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Bachelor of Science in
Health Policy and Administration

Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration (HPA) is a 120-credit program that offers a solid foundation in the management, business, and policy aspects of health care.

Prescribed Courses (36 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution.

    • GS

      This course can be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Examination of the social, political, historic, and scientific factors in the development and organization of health services.

  • 3
    credits

    This course covers basic concepts and issues related to health insurance and payment for health care providers.

    • Prerequisite

      ECON 102, HPA 101

  • 3
    credits

    An introduction to financial and economic information to make decisions in health care organizations.

    • Prerequisite

      HPA 210

  • 3
    credits

    Analysis of major issues in health services delivery in hospitals, medical practice, public health, mental health, and health professional education.

    • Prerequisite

      ECON 102, HPA 101, PLSC 001

  • 3
    credits

    Health care from an individual, family, and community standpoint illustrated with specific diseases and health problems.

    • Prerequisite

      (BBH 101 or BISC 004 or BIOL 141) and HPA 101

  • 3
    credits

    This course covers fundamental theories, concepts, issues, and strategies related to a population health approach to health and health services.

    • Prerequisite

      HPA 101

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to and analysis of managerial roles and practices in health service organizations.

    • Prerequisite

      HPA 101, HPA 211

  • 3
    credits

    Development of personal understanding and professional skills to prepare students for future employment or study in health policy and administration.

    • Prerequisite

      HPA 101

  • 3
    credits

    Professional field experience providing opportunities to apply skills and knowledge in health care setting.

    • Prerequisite

      HPA 301, HPA 310, HPA 332, HPA 390W

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to principles and methods of strategic planning and marketing.

    • Prerequisite

      HPA 395

  • 3
    credits

    This course examines the American democracy by looking at the dynamic interaction between the founding ideals of the United States government, the institutions established by the Constitution, and the ongoing contest for power within and through those institutions.

    • GS

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

Additional Courses (7 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Fundamentals of computational thinking, including reasoning about problems at multiple levels of abstraction, and analyzing code for its behavior, efficiency, and correctness.

    • GQ

      This course can be used to satisfy the Quantification (GQ) requirement.

  • 4
    credits

    Descriptive Statistics, frequency distributions, probability and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.

    • Prerequisite

      Placement into MATH 021 or higher.

    • GQ

      This course can be used to satisfy the Quantification (GQ) requirement.

Additional HPA Courses (select 9 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    This course provides an opportunity to students to learn about the challenges of leadership in health care.

    • Prerequisite

      HPA 301, HPA 311, HPA 332

  • 3
    credits

    This course examines the broad concept of diversity and its impact on health care, particularly on rendering services to patients from diverse groups and about the challenges health care professionals face serving diverse populations. Diversity includes many factors, such as age, ethnicity, race, religion, physical and mental disability, class, gender, and sexual orientation. To eradicate health disparities and improve health outcomes, students will explore effective and culturally appropriate strategies and interventions to deliver health care to diverse health care consumers.

    • Prerequisite

      HPA 311

  • 3
    credits

    Theory of epidemiology and significant case studies. Potential application to health care.

    • Prerequisite

      BBH 101 or BIOL 110 or HPA 310; STAT 200 or STAT 250

  • 3
    credits

    Management and policy issues for institutional, community, and home settings for chronic care services.

    • Prerequisite

      HPA 332

  • 3
    credits

    Foundations of human resource management applied to health care organizations, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community health organizations.

    • Prerequisite

      HPA 332

  • 3
    credits

    This course introduces information systems terminology, data structures, software applications, and their management functions in health services organizations.

    • Prerequisite

      CMPSC 203, HPA 332, IST 210, IST 220

  • 3
    credits

    This course covers the basic principles and techniques of quality management in health care, including the definition, measurement, and uses of data for improving the quality of health and health services.

    • Prerequisite

      HPA 332

Supporting Courses and Related Areas (30 credits)

At least 9 credits must be at the 400 level.

Select from University-wide offerings in consultation with adviser. View the full department list

Please note that not all supporting courses on the department's list are available to online learners. Check the World Campus Course Catalog to see which courses are offered online.

General Education (45 credits)

12 credits are included in the requirements for the major.

General Education Requirements

Some General Education requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GWS courses.
  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GQ courses.
  • Integrative Studies: 6 credits
    This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. Integrative Studies credits may be completed within the thirty Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.

Electives (select 4–6 credits)

Choose electives from the World Campus Course Catalog.

Please note: Among the above degree requirements, you must incorporate at least 3 credits in U.S. cultures, 3 credits in international (IL) cultures, and 3 credits in Writing Across the Curriculum courses. The above course list includes only courses offered by World Campus. An official degree audit or the recommended academic plan for this program may include additional course options and detailed requirements. All students are expected to complete at least 36 Penn State credits to earn this degree. Please consult an academic adviser for details.

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.

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