HPA students must complete a total of 50 semester hours. This includes 40 credits of introductory, core, and capstone courses; one elective credit; three credits of internship; and three credits for a graduate project or five credits for a thesis.
The Program facilitates both full- and part-time participation. The time required for completion of the program will vary for each student, depending on course load. The minimum for a full-time student is likely to be two years. Part-time students will require additional time depending upon the intensity of study. Most courses are scheduled beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, in the Academic Center.
According to the WSU Graduate School, “The time limit for use of graduate credit toward a master’s degree is six years from the beginning date of the earliest course applied toward the degree.”
Through the core courses, students develop basic understanding and experience in managing health care systems in the context of enhancing community health status. A multidisciplinary systems perspective helps students develop knowledge and skills in communication, ethics, interpersonal relations, team-building, management, and delivery of cost-effective health care.
Internships, fellowships, research assistantships, and special projects enhance the experience of HPA students. Flexible, individualized programs are suitable to a variety of career goals.