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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).

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.

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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03/13/15

You know Niket. Whether it’s from class, a general body meeting for the Drexel’s Society of Future Health Leaders, or reading about him in Who’s Who Among Students in American Institutes & Colleges.  Maybe you interacted with him during his Co-op in  the CNHP Marketing and Communications department.  You’ve probably unknowingly read the articles he’s written for Chartings (now Off the Charts) in his time as a student worker.  The fact of the matter is, you know Niket.   But how well do you know him? 

Niket Subhedar is a senior in the Health Services Administration program, completing his studies in March in anticipation of June graduation.  He is the president of the Drexel Society of Future Health Leaders, and was recently nominated to be included in Who’s Who Among Students in American Institutes & Colleges

The Backstory:

I came to Drexel in 2011 as a Biological Sciences major.  After a year and a half, I decided to switch majors into Health Services Administration because I wanted to understand the business side of health care as opposed to just the clinical sciences side.  I added the HSAD major, but continued taking my Pre-med requirements because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to medical school or not.  The only thing I was certain about was that I wanted to be in the health care industry.   Since then I decided my interests lie more on the management side.  I’ll be completing studies in March with a BS in HSAD and a minor in Business Administration.

Which class did you enjoy the most?

My favorite class in HSAD was either Healthcare Economics or Healthcare Policy.  I loved economics because it was a very traditional business course, and I like very “business-y” things.  Healthcare Policy was interesting because we learned relevant information about how healthcare is dealt with on a political level.  We learned about pharmaceutical regulations, how health care laws are enacted and how they go through the political process.  It gave me an idea of how scrutinized healthcare is in the US.  It was eye opening because people don’t realize how large the healthcare industry is, how many divisions and functions there are in healthcare, or how regulated it is. 

Which class did you find most challenging?

Non-profits in Health Care!  We had to conceive our own non-profit organization, come up with the background information on it, understand the finances, create a marketing plan and carefully explain the goal of the non-profit.  There was a 15-20 page research paper due at the end of the class.  It was hard to come up with a business idea on the spot, understand the ins and outs and apply what we learned in class to the paper.

Do you have a mentor?

My mentor is Michelle Sahl, PhD, an associate clinical professor in the Department of Health Administration.  I’ve known her since sophomore year when I started Intro to Health Admininstration.  She’s also an academic advisor for the club of which I’m president, Drexel Society of Future Health Leaders, which is the first club to represent students interested in health care management, but open to anyone generally interested in the health care industry.  She was my mentor through classes, but outside of class, too.  She’s concerned with student development and making sure students in the HSAD program get the most out of their Drexel experience.  She’s not only concerned about students doing well in class and being involved on campus, but also about career preparation: interviewing and finding jobs. 

Congratulations on being nominated for Who’s Who Among Students in American Institutes & Colleges!

Thank you!  The Who’s Who award is mysterious because you have to be nominated by a Drexel faculty member, and I don’t know which faculty nominated me.  I have a feeling it was Professor Sahl, but I’m not sure.  It’s an award for students who are very involved on campus and academically.

You’re a full time student, part time student worker, president of a college club, and you’re taking extra classes this quarter to graduate early.  How do you juggle your hectic schedule?

It’s all about time management, jumping into it, and following your passions! Drexel does a really good job at preparing you for tough schedules. Ten week condensed schedules and taking 5-6 classes each term is difficult, but eventually you get the hang of it. It was challenging at first, but most students, including myself, get used to it. The benefit is we get to take far more classes than students at other colleges, and our classes tend to be more specialized.

You’ve already landed a full time job at GlaxoSmithKline.  What advice do you have for students looking to start their careers?

It’s all about starting early!  I started applying to positions in the fall term of my senior year.  If you’re looking for a job right out of college, fall is when you need to start looking and applying.  I think more important than just sending out your applications is to get your name out there.  For HSAD students, there’s something called HNLDV where all these health care executives come together quite frequently to discuss issues.  It’s a great networking opportunity.  Get your name out there!  To set myself apart at career fairs, I made business cards for myself.  I went to Steinbright and asked to be put in touch with people I could email, and I revised my resume almost every week.  The power of asking is really underrated.  Sometimes if you just ask, you’ll get what you want.  A lot of it is networking, and a lot is perseverance.  Don’t be dejected if you’re not getting offers, it’s very hard to get a job these days, especially as a student with limited experience.  Just persevere through all the rejections.  I know I got my fair share of them.  It just takes one yes!  In November, I got a call from GSK, went through the application process, flew to Raleigh-Durham for the interview, and month later, I accepted a full time offer.  It’s all about hard work, perseverance and networking.  It just takes one opportunity, and once you get that, the sky’s the limit.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

At GSK, I am in the three year rotational program called the Future Leaders Program.  I’ll be rotating through various functions.  My hope is that after three years in the program, I’ll gain enough experience and do well enough that I can apply to MBA programs.  I want to go through the traditional process, getting the work experience then going to school full time for two years to earn my MBA.  I think business school is my calling.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is… it’s hard to say!  It’s difficult to say where I’ll end up.  It’ll depend on the experiences I go through.  I may want to do something else after my GSK program.  I’ll definitely stay within health care.  The education and experiences I’ve gotten from co-op made me realize this is what I want to stick with.  I think my dream job would be that of an executive in business development and global business, or going into a healthcare advisory/consultant role, helping streamline healthcare approaches.

How do you “Live It?”

I live it by… experience.  I think that’s how Drexel trains you.  A big part of our education is real world application.  I knew after co-op that I wanted to be in a professional business setting.  It’s not always easy, but after a while, your experience helps you to start learning about yourself.  

 

01/29/15

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.

11/05/14

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


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