Clinical Professor, Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
Health Administration Department
Bellet Building, Rm. 418
Stephen F. Gambescia, PhD, MEd, MBA, MHum, MCHES, is assistant dean of academic and student affairs and professor of Health Services Administration. Dr. Gambescia has held a number of educational leadership roles eventually serving as a vice president in a metro and multi-state division for two of the largest national voluntary health agencies (American Cancer Society and American Heart Association). He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of health promotion/disease prevention. His research interests have been in tobacco control, chronic disease risk awareness/prevention, and broadly in health communication. His research interests in higher education include continuing professional education program development, evaluation, credentialing, and in distributed learning. He has co-authored a book on Managing a Public Speaker Bureau for Health and Human Services Organizations.
Dr. Gambescia has held several academic administrative positions. He was an assistant dean in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies at Drexel; a dean of graduate and professional studies (Cabrini College); executive director of adult and continuing professional studies, assistant V.P. academic affairs and assistant to the president at Neumann College.
Dr. Gambescia received his first degree from Saint Joseph’s University (sociology); a professional degree in journalism/public relations from Charles Morris Price; M.Ed. from the College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University; M.B.A. from Regis University; Master of Humanities from Tiffin University; and Ph.D. in health care policy at Temple University.
Courses taught are in the area of health care policy, nonprofits and health care, health care marketing and health care management and leadership. He served as an internal fellow for AY 2011-12 for The Great Works Symposium offered by Drexel's Honors College. The Great Works Symposium organizes interdisciplinary undergraduate courses, focused on exploring subjects of the broadest possible interest and greatest societal impact, and is designed to bring an array of Drexel University students, faculty, and visiting expert lecturers and practitioners into collaboration. Dr. Gambescia has served on, or is presently serving on, a number of nonprofit boards from which he can assist in student learning including: • Board of Trustees for Delaware County Community College • Society for Public Health Education (President 2006) • National Commission for Health Education Credentialing • Health Promotion Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania • Pennsylvania Public Health Association • Pennsylvania Society for Public Health Education •