Health Policy and Administration, Minor

Program Code: HPA_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HPA 57Consumer Choices in Health Care Keystone/General Education Course3
HPA 101Introduction to Health Services Organization3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3-6 credits of the following:3-6
Health Care Payment
Financial Decisions in Health Care Organizations
Health Services Policy Issues
Health Care and Medical Needs
Population Health and Healthcare
Health Systems Management
Select 6-9 credits from 400-level HPA courses6-9

Note: Some courses have additional prerequisites that must be met.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Caroline Condon-Lewis
Academic Adviser
604J Donald H. Ford Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2900
cxc29@psu.edu

Career Paths

HPA courses help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand the complex societal problem of providing access to quality health care at reasonable cost. The HPA minor will help prepare you for work in entry-level management or policy-related positions or for the pursuit of graduate education.

Careers

The HPA minor can help prepare you for work as a health services manager/administrator or health analyst. Health services managers/administrators plan, direct, and coordinate medical, behavioral, and/or long-term care services. These individuals might oversee matters of personnel, budgeting, billing, equipment outlays, information systems, planning and more. Health analysts are responsible for analyzing, compiling, and validating information 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. Employment in the health care sector is projected to grow 18 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than all other occupations.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES WITH A MINOR IN HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

When added to your academic major course of study, students have used the HPA minor to prepare for graduate study in business, law, medicine or allied health fields, health administration, health services research or policy, and public health.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH POLICY AND STUDIES
604 Donald H. Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2900
mxs838@psu.edu

http://hhd.psu.edu/hpa/undergraduate/bs