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Health Policy and Administration Graduate Fights Healthcare Fraud

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — Patrick Spurlock, a 2019 graduate in health policy and administration from the College of Health and Human Development, has followed a unique path during his undergraduate career.

“When I started my undergraduate studies, I was enrolled as a criminology major. My heart was set on getting a degree that would lead me to a role as a government investigator after college.

After completing his first semester as a criminology student, Spurlock began researching majors to pursue at Penn State, where he came across health policy and administration (HPA).

“I always wanted to work in government, but after taking various courses at Penn State, I wanted to focus specifically on healthcare fraud to combine my two interests – healthcare and criminal justice.

After taking his first HPA course, he knew he wanted to earn a degree that would help him land a career path in healthcare fraud.

Spurlock landed an internship in the federal government while completing his bachelor’s degree and received a full-time job offer after graduation, first as an executive assistant and then as a business analyst – its current role today.

He found that not only the classes, but also the professors in the department, helped pave the way for his career at Penn State.

“During my time at Penn State, Professors Spokus, Thul, and Daley coached me to become the person I am today. Each of them taught me valuable lessons that helped me deepen my thinking as a student and in my career.”

“Every HPA professor has challenged me to think outside the box on how I can make healthcare a better place.”

While students in the major often pursue roles in hospital administration, politics, and consulting, Spurlock took the opportunity to combine his personal interests and educational experiences to tailor his learning to his individual career path.

“The Health Policy and Administration program offers students the opportunity to create a path of their own choosing. It is one of the most challenging and rewarding programs that teaches you all about health care, management, and business. Students can chart their course by splitting into any course they choose,” Spurlock said.

“The classes are challenging, but the professors provide you with the knowledge you need to succeed in the job market and challenge you to think about how you can improve the healthcare industry.”

Spurlock will speak to students this fall on Wednesday, September 7, at a lunch and learn from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 108 Wartik, which is open to all interested students.

Students can also chat with him at the HPA Undergraduate Open House from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Health and Human Development Building on September 7.

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