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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 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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There are only a handful of people in this world who can work through multiple jobs, be unemployed for nine months, take care of three children, work full-time and also attend classes at night to get a bachelor’s degree-all while having a smile on their face. Such a person is Susan Feinstein, an alumna from Drexel’s Health Services Administration program who also happens to work for the department as the administrative coordinator.

Feinstein has had quite a journey throughout her life. She graduated high school but did not plan to go to college. From 1975 to 1995, she took up a job at Drexel University and worked her way up for 20 years. She then decided to try the Hotel and Restaurant business. She sacrificed her vacation time in order to attend those classes while still working full-time. In 1995, she left and got a position at a healthcare clinic. With no healthcare background, she learned the entire business from the ground up. She ended up staying in the practice for 15 years, after which she decided to take the next step and pursue the director position of the group clinic. Unfortunately, with no bachelor’s degree, she was unable to secure that position. As a result, she decided to go back to Drexel to achieve her Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration.

“I had kids to take care of and bills to pay, but everything worked out. I learned everything from experience and my online courses helped me in my job and to cope with my staff,” said Feinstein. Feinstein accounts her success and ability to accomplish several tasks at once to time management. “The only thing that got me through all this was time management and knowing when and how to study,” explained Feinstein.

As far as advice goes, Feinstein truly believes that education leads to success. “You’re never too old to get a degree.”

Throughout her journey and struggles, Feinstein finds reward in helping current students at the College. “I love helping students and setting them on track to meet their goals” elaborated Feinstein. Feinstein continues to assist current students by showcasing her experience and that anything is possible.


Freddy PerezEstablished at the College of Nursing and Health Professions in 2011 by Roberta Waite, PhD, an associate professor and the Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs, the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Program is designed to teach students how to be leaders, work as a team, make an impact, and to be culturally sensitive. The Program helped Perez define his passion, and he hopes to use his experience to act as a catalyst for change.

Perez’s journey began with a term paper on the Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization Puentes de Salud. While investigating the organization for his paper, Perez was able to learn more about the organization’s mission, structure, and impact.

Since 2003, Puentes de Salud has been offering preventative healthcare screenings, dental services, and educational programs to help the growing Latino community in South Philadelphia. A minority group which has been relatively underrepresented, the Latino community there now has access to healthcare services through Puentes de Salud. As a Mexican American, the organization’s mission has had an effect on Perez personally.

“My dream is to ultimately open up a healthcare clinic for undocumented Latinos in my parents’ hometown in Mexico and in my hometown of Passaic, New Jersey,” explained Perez. “Many of the Latino people are undocumented from where I come from and they don’t have health insurance or money to access basic healthcare.” Using the mission of Puentes de Salud as inspiration, Perez is hoping to establish a similar nonprofit to help those in his current and native communities.

The Macy Program introduced Perez to Steve Larson, MD, co-founder of Puentes de Salud and professor of Emergency Medicine at the nearby Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “Dr. Larson taught me the whole history of the organization and how it all began,” said Perez. Perez will have an opportunity to work hands-on with the organization, helping to deliver screenings, diabetes prevention, taking vitals, providing preventative care, and delivering educational resources and dental services to the South Philadelphia Latino community. He will also use his fluency in Spanish to offer better communication between providers and members of the Latino community.

For Perez, helping the people of Mexico is his ultimate drive. Using his knowledge gained from the Health Services Administration and Macy Programs, and from his experiences at Puentes de Salud, making his dream a reality is very much a possibility. “In Latin American countries, many don’t have any access to hospitals so they really need to rely on small scale clinics that are typically run on little funding, few resources, and volunteers. Setting up a clinic there would really help those people,” elaborated Perez.

“This was all generated by the opportunities I had in the Macy Program, which served as an outlet for learning different opinions and views in healthcare. The program helped me set a path because everyone who was in the program had different goals and dreams. Some students wanted to work with LGBTQ populations and others had different objectives. Mine was to help people access healthcare in my community,” he ended.

Perez recommends that students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions apply for the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Program. “It is unfortunate that not everyone can be in the program because it really is a unique opportunity for students,” said Perez. “These are people who are all working for a common goal and will all have an impact in healthcare one day.”

by Niket Subhedar '14


Katherine Anselmi, PhD, an associate clinical professor of Nursing and Assistant Dean of Accreditation/Regulatory Affairs and Online Innovation, along with Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow (AS ‘81), and Stephen Gambescia, PhD, a clinical professor in the Health Administration Department, collaborated to publish an article, “Using a Nursing Student Conduct Committee to Foster Professionalism Among Nursing Students” in the September issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing. Publishing in this journal is particularly competitive and challenging.

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