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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).


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If you were given a week to sample a desired major and connect with professionals in your field, all before coming to college, would you take it? The high school students who attended Drexel’s Exploration in Mental Health Careers hosted by the Behavioral Health Counseling Department certainly did. From June 22 – 26 and July 6 – 10 nearly 30 students made the journey to Drexel to get the inside scoop on all things mental health, and their experiences couldn’t have been more positive.

“I loved the counseling workshop where we practiced skills we learned during the week on one another,” said one student. The counseling skills workshop prepared the students for a more realistic counseling experience in the College’s Standardized Patient Lab that took place later in the week.  Students engaged in a simulated counseling session with Standardized Patient actors who served as clients in 15 minute, digitally recorded sessions. Standardized Patients, which are regularly used in College of Nursing and Health Professions programs, gave the students an authentic Drexel experience. “I was caught off guard by how real and challenging the actors were,” remarked another student.

In addition to counseling simulations, Summer Institute guests sampled creative arts therapies techniques and toured two outpatient facilities in Philadelphia: Horizon House and Sobriety Through Out Patient. The tours exposed students to real patients in actual treatment settings and gave insight to the dynamics of outpatient care. Students were also impressed when given the opportunity to meet Jeffrey Wilush, President and CEO of Horizon House, who spoke with them about the services offered at their locations.

The students found it beneficial to meet professionals and clients in actual treatment facilities, but two aspects they found to be the most exciting and innovative were sampling creative art therapies and simulated counseling sessions. “I had no idea what creative arts therapies were before Summer Institute,” recalled one student, “but could definitely see myself doing that in the future.” Another student revealed that learning and practicing basic counseling skills, then seeing those skills used by professionals in treatment settings, was extremely beneficial. “It was interesting to see such a wide variety of illnesses and people at different places [in their treatment]” she said.

At week's end, at the celebratory lunch in downtown Philadelphia, students’ faces were beaming with excitement. The group collectively felt like they learned a lot about the field of behavioral health, had a rewarding academic and professional experience and made many new friends. We hope to see Summer Institute students at Drexel full-time soon!


As the topic of mental health on college campuses continues to garner attention from the media, student bodies and university administrations, Drexel’s Angela Mancao aims to take a proactive approach to awareness. Mancao, a junior Behavioral Health Counseling major, launched in February an on-campus chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to raise awareness, educate the community and advocate for services to promote mental health.

“NAMI on Campus is comprised of passionate members who strive to change the way mental health is perceived and treated in our school and society,” said Mancao. Information sharing and advocacy are the primary mechanisms Drexel’s chapter uses to achieve its goals, and it has been pretty successful so far. The organization boasts 14 active members and a faculty advisor, Ron Comer, DSW, who is not so coincidentally the Chair and Professor of the Behavioral Health Counseling Department.

“Comer introduced me to NAMI when I came to Drexel as a freshman,” Mancao said. “It was his enthusiasm for the organization that inspired me to create a chapter on Drexel’s campus.” The process of establishing the chapter took Mancao about three years, and it was recognized as an official student organization by Drexel in January 2015 and by NAMI in February 2015.

The time that Mancao and her board members invested in initiating NAMI On-campus will certainly pay off given the recent push towards mental health awareness. Within the last six months, Drexel unveiled mental health screening kiosks which enable students to detect potential concerns. NPR published a story in All Tech Considered discussing Yik Yak, a location-based app that lets anonymous users share feelings and respond to one another. Francis O’Gorman wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education that college campuses often serve as incubators for anxiety and worry. The issue has captured the attention of national audiences.

As for Drexel’s NAMI On-campus, they plan in the future to continue recruiting members and hosting events that promote the services available to those suffering from mental health illness and their allies.

The experience of creating an organization has also been beneficial, and one that Mancao believes is enhancing her Drexel experience. “I was able to unite people who shared the same passion and vision for mental health so that together we can make this organization achieve the goals we, and NAMI, have set. This experience has given me many opportunities to connect with and meet incredible, passionate students who want to make a change.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from mental health issues, please make an appointment for counseling at, or call 215.895.1415 for the University City campus or 215.762.7625 for the Center City Campus. The peer counseling helpline is available Sunday through Thursday between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. at 215.895.1523 and the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always available at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).


Ashley Lotito, Nutrition and Mahmoud Shurbaji, HSAD, 2015 Dean’s Award recipients

Awarded to a graduating student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions who has distinguished himself/herself by providing outstanding service to the College.

Diane Barag, MSN (posthumous), 2015 Achievement Award recipient

Awarded to a graduating student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions who has demonstrated perseverance and ability in the face of significant challenge, while attaining his or her academic goals.

Daritza Ballester, PT, 2015 Community Service Award recipient

Awarded to a graduating student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions who is actively involved in community service.

Quiana Williams, Co-op, Clinical Service Award recipient

Awarded to a graduating student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions who has demonstrated exemplary work through interdisciplinary and clinically relevant work aiming to treat underserved communities at his/her clinical placement.

Dylan Ottemiller, CAT, Social Justice Research Award recipient

Awarded to a graduating student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions whose thesis or research is innovative in improving health and reducing health disparities of communities.

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