Health Policy & Administration
Thank you for your interest in the WSU Health Policy & Administration graduate program in Spokane, Washington. The 55-credit-hour curriculum offers a strong focus on the financial and policy aspects of health care—in fact, the program’s comprehensive coverage of health care accounting and finance has earned it national recognition.
In the Health Policy and Administration (HPA) program at WSU, you will learn from distinguished faculty with expertise in many aspects of health care management, including:
|comparative analysis of international health systems||health care management in rural settings|
|disability and aging services||decision science|
|decision science||long-term care policy
As part of a small, tightly knit cohort, you’ll share classrooms and exchange ideas with fellow students from all over the country and around the world- with a significant portion of each cohort consisting of international students. The varied composition of the student body combined with the intimate atmosphere of the program provides excellent opportunities for building professional networks as well as lifelong friendships.
Full-time students typically complete the program in two years, enrolling in 12 to 18 credit hours per semester. Classes are held late afternoons and early evenings for the convenience of working professionals, who are given up to six years to complete the program. A required internship provides the opportunity to gain leadership experience and make professional contacts, but those with extensive managerial experience in health care may petition for a full or partial waiver of the requirement.
Students are encouraged to attend several health administration conferences including ACHE Congress, Rural Health Conference, and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). These conferences are an ideal setting to network with professionals. Scholarships are often available to help offset cost of attendance.
Additional Program Highlights
- In-state tuition rates are available to residents of the 15 western states that are members of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
- Students attending part-time are given up to six years to complete their master’s degree.
- The HPA placement rate for graduates since 2008 has been 97% within three months of graduation.
- A 13-person Advisory Board, composed of healthcare executives, connects students to the local industry. Students are invited to meet with members of the Advisory Board three times each academic year.
- Alumni events provide students with the opportunity to network with graduates of the program.
- The HPA Association of Healthcare Students plans and hosts networking, training, and informational seminars for students all year long.
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Phase I Classroom Building 133
Office: Phase 1 Building 137
Second year student Amardeep Nagra talks about the quality of the HPA program. (2:00)
Second year student Dane Lawson talks about the different HPA program elements. (2:02)
Second year student Jennifer Seelig talks about her plans after graduation. (2:02)
Second year student Jonathan Lyons talks about how the program prepares students for careers in the health care field. (1:58)
Where are They Now?
Check out where some of our recent program graduates (as of December 2012) have landed jobs:
Administrative Fellow, Tacoma General Hospital, Tacoma, Wash.
Financial Analyst, Providence Health and Services, Spokane, Wash.
Performance Improvement Manager, Emmi Solutions,
Clinical Operations Analyst, Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi
Business Analyst, HealthPoint CHC, Renton, Wash.
Compliance Auditor, Partnership HealthPlan of California
Administrator in Training, The EnSign Group, Boise, Idaho
Director of Quality, Community Health Association of Spokane, Spokane, Wash.