Gain the knowledge and skills you need to balance cost, access, and quality in policy-related health care positions. This online degree program includes an internship that can give you valuable real-world experience in the field.
The field of health care continues to expand in response to ever-evolving regulations, dynamic technology, rising costs, and an increase in the number of patients. Health care professionals with the educational background to meet these challenges are in high demand. A bachelor’s degree in HPA can help you acquire the skills and knowledge you need to understand the issues involved in providing access to quality health care at a reasonable cost.
In our online program, you can learn from faculty in Penn State's highly respected Department of Health Policy and Administration, with more than 30 years of experience in teaching undergraduates about health care. The HPA Department is a full member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
In addition, Penn State's HPA alumni, numbering nearly 4,000, are proof of our steadfast commitment to undergraduate education in health policy and administration.
As a complement to the high-caliber curriculum and access to the expansive professional alumni network, the online courses in our program provide you with the flexibility and convenience to study around your schedule. You can skip the lengthy commute without sacrificing the quality of your education — and prepare yourself for more challenging career opportunities without leaving the comfort of your home.
The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration is a blend of courses in liberal arts, business administration, and the health sciences that can help you develop the expertise you will need to contribute to improvements in the health care system.
The breadth of the course work can prepare you for almost any type of health care work environment. HPA graduates work in organizations ranging from major teaching hospitals with more than 1,000 beds to rural solo practice physician offices. Jobs can be found in small, not-for-profit, service-oriented agencies or in major, for-profit corporations.
You will also participate in a program internship that will give you the necessary practical experiences to help you stand out in the job market.