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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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Students in the Health Administration Department are gaining a professional edge thanks to a curriculum that prepares them to become health care leaders that embrace diversity, both in the workforce and in the patient population.
Michelle Sahl, PhD, associate professor and associate director of student professional development in the Health Administration Department said, “We teach about diversity throughout our program for students who are going to become health care managers and leaders. Our students learn how to work with a diverse workforce, and to understand how different cultures within an organization require new ways of thinking, leading, and succeeding.”  Health Administration courses focus on diversity, world cultures and vulnerable populations that reflect today‘s patients and consumers who come from diverse backgrounds.  We see diversity as something to promote, but also as something that’s inherent to the entire health care sector.
As part of building this caliber of professionalism and an awareness of the impact of working successfully across a broad scope of people, health administration students are encouraged to join professional organizations that grow health care leaders of the future. Sahl points students in the direction of three primary organizations.  The Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley (HLNDV), which is a health care management and administration organization operating under the umbrella of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) are two. Both national organizations have local chapters that have strong working relationships with respective Drexel student organizations. 
The third organization that supports this goal of professional preparedness is the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) – with strong local and national chapters.  NAHSE supports the development of African American health care executives, though membership is not limited to just one group. “In fact,” said Sahl, “students that attend their programs do so from a wide range of backgrounds, including Asian, Indian and Hispanic students as well. One of the officers of the local chapter has taught several of our Health Administration courses and encourages students to get involved in networking and professional development activities.”
Finding role models who represent  ’real world‘ examples for their own potential career path is also critical to professional development.  Many students, not just those from diverse backgrounds, don’t have role models or mentors they can turn to. Linking students with organizations that can offer these models will allow them to imporve their ability to develop important professional skills – time management, organization, public speaking, and networking. Some students don’t have those role models in their own background to get a sense of how to present themselves in the workforce,” said Sahl.
Graduates of the Health Administration program go on to become savvy health care managers who can work with coworkers and treat patients with a keen sense of cultural awareness, sensitivity and understanding.


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.

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