Information Sciences and Technology in Health Policy and Administration, Minor

Program Code: ISHPA_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 470Health Care Information Management3
IST 110Information, People and Technology Keystone/General Education Course3
IST 210Organization of Data3
IST 220Networking and Telecommunications3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Administration of Hospital and Health Service Systems
Principles of Epidemiology
Financing Health Care
Strategic Planning and Marketing for Health Services

Note: The HPA 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

Careers and opportunities for graduate studies in the area of IST/HPA are diverse. Some individuals begin work in these fields in positions that do not require an undergraduate degree, such as health information clerk or medical biller. Career ladders extend through undergraduate and graduate degree opportunities, with growing responsibilities. Many organizations now have a top level leader, Chief Information Officer (CIO) responsible for all aspects of information and knowledge management and leadership.

Careers

Information sciences and technology careers span an array of positions in health care organizations, including opportunities in compliance and risk management, informatics and data analysis, medical records administration and operations, and finance and billing. Professional organizations like the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) provide excellent career and professional resources for students.

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Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Graduate degree opportunities include professional master’s degrees in health information management or health informatics, as well as more research oriented programs in areas like bioinformatics, health services research, or health informatics. Rapidly growing areas include cybersecurity and medical privacy, big data and analytics, artificial intelligence and similar fields.

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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