Health care is a complex and rapidly growing field.
As a student in Penn State Schuylkill's Health Policy and Administration undergraduate program, you'll learn about the societal challenges associated with providing widespread access to quality health care at a reasonable cost.
More than that, you'll gain the skills needed to join this evolving field and contribute from day one, helping to improve the health care system and overall population health. You'll graduate ready to help shape the future of health care.
About Penn State Schuylkill's B.S. in Health Policy and Administration
The Health Policy and Administration (HPA) program will provide you with a balance of business savvy, industry knowledge, and policy expertise that will prepare you to be a difference maker in the field of health care. You'll study a multidisciplinary curriculum that prepares you to work as a health services manager or health analyst.
Health services managers, also called health care executives or health care administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical, health, and/or long-term care services. They might manage an entire facility or specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department, administrate a program or manage a practice for a group of providers.
Health analysts are employed throughout the health care industry gathering, compiling, modeling, validating, and analyzing data needed by different organizations of providers, payers, and policy makers. Analysts help these organizations understand the current trends in the health care system and to make well-informed decisions.
HPA students have also used the degree to prepare for graduate study in business, law, medicine or allied health fields, health administration, health services research or policy, and public health.
Accelerated Bachelor's/J.D. Program
The Accelerated Bachelor’s/J.D. Program gives outstanding Penn State undergraduates the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree and J.D. in a compressed time frame, fast-tracking their chosen legal careers. At Penn State Schuylkill, several degree programs, including HPA, complement specific areas of law students may wish to enter, such as health care law.
Internships and Co-Op
We prepare our students for the job market and include a one-semester internship as part of the curriculum. For those wanting an even richer career-focused experience, students majoring in Health Policy and Administration are eligible to participate in Penn State Schuylkill Co-Op.
A Flexible Structure to Meet Your Goals
The HPA program offers a flexible course structure that allows you to tailor classes to your individual goals. Supporting courses let you explore specific areas of interest, including:
- business administration
- health sciences
- information technology
For More Information
Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.