Penn State Shenango’s Health Policy and Administration program will provide you with a balance of business savvy, industry knowledge, and policy expertise that will prepare you to make a difference in the healthcare field. You'll study a multidisciplinary curriculum that prepares you to work as a health services manager or health analyst.
Health services managers, also called health care executives or health care administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical, health, and/or long-term care services. They might manage an entire facility or specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department, administrate a program or manage a practice for a group of providers.
Health analysts are employed throughout the health care industry gathering, compiling, modeling, validating, and analyzing data 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.
What to expect
Our HPA program prepares students for careers in the healthcare industry as well as for graduate studies in business, law, medicine or allied health fields, health administration, health services research or policy, and public health.
More than that, students gain the skills needed to join this evolving field and contribute from day one, helping to improve the health care system and overall population health.
All Health Policy and Administration students complete an internship in a health-care-related setting, giving them valuable experience and contacts in the industry. You'll graduate ready to help shape the future of health care.
You might like this program if…
- You are interested in business administration or management but want to focus primarily in the healthcare industry.
- You are interested in influencing health policy by working in government at the state or federal level.
- You are interested in improving access to health care for underserved populations.
- You are interested in reducing health care costs or improving health care quality through policy reform.