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Students in Penn State’s Health Policy and Administration (HPA) program have a truly unique opportunity to work with world-renowned researchers and faculty members in an active research environment.

As a student, you’ll contribute greatly to our research mission while gaining firsthand experience in conducting groundbreaking research, working with participants, collecting data, conducting data analyses, publishing papers, and presenting your findings at academic conferences. Working alongside faculty mentors, you’ll apply approaches from health economics, health management, and population health to three critical areas:

  • Reducing health disparities and improving preventive and chronic care systems for vulnerable populations

  • Creating financial incentives and information for health systems improvement

  • Addressing workforce and management challenges in health care organizations

In keeping with our innovative and interdisciplinary mission in Health Policy and Administration, the research possibilities open to you are extensive and diverse. HPA faculty and graduate students collaborate on large interdisciplinary research projects working with other Penn State faculty, as well as research teams around the world through the many vibrant research centers and consortia at Penn State, including: