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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

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Maureen Dorce, ’19, a sophomore Health Services Administration student, was awarded this year’s Drexel “Rising Student Leader of the Year” honor. This award is presented to an undergraduate student considered an emerging leader, who has attended Drexel for less than two years and has exemplified a dedicated involvement and commitment to enhancing campus life.

As the current president of Drexel’s Society of Future Health Leaders student organization, and after completing the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program, Dorce has more than demonstrated she is well-deserving.

“To me, it means that a lot of hard work and the blood, sweat, and tears I’ve put into making sure this club comes together really has paid off” said Dorce. “I’m being recognized for my work, and while I think that’s great, I think that it’s really a win for the Society of Future Health Leaders as a whole.”

Only just this year, Dorce was thrust in to the role of president in a tough transitioning period for the organization, but was not deterred from making an impact. “It has really helped me grow as a leader,” said Dorce. “I have definitely had to deal with conflict and take care of a lot of high pressure situations.”

Her participation in the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program has also allowed her to get even more experience in developing her leadership abilities. “Being a part of the Society of Future Health Leaders organization and being a part of the Macy Program could not have come at a more perfect time,” said Dorce. “They have really been tailored to my skills and have helped me learn more about myself. I feel as though being a part of these programs has absolutely helped me become a better leader.”

Planning on continuing to incorporate herself in even more programs at Drexel, Dorce has a few ideas on what her immediate future will hold, already applying for an internship program at Drexel.  “Whatever I end up doing I know it will be a great experience,” said Dorce. It will most likely be in some kind of hospital setting here in Philadelphia. ”

It is clear that Dorce will have a bright future in whatever career path she may choose. Using the leadership skills that she has developed over her short time on campus, and proving to be an active member of the community she has grown to love, Dorce has definitively shown herself to be a rising leader. 

By Jacob Cushing ‘19


The upcoming BAYADA Home Health Care Speaker Series will tackle a topic as massive as the bill itself – the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA has made a number of changes to the health insurance and provider market to promote universal coverage and increased access to health care services. However, consumer response has also introduced new challenges for medical providers and health professionals, sparking debate as to the extent to which the ACA has benefited the health care system.

Jerome A. Dugan, PhD, assistant professor of Health Economics and co-principal investigator of the Health Economics Analytics Laboratory (HEAL) at Drexel University, will present “The Affordable Care Act: A Blessing or a Curse” not to convince audience members of the benefits or shortcomings of the law, but to deliver a thought-provoking examination of its history and structure to empower them to decide whether its impact on health care is a positive or a negative. With health care reform frequenting political debate and discussion, and an election in the near future, a thorough understanding of the implications of the Affordable Care Act is critical.

“I want people to learn about the ACA beyond the coverage expansions. The ACA has a lot of impact not just for consumers, but also for providers and medical workers. As a medical worker, it’s important to know what you’re walking into,” said Dugan, noting that the content of his presentation will especially resonate with recent CNHP graduates.

To truly illustrate the ACA’s impact, Dugan’s presentation will go back in time to uncover the history of health care reform as well as the history of insurance in the United States. According to Dugan, this will help audience members understand the original intention of the law. Afterward, he will review its pros and cons, calling upon current statistics and research, including his own.

Though the name of the law certainly rings positively – affordable care, after all – as it unfolded and gained nationwide momentum, health care providers and professionals began to feel the effects. “The passage of the ACA represented a huge reduction in the number of uninsured people in the United States, and a steady increase in the demand for health care services,” said Dugan. “In addition to hospitals observing an increase in the use of medical services, private practices and community clinics also report increased use as well. Thus, providers and health care workers have to deal with the challenges of seeing a higher volume of patients and ensuring that these patients receive quality care.”

Accomplishing the goal of reducing uninsured populations has its limitations, according to Dugan. “On one hand, ACA expansions have reduced the overall uninsured rate in this country. On the other hand, there still exists a number of administrative challenges that limit the ability for many vulnerable persons to affordably access health care services.”

This is just a sample of what Dugan plans to cover, but why now? The ACA was passed in 2010, but the debate about its impact rages on six years later. “The health care law was thousands of pages long when it initially passed in 2010 and has generated tens of thousands of pages of regulations since its introduction. This has introduced an increased complexity in the health care system, meaning that everyone, particularly medical workers, needs to have a personal stake in the health care system to ensure its continued success,” said Dugan. “As we move into political season, we’re hearing on both sides that we have to overhaul the existing health care law or completely remove it. More than ever, people need the context to really evaluate whether they should agree with that or not. This is a great time to examine health care law and what it’s done for the United States so far.”

RSVP to attend Dugan’s complimentary lecture on the topic on May 5, 2016. Visit our website for more information. 


“Every child, no matter how many, is special.": A testimony to the parents who raised families with many children, by Stephen Gambescia, PhD, clinical professor in the Department of Health Administration, was published on March 5.
Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, was invited to join the Editorial Review Boards of Arts in Psychotherapy, Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal, Urban Review and Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.
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