21 months
43260 USD/year
43260 USD/year
26062 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The graduate degrees in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at Pennsylvania State University focus on management, policy, and research in health services, with particular attention to the recurrent problems of cost, quality, and access to health services.


The professional Master of Health Policy and Administration (M.H.A.) program at Pennsylvania State University prepares students for the complexities they will face in managing organizations that plan, finance and deliver health care. The curriculum emphasizes strategic decision-making, financial management, communication and detailed aspects of the U.S. health care system. These include health law, epidemiology, health insurance, government health-financing programs, ethics, managed care, long-term care, health care technology, marketing, and strategic planning for health services.

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate a thorough understanding of the financing, organization, and delivery of health services, along with appropriate research methods.
  • Graduates will master the current literature on health policy, health administration, and related topics.
  • Graduates will complete an independent research project that significantly furthers knowledge in the field.
  • Graduates will be able to effectively communicate arguments and ideas in oral presentations and written works.
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of professional standards in health policy and administration.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Health Services Organizational Behavior
  • Design and Evaluation of Prevention and Health Promotion Programs Across the Life Span
  • Health Services Financing and Policy
  • Research Seminar on Health Services Financing and Policy
  • Basic Analytic Methods for Health Services Research
  • Research Seminar on Health Services Organization and Delivery
  • Managerial Epidemiology
  • Management of Health Services Organizations
  • Health and Health Services Across the Life Course
  • Health Disparities
  • Managing Healthcare Operations
  • Health Data Analysis for Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months
  • Part-time
    • 28 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with a final deadline of April 1.


49 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • GRE scores are not required for admission.
  • A junior/senior grade-point average of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale), a relevant personal statement and three letters of recommendation are necessary.
  • Some work experience in health care is preferred, but not required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    43260 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 43260 USD per year during 21 months.
  • National

    43260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 43260 USD per year during 21 months.
  • In-State

    26062 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26062 USD per year during 21 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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