Healthcare employees
Bachelor of Science in
Health Policy and Administration


  • Christina Daley
    • Degree
      Ph.D., Nonprofit Administration and Leadership Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • Degree
      Master of Library Science, Clarion University
    • Degree
      Master of Management in Healthcare Administration, Penn State

    Dr. Christina Daley is an associate teaching professor. Her research interests include aging, long-term supports and services, long-term care administration, strategic planning, and marketing.

  • Maria L. Dawson
    • Degree
      M.H.A., Penn State
    • Degree
      B.S., Health Planning and Administration, Penn State

    Maria L. Dawson is an assistant teaching professor. Her teaching interests include health care management, health care ethics, health care quality, and electronic medical records.

  • Jennifer L. Deutsch
    • Degree
      M.S., Health Care Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Degree
      B.S., Health Policy and Administration, Penn State

    Jennifer L. Deutsch serves as program director and assistant teaching professor of the World Campus Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration. Her teaching interests include United States health policy, current health care policy issues, consumer choices in health care, and health services organization and delivery.

  • Francis J. King
    Master of Public Management, Carnegie Mellon University

    Francis J. King teaches undergraduate courses in health administration, including acute care and post-acute care. His interests also include the reality of the intersection of health policy with health care systems and operations, and he is developing a course in nursing home administration.

  • Mark Sciegaj
    • Degree
      Ph.D., Social Policy, Brandeis University
    • Degree
      M.P.H., Health Management, Emory University

    Dr. Mark Sciegaj is a professor of health policy and administration. His research focuses on the area of health services research and aging, with extensive experience in policy implementation and evaluation studies. His recent publications include "Three Emerging Themes from Implementing Self-Directed Long-Term Service and Support Programs Under Managed Care"; "Theories that Guide Consumer-Directed/Person-Centered Initiatives in Policy and Practice"; and "An Inventory of Publicly Funded Participant-Directed Long-Term Services and Supports Programs in the United States."

  • Diane Spokus
    • Degree
      Ph.D., Workforce Education Training and Development, Penn State
    • Degree
      M.Ed., Lifelong Learning and Adult Education, Penn State
    • Degree
      B.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State
    • Degree
      Minor, Gerontology, Penn State
    • Degree
      MCHES, Health Educator

    Dr. Diane Spokus is teaching professor and associate director of HPA Undergraduate Professional Development and Outreach. She teaches courses in health policy, human resource management in health care, and health services organization. She has also served as faculty adviser and health educator, as well as a hospital board chair for the PA Rural Health Board of Directors. She was an internship coordinator for nine years. Dr. Spokus holds a Personal Care Home Certificate, and her research interests include aging, health care workforce shortages, job satisfaction and design, retention, recruitment, and quality of work-life.

  • Amy Thul
    • Degree
      D.Ed., Adult Education, Penn State
    • Degree
      M.Ed., Counselor Education, Bloomsburg University
    • Degree
      B.A., Writing, Susquehanna University

    Dr. Amy Thul is an associate teaching professor and associate director of professional development of health policy and administration, teaching in both the residential and online instruction programs. She develops and maintains the internship website, supports students with their career trajectory, and develops relationships with employers and organizations.

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