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(Archive) Health Policy and Administration (H P A)

Begin Date: Spring Semester 1999
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Health Policy and Administration (H P A) - (ARCHIVE)

PROFESSOR S. DIANE BRANNON, Head of the Department

This major helps prepare students for management and policy positions or graduate study in the field of health care. Students in the major develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand the complex societal problem of providing access to quality health care at reasonable cost. All Health Policy and Administration students complete an internship in health care setting, giving them valuable experience and contacts in the industry. HPA students study a multidisciplinary curriculum that prepares them to work in many health care organizations including hospitals, physician practices, nursing facilities, home health agencies, health maintenance organizations, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies. Some HPA graduate works in policy positions for state and federal government, trade associations, and policy research organizations. 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.

The requirements for the major are outlined below. Students may select courses in the Supporting Courses and Related Areas category to fulfill requirements for a minor, to develop a specialization, or for admission to medical, dental, law, or other graduate schools. For the B.S. degree in Health Policy and Administration, a minimum of 130 credits is required.

HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION MINOR: Students must take H P A 057 GHS and H P A 101 GS, select 12 additional credits, including 3-6 credits from H P A 301, 310, 332, and 6-9 credits from H P A 400-level courses, for a total of 18 credits. A grade of C or better is required in all courses taken for the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem. 1-2)

(12 of these credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR.)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 15-17 credits

(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (31 credits)[1]
ACCTG 211(4) (Sem. 1-2)
ECON 002 GS(3), PL SC 001 GS(3), SOC 023 GS(3) (Sem. 1-4)
H P A 101(3), 301(3), 310(3) (Sem. 3-6)
H P A 332(3), 394W(3), 395(3) (Sem. 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18-20 credits)[1]
STAT 200 GQ(4) or 250 GQ(3) (Sem. 1-4)

CMPSC 101 GQ(3) or 203 GQ(4) (Sem. 3-4)
FIN 100 or INS 301(3) (Sem. 5-6)
Select 9 credits from H P A 401(3), 410(3), 420(3), 431(3), 433(3), 440(3), 442(3), 445(3), 447(3), 450(3), 455(3), 460(3), or 497 (Sem. 5-8)

(Must include at least 9 credits at the 400 level)
Select 18 credits from University-wide offerings on department list in consultation with adviser (Sem. 5-8)
Select 6 credits from non-H P A college-wide offerings on department list in consultation with adviser (Sem. 5-8)
Select 6 credits in economics and/or political science on department list in consultation with adviser (Sem. 5-8)

[1]A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 1999

Blue sheet Item #: 26-06-059

Review Date: 6/3/99 (General Education Update)


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