The Department of Health Policy and Administration at Penn State
Interested in health management, health policy, or health services research? The Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA) at Penn State prepares students to be the health care leaders of tomorrow.
Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.)
- Our undergraduate program develops graduates with the knowledge, skills, and values appropriate for beginning a career in health management or health policy or for graduate education in public health, health policy, health law, health services research, and other health-related and clinical fields.
- Our Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) degree prepares students for the complexities they will face in health services management, one of the fastest growing management occupations. The M.H.A. program is available via resident and online instruction options.
- Our Ph.D. program develops intellectual leaders who will produce important new insights through research on health policy, health care organizations, and population health.
MHA program earns seven-year accreditation
The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) announced on Nov. 12 the seven-year accreditation of the Penn State Master of Health Administration program in the Department of Health Policy and Administration. CAHME reviewers performed their site visit of the program during the past spring semester. Read more about the MHA program's accreditation.
U.S. citizenship increases women's odds of receiving mammograms, cancer tests
Citizenship, particularly for non-U.S. natives, largely determines a woman's odds of having a mammogram and being screened for cervical and colorectal cancer, according to researchers at Penn State. Read more about citizenship's effect on receiving mammogram and cancer tests.
Deirdre McCaughey publishes book chapter, gives keynote address
Deirdre McCaughey, assistant professor of health policy and administration at Penn State, has co-authored a chapter in the book "Advances in Health Care Management," published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited in August. The chapter, titled "Safety Leadership: Extending Workplace Safety Climate Best Practices Across Health Care Workforces," examines the relationship between safety leadership and hospital injury rates. Read more about Deirdre McCaughey and the book chapter in Advances in Health Care Management.
Tyler Towers and Jonathan Clark earn Academy of Management ‘best paper’ honors
A study by Tyler Towers, a recent doctoral graduate from Penn State’s Department of Health Policy and Administration, and Jonathan Clark, assistant professor, has been judged by reviewers to be among the best papers accepted for inclusion in the 2013 Academy of Management annual meeting. Read more about Towers's and Clark's 'best paper' award.
HPA graduate student earns "Best Student Poster" at AcademyHealth
The Container Store, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Apple Computers are considered empathetic organizations based on their ability to understand and sometimes predict the needs of their satisfied customers. With this in mind, health care organizations can also strive to become more empathetic toward their customers: the patients, explains Geoffrey Silvera, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at Penn State.
Silvera and his poster highlighting his recent research were recently honored at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting (ARM) in Baltimore. Titled “Empathy Revealed,” Silvera’s poster earned “Best Student Poster” accolades. Read more about Geoffrey Silvera earning "Best Student Poster" at AcademyHealth.
HPA announces search for department head
Review the department head search announcement.
Department of Health Policy and Administration
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