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Penn State's Health Policy and Administration program is designed to help you understand all aspects of health care.

Understanding Health Care Fully

With courses in liberal arts, business administration, and health sciences, you can learn how to successfully manage the challenges in the health care industry, one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States.

Your career may help 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 current trends and 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: major teaching hospitals, rural physician offices, small service-oriented agencies, or 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.


A bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Health Policy and Administration can help you shape health care around the world.

Learn about social sciences, business, and health care in relation to today’s health service delivery system. Explore how governments works with organizations and communities to affect health care.

The program is versatile and can be customized to meet your career goals. Through courses and minors you can emphasize different management functions (such as finance or human resources), types of organizations (such as hospitals or physician practices), or different areas of health (such as mental health or aging). Graduates also pursue advanced degrees in areas such as business, law, medicine, allied health, or health administration.

Our graduates work in fields such as:

  • Insurance
  • Medical supplies industry
  • Hospitals and physician practices
  • Local, state, or federal governments

Integrated B.S. and M.H.A.

The Integrated Degree Program allows qualified students to earn both a bachelor of science and a Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) degree in five years.


The minor in Health Policy and Administration is designed to help you to gain skills and knowledge that will prepare you for work in the health care field.

Receive a minor in Information Sciences and Technology/Health Policy and Administration. This minor helps you build expertise in the field of health care information technology or health informatics.

Professional Development

Student Organizations

Health Policy and Administration (HPA) Club brings in guest speakers and experienced alumni from various areas of the health care profession to prepare students for a world of Health Policy and Administration beyond Penn State.

Penn State Future Healthcare Executives (PSFHE) promotes an environment conducive to educational and ethical development of personal and social skills that will enhance the attainment of effective leadership in health services organizations.

American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) provides superior educational programming, professional certification, and career development opportunities for students.

Professional Interaction

Alumni of the program regularly return to campus to take part in professional and social events. You will have the opportunity to meet and work with a number of these engaged alumni and learn from them.

Professional Resources

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.

American Public Health Association (APHA) champions the health of all people and all communities. The organization strengthens the profession of public health, shares the latest research and information, promotes best practices and advocates for public health issues and policies grounded in research.

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the leading membership organization for healthcare financial management executives and leaders.

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is a networking community that discusses how complex and fast-changing medical practice management can be.