Students can earn two degrees in five years in Health Policy and Administration

Jessica Haasz
November 24, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Through its Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Master of Health Administration program (IUG BS/MHA), students in the Health Policy and Administration undergraduate major are able to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years.

Students who successfully complete this integrated program earn a bachelor of science degree in health policy and administration (HPA) and a master of health administration (MHA) in five years of study.

“Through our IUG BS/MHA, students are provided multiple opportunities to deepen their knowledge of the field, engage in applied work through a local physician practice, national case competitions, residency and capstone projects, and expand their network of professional connections through alumni mentors, peer mentors, faculty advisers and more. Completing the program accelerates our students’ career growth and job prospects,” said Chris Calkins, executive director of both the residential and online Master of Health Administration programs at Penn State.

The program, which combines bachelor’s- and master’s-level classes in the fourth year of study, seeks applicants who are looking to challenge themselves, build their skills and competencies, and make a transformative difference in health services organizations.

In this unique, multidisciplinary program, students receive instruction from outstanding faculty members who have excellent academic training and industry experience.

By reducing the time it takes to earn two degrees, students maximize financial investment in their education, all while learning to tackle the most pressing issues in any health care environment.

“The program builds a student’s professional maturity through hands-on experience and leadership opportunities,” said Hannah Ross, graduate of the IUG BS/MHA program. “For current or prospective HPA students who are looking to challenge themselves and to grow as young professionals, the integrated program offers an accelerated path to becoming a health care leader.

"Potential employers and professional contacts were consistently impressed with my enrollment as an BS/MHA student because it proved my dedication to hard work, continuous learning and my desire to make a difference in health care,” added Ross.

Students interested in the IUG BS/MHA program are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to discuss admissions requirements and their academic plan as early as possible when considering the program. Qualified HPA students apply during their junior year, must have successfully completed 60 credits, and are required to meet the minimum GPA standard set by the Department of Health Policy and Administration. The deadline to apply for the program is Jan. 15.

Learn more about the Integrated Undergraduate Graduate Program in Health Policy and Administration, or contact the program at 814-865-0631.

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Last Updated November 25, 2020