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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).

Programs

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.

Accelerated Track Option:

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

Health Administration Faculty

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01/10/18

Anyone who's phoned the Community Wellness HUB at the Dornsife Center has likely spoken with Maeve Malloy, the unfailingly cheerful Americorps VISTA who runs the front office. Malloy manages the resident interface at the HUB, setting the tone for this supportive and warm place, and she manages the team of talented and caring students who power the HUB's outreach and programming functions and who make sure that participants, patients, and clients feel welcome.

Community Wellness HUB students Linday Martinez and Maeve MalloyMalloy recently graduated from Bryn Mawr College and says of her VISTA posting, "I really wanted a post-graduation experience in a nonprofit setting that would give me experience in multiple healthcare realms like research, community engagement, and program development." Her undergraduate degree is in psych ology with a minor in health studies, and she is currently applying to graduate schools for clinical social work. "I’d like to be an LCSW and work in Philadelphia. I’m really interested in maternal health, and mood disorders in pregnant and parenting women. The intersections of maternal health and wellbeing are interesting to me."

Christma Guilloux is a senior at Temple University studying public health. His role at the HUB is in outreach, "talking to neighbors, hearing them out, and letting them know about the HUB and the services we provide." Guilloux supports programming too, noting that he's managed the senior bingo events, using the opportunity to connect with participants and listening to their ideas about community health services. His career aspirations after the HUB? "My goal is to go back home to Haiti and design a program for people who don't have homes, or money for food, to create supports for people who don't have much. I want to first work with nonprofits to learn as much as I can, and then develop my own organization."

Ryan Kirker is a Drexel student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, studying to become a physician's assistant in the dual bachelors-masters degree program. "Initially I was a volunteer with We're Here Because We Care and then I worked on getting some of the data we needed to build the HUB, made flyers, and helped create programming. Now I'm working the front desk - making calls and confirming appointments, checking people in, and also starting to re-engage with our other We're Here Because We Care volunteers to check back in with what residents want in terms of health supports and to better plan strategies." Kirker is part of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement's team of Drexel Community Scholars, student leaders who specialize in mobilizing participants in service settings.

Community Wellness HUB students Sidney Ortiz, Christma Guilloux, Tom Ferrier and Ryan KirkerA Drexel freshman in biomedical engineering, Sidney Ortiz comes to the HUB as a work-study student. "I want to get into biomechanics: prosthetics and pacemakers and tools like that. Some of the people closest to me have had them. My mom got a pacemaker when I was in middle school, and my grandma got a hip replacement. I thought it was really cool.” She's in school to learn how to design these life-saving tools herself. Sidney supports the HUB's general operations, helping the front office hum along smoothly.

Tom Ferrier is another Temple University public health student, now a senior and getting his 200-hour internship requirement done at the HUB. "I help with outreach and work with Christma to distribute flyers in the neighborhood. We talk to community members about the resources we have, letting people know that we’re providing the services they asked for during the We're Here Because We Care process." Ferrier's goal is to become a nurse, and his next step in the healthcare field is, after he graduates, to work in public health long enough to put money away for nursing school. 

Also a work-study student, Lindsay Martinez is a third-year nursing student at Drexel. Considering the work-study positions available, she chose the HUB because she wanted something more engaging than the average work-study job. She's worked at medical offices, in a hospital, and now in a public health setting. "Here at the HUB I help out with events and phone calls, reaching out to neighbors to make sure they're aware of what we're doing. West Philadelphia feels like it's been taken over by college students and I want to make sure people know there are still resources here for them, and that we haven't forgotten about them."

Written by Jennifer Britton
Associate Director, Communications & Special Projects
Office of University & Community Partnerships

01/09/18

When the Community Wellness HUB began welcoming neighborhood residents to take advantage of its health and wellness programming back in April 2017, it was the culmination of more than a year of careful community-driven planning. The planning process was led by Mantua native and Drexel Vice President of Health and Health Equity, Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD and her team. Known as We're Here Because We Care, the process was made up of call-to-action meetings, community focus groups and one-on-one meetings with local leaders and residents.

The initiative, the strategy and the process were developed and designed by Jemmott and her team, as they noticed community input was missing in many of the local health conversations. Each of the team members came to the table with an expertise that allowed this initiative to flourish. Andrew Issa, MPH brought a programming and community partnership lens, Marcia Penn, MEd brought her coordinating expertise, and K. Rose Samuel-Evans brought her community engagement background. It is this core team that became the think tank behind this health initiative and the Community Wellness HUB.

PromiseZone boaundaries mapWe're Here Because We Care concentrated on the West Philadelphia Promise Zone: Mantua, Belmont, West Powelton, Powelton Village, Saunders Park, Mill Creek, East Parkside and parts of Spruce Hill, Walnut Hill and University City. Invitations went to neighborhood residents but also to civic organizations, nonprofits serving the area, faith-based organizations, recreation centers, registered community organizations, community centers, block captains and town watch groups. Each of these meetings asked participants to identify their top health and wellness concerns and interests, and to talk about the kinds of healthcare supports they were looking for in the neighborhood. Consensus developed around seven key health issues:

  1. Chronic Diseases: These are the kinds of diseases that require sometimes lifelong management and support. Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and cancer are chronic diseases that can be helped with diet, exercise and medications, but they can also be dififcult and confusing to understand.
  2. Behavioral and Mental Health: Behavioral health stigmas get in the way of people getting the help they need. Participants wanted services to support people dealing with depression, anxiety, emotional pain, intimate partner or child abuse and trauma. 
  3. Sexual Health: Screening, treatment and counseling for HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and support for sexual health issues across all ages was a top concern.
  4. Access to Healthy Foods: Neighborhood residents across the board are interested in workshops on nutrition and healthy food preparation, in how to get healthy food in a food desert, gardening and mobile fresh food sales.
  5. Environmental Health: Home environments have a substantial impact on our health, and as such there was an emphasis placed on safe and healthy homes, rodent control, dealing with trash and aging-in-place.
  6. Access to Care: Neighbors are especially interested in health services located in the community that are also culturally appropriate and culturally sensitive. 
  7. Access to Safe Physical Fitness: Feeling safe in the neighborhood makes it possible to get outside to walk, run and play. Participants expressed the need for safe places to move around, programs designed for seniors and physical fitness programs tailored for all ages. 

Neighborhood residents of the Mantua and Powelton Village communitiesThe team at the Community Wellness HUB has integrated these priorities and ideas into its program planning and invite you to join their upcoming workshops, to visit to make an appointment to talk about your health or just to drop in to say hello and share your feedback.

As Mantua Civic Association president DeWayne Drummond notes, “Having the Community Wellness HUB in Mantua is a priceless gift to our community. When we work together, poverty stricken areas can receive true equity."

Written by Jennifer Britton
Associate Director, Communications & Special Projects
Office of University & Community Partnerships

 

01/09/18

The College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of Medicine are currently collaborating on a video series highlighting each profession found in our respective colleges. Students and faculty from each department are being interviewed to share profession-specific information such as background, educational history and future, professional accreditation mandates, the reasons why they have chosen the field and what they hope to accomplish. The video footage will be used to educate all students on one of the competencies of interprofessional education, Roles and Responsibilities.

Interprofessional education is guided by four core competencies: Values and Ethics, Roles and Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication and Teams and Teamwork. Roles and Responsibilities are defined as the ability to “use the knowledge of one’s own roles and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of patients and the promote and advance the health of populations.” (*IPEC, 2016) The goal of these videos is to share information about each other’s healthcare professions with one another. Through the process, students and faculty will fully articulate and define their own roles and responsibilities while also learning their limitations by recognizing expertise in other members of the healthcare team.

We are very excited about this development and the limitless potential of the video series. We are also enjoying our continued partnership with faculty and staff from the College of Medicine. Stay tuned for more information!

Thank you,
IPER Collaborative

Coming up:  

  • January 24, 2018 – “Darrick:  A Team Approach to Recovery from Traumatic Injuries, Part 2 in a Longitudinal Case Study. Contact Cathy Nowak for more information. 
  • February 13, 2018 – Pediatric Palliative Care Simulation. Contact Maura Nitka for more information.
  • February 20, 2018 “Population Health: Local and Global” Brown Bag Lunch. More information coming soon.
  • Host your own Brown Bag Lunch! iper@drexel.edu 

*Interprofessional Education Collaborative (2016). Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Report of an Expert Panel. Washington, DC.

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