Minors

HPA offers students majoring in other fields the opportunity to deepen their understanding of health care by completing a minor in HPA. Students in HPA and the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) also have the opportunity to receive a minor in IST/HPA. Detail on these two programs are provided below.

Minor in Health Policy and Administration (HPA)

The minor in Health Policy and Administration is designed to allow students interested in the fields of health policy and health administration to gain skills and knowledge that will prepare them for work in the health care field or further graduate study.

Students interested in clinical fields such as nursing, physical therapy, biobehavioral health or medicine can gain an understanding of the impact of business and government on their professions. The world of health care offers students interested in economics, sociology, psychology, human development and family studies, political science or other social science fields a host of challenges, from insuring the uninsured and regulating managed care to reforming Medicare.

Students interested in business or law can learn about one of the country's fastest growing industries representing 14 percent of the U.S. economy. A total of 18 credits is required for the minor, including 6 credits of prescribed courses and 12 credits of electives (at least 6 credits at the 400 level).

For more information on the minor in Health Policy and Administration, please contact Caroline Condon-Lewis at 814-863-2900 or cxc29@psu.edu.

Minor in Information Sciences and Technology in Health Policy and Administration (IST/HPA)

Hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, or other health care organizations in the modern world of medicine could not survive, much less save patients' lives, without high quality information systems professionals assisting their clinical staff. From developing artificial intelligence decision-making systems to providing bedside information technology, information sciences and technology has become integral to today's health care. Penn State's minor in Information Sciences and Technology in Health Policy and Administration (IST/HPA) was developed to meet the needs of the health care industry for well-trained information technology professionals.

In fact the ability to put technology to work is fast becoming one of the most critical basic skills a professional can have.

That is why Penn State believes that students in all fields should be able to build an academic program that enables them to become knowledge workers. And, that is why the School of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is working closely with educational partners around the University to develop joint minors such as this one in the College of Health and Human Development’s Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA).

There is a growing and critical need for persons with expertise in the field of health care information technology applications or health informatics. The IST/HPA minor provides you with a solid base in the information sciences and technology through courses in IST’s core curriculum, the same ones taken by all students majoring in IST. You may then select from a group of HPA courses in which you will study the application of information technology in such areas as health care planning, financing, and marketing.

Job opportunities for information science and technology professionals, especially in healthcare, are growing rapidly. Earning vary by region, organization size and type, specialty area, professional level, and education. Nevertheless, salaries for IST staff with a bachelor's degree are in the $50,000 to $60,000 range. IST managers with a masters degree have a median salary of $75,000 to $90,000 (Health Information Management Systems Society).

The ability to put technology to work is fast becoming one of the most critical basic skills a professional can have. That is why Penn State believes that students in all fields should be able to build an academic program that enables them to become knowledge workers. And, that is why the School of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is working closely with educational partners around the University to develop joint minors such as this one in the College of Health and Human Development’s Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA).

Students must apply for entrance to this minor no later than the beginning of their seventh semester at Penn State. There is a one-time tuition surcharge of $750 when students formally enter the IST/HPA minor. A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses to successfully complete the minor.

Prescribed Courses

IST 110 Introduction to Information Sciences and Technology 3

IST 210 Organization of Data 4

IST 220 Networking and Telecommunications 3

H P A 470 Health Care Information Management 3

Additional Courses (Select Two)

H P A 431 Health Planning Methods 3

H P A/BB H 440 Principles of Epidemiology 3

H P A 447 Financing Health Care 3

H P A 455 Strategic Planning and Marketing for Health Services 3

Total Required 19

For More Information

Contact:

Caroline Condon-Lewis, M.Ed.
Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Department of Health Policy and Administration
The Pennsylvania State University
604J Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2900
cxc29@psu.edu

Jeanine Peritz
Lead Counselor, College of Information Sciences and Technology
The Pennsylvania State University
104 Information Sciences and Technology Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-8947
jperitz@ist.psu.edu