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HPA Undergraduate Program Learning Objectives

To prepare its graduates to perform competently in the health care industry, the Health Policy and Administration faculty have designed a competency framework to measure student performance in seven domains:

  • The Health Care Industry
  • Policy Analysis
  • Managerial Analysis
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Diversity Adeptness
  • Written and Oral Communication

    For more on HPA Program Learning Objectives, visit the program objectives page.

    Map of HPA Program Learning Objectives and Curriculum

    The following are semester-by-semester academic plan recommendations for:

    HPA programs at University Park and World Campus

    HPA programs at Commonwealth Campuses


    All students in HPA will complete an internship in a health-care-related setting, providing valuable and necessary experience and contacts in the industry.

    Students are encouraged to visit the internship portal to find all necessary information including the student work plan, internship evaluation, internship manual, preceptor resources, and student resources.

    Honors Study in HPA

    Honors study in HPA is designed for outstanding students who are committed to the pursuit of unique intellectual challenges and who wish to maximize their strengths and personal development.

    Academic Advising

    Pre-major students, change of major students, students transferring into Penn State from another school, and any other students not yet in the HPA major can get information about HPA from your HPA’s department adviser. If you'd like to schedule an appointment with your adviser, use the Starfish advising tool.

    You should schedule an appointment to discuss any of the following with your adviser.

    Transfer credits
    Course scheduling and registration
    Academic warning, suspension, dismissal, and re-enrollment
    Petitions of academic policies
    Information on minors
    Graduation requirements
    Review of HPA Academic Requirements
    Drop/Add of courses and routine late drops
    Signature for routine forms                                                                                                                 

    Change of Major or Change of Campus
    Study Abroad
    Deadline information

    General education requirements
    Writing intense course requirements
    Satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading
    Information on university resources
    Course substitutions
    International and United States course requirements
    Supporting Courses and Related Areas requirements
    C-required courses
    Independent learning courses
    Opportunities within the major

    Integrated Undergraduate/ Graduate Programs

    The Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program allows qualified students to complete their Bachelor of Science while working on a Master of Health Administration at the same time. Students can earn both degrees in five (5) years by combining Bachelor and Master level classes in their fourth and fifth years of study.

    International Study Opportunities

    Penn State is dedicated to educating its students to become the next generation of global citizens and leaders. International study and field experiences provide Penn State students opportunities to explore how different cultures, economies, and governments address social issues like the provision of health care. There are many ways for Health Policy and Administration students to go abroad and incorporate an international experience into their academic careers.

    Student Activities

    HPA students have a range of opportunities to get involved in student organizations through the department, the College of Health and Human Development, and university wide.

    For more information regarding activities and clubs please visit:

    Student Affairs Club Directory

    HPA Student Clubs & Organizations

    Women's Leadership Initiative

    Frequently Asked Questions

    HPA FAQ's - answers questions specifically for HPA