow students to gain a deeper understanding of health care issues involving managed care, financing, strategic planning and marketing, or human resources.

Required courses: HPA 101, HPA 332

Elective courses: 9 credits from HPA 420, 447, 455, 460

Students taking HPA 447 should note that they must complete INS 301 or FIN 100 as a prerequisite.

Certificate in Health Care Management

This certificate program is particularly relevant to those trained in professional or technical health care fields who have been promoted or desire promotion into a health care managerial or supervisory position.

In addition, the certificate provides a starting point for those students considering management careers in a health care environment without their committing to an associate or baccalaureate degree program.

Certificate in Health Care Management at Penn State Beaver

Course Requirements

The seven required courses (22 credits) provide a deeper understanding of the principles of management, health care financing, legal aspects of business, and the development, organization, and evaluation of a health care facility or department.

Required Courses: MGMT 100, ACCTG 211, B LAW 243, ECON 002, HPA 101, HPA 332, and HPA 447.

Common Requirements for HPA Undergraduate Certificate Programs

  1. All course prerequisites must be met.
  2. Based on evidence of earned credits or approved academic experiences at other institutions may be applied toward the certificate.
  3. No more than two courses taken at other institutions may be applied toward the certificate.
  4. A grade of C or better is required in each course for completion of the certificate.

Request for Health Care Management Certificate

When you have completed all courses required for the certificate, please complete the Health Care Management Certificate formand mail it to:

HPA Undergraduate Certificate Programs
604 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802-6500