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Make your mark with a degree that will grow in demand as the healthcare field grows and expands. At Drexel, health care knowledge meets real-world health challenges in the classroom and beyond.

Health Administration Department

The Health Administration Department offers programs for you to seek employment in administrative or managerial positions in the ever-expanding health care sector. Graduates from our programs go on to work in hospitals, clinics, managed-care companies, health-insurance companies, law, and health-marketing firms.

Our dedicated and highly-qualified faculty have extensive training and professional experience in their specialty areas.

Our students can choose to complete their Health Administration education with in-class (daytime and evening) courses, online courses, and Saturday courses. This flexibility makes it possible for working professionals to complete a Bachelor of Science degree completely with online courses or completely with Saturday courses.

The HSAD program has initiated a new accelerated, dual-degree 3+2 BS/MPH program with the Dornsife School of Public Health of Drexel University. Qualified students will be able to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration and a Master of Public Health degree in only five years. The HSAD program is an Associate Member of the Association of Undergraduate Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).


Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration
If you have an interest in management, health services administration will prepare you for a variety of settings.

Minor in Health Services Administration

Master of Health Administration 
The MHA program is designed to provide students with essential knowledge required for senior managerial and planning work within the health services and systems sectors.

Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program—Undergraduate
Begin or enhance your career with this online option in medical billing and coding.

Two Accelerated Track Options:

Health Services Administration/Law - BS/JD Dual-Degree Program

Health Services Administration/Public Health - BS/MPH Dual-Degree Program

Health Administration Faculty

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It’s been less than one year since Mahmoud Shurbaji graduated from the Health Services Administration program and he’s already putting his degree to good use. He’s also realized the value of a Drexel education, and the benefits of earning a degree focused on health care and business.

“I knew I wanted to help patients and improve care, but I was also interested in business,” said Shurbaji, reflecting on why he chose the Health Services Administration program over more clinically-focused programs. Shurbaji is currently working as an analyst at IMA Consulting, a professional services firm that helps health care organizations address complex issues. Working at IMA Consulting has enabled Shurbaji to help consumers and providers alike.

“It’s been a great experience so far,” said Shurbaji. “I get to be creative and analytical, and work with leaders who have 20+ years of experience at the intersection of health care and business.”

One of the reasons Shurbaji is having such a positive post-graduate experience, aside from his outgoing personality and resilient determination, is the fact that he felt incredibly prepared to enter the workforce.

“I feel like I have a leg up on some of my colleagues since I’m very familiar with the health care landscape,” said Shurbaji. “I understand the financial constraints and myriad variables that organizations like hospitals face on a daily basis.” Shurbaji attributes his understanding of the health care industry to the curriculum, faculty and classmates he encountered during his time at Drexel.

One of the most meaningful experiences he had while at Drexel was the relationships he built with two faculty members –Michelle Sahl, PhD, and Spencer Ward, PhD. Through Sahl’s and Ward’s mentorships, Shurbaji was able to learn from their professional and academic experiences and help shape his post-graduate trajectory. He also noted that Sahl and Ward, in addition to the rest of the Health Services Administration department, were excellent professors.

“They really understand the health care industry and are willing to go above and beyond to help you with anything you need,” said Shurbaji. “You can tell that they love teaching and helping students and want you to learn from their own professional experiences.”

Beyond mentorships, Shurbaji says that the Health Services Administration program exposed him to all facets of health care – bringing humanity to an otherwise profit-driven industry. He believes that Drexel embodied this ethos so much so that he applies the same perspective to the work he’s doing now.

It’s not surprising that Shurbaji is applying the skills learned in the Health Services Administration program in real life. In fact, Shurbaji has always been one to take advantage of and capitalize on the opportunities presented to him.

During his tenure at Drexel, Shurbaji served as President of the Undergraduate Student Government Association, interned at Jefferson Hospital, completed a marketing and communications co-op at Drexel and was a building manager and fitness instructor at Drexel’s Recreation Center. An Oklahoma native and firm believer in campus engagement, Shurbaji received numerous awards recognizing his involvement with and commitment to enhancing the student experience.

“There are a ton of opportunities at Drexel,” said Shurbaji, “but you have to be willing to take advantage of them.”

To learn more about Drexel’s undergraduate Health Services Administration program, please contact Tom Grabiak at or 215.762.4092.


In December, Stephen Gambescia, PhD, clinical professor in the Health Administration Department, was selected as the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) 2016 Distinguished Fellow. The organization notes that this is the “highest honor that SOPHE bestows upon its most highly regarded members.”
Gambescia’s nomination was reviewed by a panel of SOPHE members, who then forwarded recommendations to SOHPE’s Executive Committee. The Executive Committee awarded Gambescia with this honor based on his significant and lasting contributions to the field of health education.
“In reflecting on my career trajectory, I can see that I have been fortunate to work with some exceptional people and on some very meaningful areas to improve the health of the public,” Gambescia noted. “Drexel and our college [CNHP] provide a rich environment to allow faculty to pursue many areas of interest; not only the teaching, but research and practice. We can do this in such an organic way. It is nice to be recognized by a leading organization in public health education, “he said. 
Gambescia will receive his award among an audience of colleagues at SOPHE’s 67th Annual Meeting Awards Gala in March at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, NC. 


Nancy Gerber, PhD, director of the PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies, and Victoria Scotti, PhD candidate, presented their paper entitled "An Arts-Based Research Exploration of Intersubjective Landscapes: Veiling and Unveiling" at the European Consortium of Arts Therapies Educators (ECArTE) Conference in Palermo, Sicily (September 16-19, 2015). 
A November 12 press release from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) announced the NEA Military Healing Arts Partnership supports the integrated health care model, in which creative arts therapists collaborate closely with a diverse team of health care professionals (such as physicians, neurologists, nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, and others) to share information and advance patient healing. A research collaboration – led by Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant professor, PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies; Joke Bradt, PhD, associate professor; research coordinator, Adele Gonzaga; and graduate research assistants, Kate Myers-Coffman and Bronwen Landless – was mentioned.
Assistant clinical professor, Beth Desaretz Chiatti, PhD, presented her poster “Health Care Beliefs and Practices of Ethiopian Immigrants in an Urban U.S. Community” at the Drexel Africa Poster Fair and Reception on Thursday, October 22.
Michele Rattigan, MA, clinical assistant professor of the Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling program, and Girija Kaimal, PhD, assistant professor in the Creative Arts Therapies PhD program, presented a workshop on November 8th in New York City at the Expressive Therapies Summit.  Their didactic presentation, “Creativity, Community, and Self-Care” was well-attended by professionals from creative arts therapies, counseling, and social work seeking to introduce self-care practices and wellness models into their places of employment.  
Yasmine Awais, MAAT, interim director of Art Therapy & Counseling presented the closing keynote entitled “Embracing Difference: Culture and the Therapeutic Relationship in Art Therapy” for the Illinois Art Therapy Association’s 35th annual conference, The Contemporary Landscape of Art Therapy. Over 150 attendees were present at this conference held at the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago, IL. 
Seth Laucks ‘15,  a music therapist at St. Ignatius Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and alumnus of the Music Therapy & Counseling program, is profiled in a short film, “Restorative Rhythms” by Dr. Dave Reiss. The award-winning video, which also features Music Therapy program director Flossie Ierardi, MM, and Music Therapy faculty member Paul Nolan, PhD, describes the powerful positive effects of music and music therapy.
This fall, the Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling program welcomed Satwika Rahapsari of Indonesia, who is here studying Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling on a Fulbright scholarship. 
All three MS Human Nutrition students who applied for a dietetic internship were matched. They are: Meredith Binder (University of Houston), Danielle Ingerman (Sodexo) and Tara Pellechia (Sodexo).
Several students form the College of Nursing and Health Professions presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (MARC-ACSM) Conference, including Abigail Duffine Gilman ‘12 (PhD candidate in Nutrition Sciences), Brianna Higgins and Emily Werner (both MS students in Nutrition Sciences) and Christen Mendonca and Jillian Hawkins (both PhD students in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences).
Marcus Scarfo and Spencer Killian, both second-year students in the Master of Arts in Art Therapy & Counseling program recently received awards for their achievements in the program. Scarfo was the 2015 recipient of the Ronald E. Hays and Nancy Scheller Hays Art Therapy Endowment Fund Award, which supports students in the Art Therapy Master’s program. Killian received the Jungian Art Therapy Award, sponsored by Dr. Betty Hartzell, who teaches Jungian Psychology for Art Therapists. This award recognizes a student who has completed the course (currently offered in the Spring Quarter of the first year of the MA program) and has integrated these concepts and theory in their personal and/or clinical life.  
All 27 students in the Adult Gero Acute Care NP cohort for 2014-15 achieved a 100% pass rate for their national certification. 
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 2014-15 cohort have all completed their national boards at a 100% pass rate. 
Samira Islam, a student in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program, was awarded a prestigious Administrative Fellowship at Geisinger Health System.  The Fellowship – of which there are few of a similar nature nationally – “is designed to be a two-year leadership experience with the opportunity to apply specific graduate study principles in the practical work setting of a fully integrated health care delivery system.” 
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