This major helps prepare students for management and policy positions or graduate study in the field of health care. Students in the major develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand the complex societal problem of providing access to quality health care at reasonable cost.
In general, HPA students are prepared to work in six types of health care organizations including:
- Health care providers (hospitals, physician practices, nursing facilities, home health agencies, etc.)
- Health insurers (nonprofit and commercial insurers, health maintenance organizations, etc.)
- Health care consulting firms
- Health care supply companies (pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, etc.)
- Health services research and policy organizations (health policy research groups, industry trade groups, etc.)
- Local, state, and federal health agencies (local health departments, state Department of Health, federal Department of Health and Human Services, etc.)
The HPA program prepares students for graduate study in business, law, medicine or allied health fields, health administration, health services research or policy, and public health.