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Graduate programs in Health Policy and Administration

Penn State’s graduate programs in Health Policy and Administration (HPA) provide a solid foundation for students who want to profoundly shape health policy, make vital future changes to global health-related organizations, and successfully navigate our increasingly complex health care environment — including managing the facilities, services, programs, staff, and budgets that providers rely on.

HPA offers two flexible graduate programs

The esteemed faculty members in both programs train graduates to meet the fast-growing demand for health care administrators that play crucial roles in today’s hospitals, health systems, and related organizations, as well as policymakers and health service researchers in government, private industry, and academia. Synergies among our diverse degree programs provide the foundation for our ever-growing curriculum, outreach programs, and a body of cutting-edge research that often receives recognition on a national stage.

Charleen Hsuan
Research Spotlight
Promoting equity in emergency medicine

Charleen Hsuan, assistant professor of health policy and administration, led a team of researchers who studied more than 1.2 million emergency department transfers in Florida to understand whether individuals from different ethnic and racial groups were treated equitably. Their results found that race and ethnicity were a factor in who was more likely to be transferred to a public hospital.