Health Policy and Administration

Health Policy and Administration

Health Policy and Administration

The healthcare industry represents nearly 18 percent of the entire United States economy and is still growing at a rapid rate, creating the need for qualified professionals to handle the management, business and policy aspects of the field. With a bachelor's degree in Health Policy and Administration (HPA) from Penn State Lehigh Valley, students will be prepared to enter into this growing field with experience from related internships.

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This program is a blend of liberal arts, business administration, and health sciences courses designed to prepare students for careers or further study in healthcare. The flexibility of the Health Policy and Administration major allows students to tailor their education to work in a variety of health care organizations.

Three areas of specialization

Business and Financing

Health Information Technology

Long-term Care

Students of this degree program will complete an internship in a health care related setting, giving them valuable experience and contacts in the industry. These professional experiences and networking opportunities are made possible due to nationally-ranked hospital and health service systems just minutes from campus.

Program courses include

  • Consumer Choices in Health Care
  • Health Services Policy Issues
  • Financing Health Care
  • Long-term Care Management
  • Physician Practice Management
  • Principles of Public Health Administration

Your job setting could be

  • Managed Care Companies
  • Health Systems
  • State and Federal Agencies
  • Research Organizations
  • Human Resources
  • Physician Group Practices

Recommended Academic Plan

Recommended Academic Plans provide the possible order of courses students might follow as they pursue a particular degree. RAPs are proposed schedules only. Individual student's schedules might look different if -- in consultation with an academic adviser -- the student has created a different plan. Care should be taken when changing the order of courses, as the RAP takes into account prerequisites and course controls. Changing the other of a RAP might be in the student's best interests and can occur with an adviser's guidance. For the final work regarding the courses needed for graduation in a particular major, all students should consult the University Bulletin and their degree audit.

Recommended Academic Plan for Health Policy and Administration >>