Health Policy and Administration

Health Policy and Administration helps students become leaders who successfully manage health care’s challenges.

The Health Policy and Administration program is designed to help you understand all aspects of health care. The goal of Health Policy and Administration is to help you learn how to successfully manage the challenges in the health care industry, one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States.

As a successful student in Health Policy and Administration, your career may help to shape health care delivery and quality in the United States and around the world.


Explore what Health Policy and Administration has to offer, from our outstanding undergraduate program to our many graduate degree options.

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Our Programs

Health Policy and Administration offers both undergraduate- and graduate-level programs.


With courses in the liberal arts, business administration, and health sciences, the undergraduate program in Health Policy and Administration is for students interested in the management, business, and policy aspects of health care. The specific mission of the baccalaureate program is to help students gain the knowledge, skills, and values appropriate for work in the health care industry or for graduate education in health policy, health law, health services research, public health, and other health-related fields.


The minor in Health Policy and Administration is designed to allow students to learn more about the health care system, health policy, and health administration.


The Department of Health Policy and Administration offers multiple graduate degree options, including a Master of Science (M.S.), a Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.), and a Doctoral (Ph.D.) program.


The doctoral (Ph.D.) program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing research careers in both academic and non-academic settings. The core curriculum familiarizes students with the organization and financing of health services, as well as the statistical methods required to do state-of-the-art empirical work in health policy, health administration, and related disciplines.

Master of Science

Our research-oriented Master of Science (M.S.) program trains graduates to meet the growing demand for health service researchers in government, private industry, and academia.

Master of Health Administration

Our M.H.A. program is focused on equipping you with the knowledge and capabilities you'll need to lead organizations dedicated to improving health and health care. The M.H.A. program is available through a residential program or online through Penn State World Campus.