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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).


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This fall, David Flood, PhD, professor in the Health Administration Department, is teaching Health and Illness in Film. The course, which focuses on how health care is portrayed in films, gives students an opportunity to analyze the portrayal of a variety of health care topics that appear in them.

In addition to covering basic concepts of film analysis, which they will apply to the films covered in class, students will learn to recognize how films try to persuade viewers to perceive health care topics in a certain manner. 

Flood explained the importance of being able to analyze films, “Some of us are health care workers; each of us is a potential patient. In addition, we all are or will be paying to support our country's vast network of health care and so would benefit from being better informed and better equipped to recognize how our views are being shaped.” He also believes that health care workers can benefit from this course because the films will give them a better understanding of how patients see health care professionals. 

Each week a new film will be featured and discussed in class. Some of the films Flood plans on discussing will be Contagion, The Doctor, and Still Alice -- all of which deal with illnesses, diseases and patient care. Contagion focuses on how doctors try to contain a deadly disease and how society reacts when a global pandemic explodes; The Doctor focuses on an emotionally disconnected surgeon who is diagnosed with a deadly tumor and starts to understand the importance of compassion for patients; and Still Alice follows the struggles of a woman who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and the affect it has on her family.    

The course will be offered quarterly and will alternate between online and classroom formats. Anyone who has completed their freshman English requirements, or equivalent in transfer credits, is eligible to enroll. 

If you are interested in this course, be sure to check out Health care & the Media and Mental Illness in the Media & the Arts, which can both be found under Health Services Administration (HSAD).The Health care & the Media course will focus on the physical aspects of illness, healing, and those involved in care and will touch upon all types of media – television, Internet, film, nooks, newspapers, among others. The Mental Illness in the Media & the Arts course will focus on how mental illness is represented.  


Saturday, July 25, marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the strongest civil rights law for disabled people in the U.S. Retired Senator, Tom Harkin, the primary author of the ADA, partook in the celebration as did many leaders of advocacy groups and Joseph Stramondo, PhD, assistant teaching professor in the Health Administration Department.

“It was a really joyful day -- a lot of activists gathered here, in Philadelphia, who were around when the ADA was first passed. It was a great opportunity for people to learn what else is going on in the city as far as disability activism goes, whether calling for more protections or advocating for Philadelphia-specific measures, like accessible taxies,” said Stramondo.

Stramondo, who identifies as a disabled person himself, has a personal interest in the law that has made a huge impact on his life. “The law was important to my personal life, but also to society and to Drexel,” he said. We are a major institution within Philadelphia that is certainly aware of the ADA, and in my experience, Drexel does a really good job of accommodating disabilities. I felt it was worthwhile to be there as a representative of the University and also as a person who has directly benefited from the law’s passing.”

According to Stramondo, the ADA was a major step in regarding disability as a civil rights issue, rather than merely as a medical problem. “It was a paradigm shift in how society in general regarded disability. It opened up a lot of opportunities for disabled people that they otherwise wouldn’t have had in terms of protections against overt discrimination, but also offered remedy for institutionalized discrimination. Usually how the social environment is constructed in exclusionary ways.”

Post-ADA’s passing, improvements such as kneeling buses with ramps to increase access to public transportation, public buildings with accessible space and reasonable accommodations in employment settings for people with invisible disabilities became mainstays. 

Though the celebration highlighted the significant progress for Americans with disabilities, there is more to be done.  “One thing the ADA has not done but needs to happen for disabled people to reach their full potential, or for a broader range of disabled people to reach their full potential, would be to address Institutional Bias.” Institutional Bias means that any state that receives federal dollars for Medicaid must provide nursing home services, but community based services are optional. According to Stramondo, that is the next big step for the ADA, and something society as a whole needs to look at more closely.



August is when schools across the country start official football practices. Parents and coaches will pray that no player drops dead from heat exhaustion. That’s a rare event, and precautions have been taken to prevent it, which is good. But truth be told, parents need to hold their breath through every play of the season, as American football – by its design and the way it is played – poses a high risk of injury to young people.

Football, from the first kickoff to the final whistle, involves bone-breaking, ligament-twisting, head-knocking action. Players on both sides line up head-to-head. Defensemen often tackle using their heads, and the ball carriers, as last-ditch efforts, buck with their heads to avoid a tackle or gain an extra yard.

All sports have some degree of risk of bodily injury. However, the nature and extent of bodily harm due to youths playing football is perverse.

In 2013, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released a report by an expert committee reviewing the science of sports-related concussions in youths. While the committee pointed out the lack of highly reliable or centralized data concerning the overall incidence of sports-related concussions among young people, there were enough reports reviewed that showed concussions are on the rise and that football is a leading cause.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 2.7 million youths under 20 were treated for sports and recreation injuries from 2001 to 2009. During this period, emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries among children under 19 rose 62 percent.

Because of the risks involved, board members and officials of elementary and high schools should seriously consider not sponsoring football. 

There is no question that this is a radical idea and would be a major social and economic change for schools and communities.

Football at all levels of play is unequivocally part of American culture. We invest a lot of time, attention, emotion and money in the game. 

Most can relate to the exuberance that winning football teams bring for players and spectators. Many have had a Remember the Titans experience, recalling the 2000 film about a Virginia high school team. And less-than-stellar players can dream about being the next Rudy, the star of another gridiron film. Our most red, white and blue holiday, Thanksgiving, is spiced with football. So calling for the removal of football in schools will most likely be viewed as un-American.

At a time when we are fighting against our children becoming overweight and wanting them to get more exercise, why pull the plug on a youth sport that many of them play? At a time when “grit” is identified as a healthy characteristic for college and workplace success, why pull the sport off the list of options?

Maybe it is time to think of football, especially at the scholastic level, not only with such terms of endearment. Maybe it is time to think about scholastic football in terms of what benefits and risks it holds for young people on balance and in the long run. 

It may not be well known, but the American Public Health Association, along with several major medical associations, called for a ban on boxing at all levels as early as 1985. In its policy statement, the association said boxing is inherently dangerous and, by design, puts players at risk of harm. In addition, it said that the litany of rule changes, equipment tweaking, and “better surveillance of harm” proposed by apologists hoping to reform the sport would lessen but not eliminate the risk of injury. And it noted that there are ample alternatives that provide any of the benefits that boxing provides.

The same arguments can be applied to American football. While progress has been made through coaching players not to use their heads directly in plays, the fact is that the head is almost always in harm’s way; there is no rule change that can make the head incidental.

We should question why we expend so much time, money and energy on an enterprise that invariably sacrifices so many young minds, bodies and sometimes spirits. It is time for school leaders and parents to seriously consider getting our children off the gridiron.

This op-ed originally ran on (August 11).

Photo credit: Dan Lindsay, The Weinstein Company

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