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Recognized Leaders In Health Administration

Make your mark with a degree that will grow in demand as the healthcare field grows and expands. At Drexel, health care knowledge meets real-world health challenges in the classroom and beyond.

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 and online courses. This flexibility makes it possible for working professionals to complete a Bachelor of Science degree completely with online courses .

Students may be interested in an accelerated, dual-degree 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).


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. Settings include hospitals and doctors’ offices, various ambulatory care facilities, insurance companies, human resources or benefits offices of any large employer. Some students may pursue public policy, where they may work in local, state or federal level offices or community public health departments. Students may work in pharmaceutical companies, marketing or consulting firms, and non-profit organizations, especially those organizations focused on health issues or particular populations.

Minor in Health Services Administration
Many students interested in a health career take on a Health Services Administration minor. The courses introduce students to the U.S. health care sector, and also offers several electives in areas such as history of the US health care system, culture and health, religious influences on health, health humanities, health care ethics and various health management electives.

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.

Health Administration Faculty

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We asked our faculty, students, staff and alumni what they are doing to help during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they recharge after long or challenging days.

These are some of their stories.


Sharrona Pearl, PhD is associate teaching professor of Medical Ethics in the Department of Health AdministrationMy family is committed to grocery shopping for vulnerable people and folks who have small children and can't leave the house. I have also been volunteering with Philly Mutual Aid to participate in communal support efforts in my community.

To Recharge, I read and jump on the trampoline with my kids.

Sharrona Pearl, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Administration


Selfie of Kate G, a female with long blond hairI work in a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as a bedside RN taking care of micro premature infants. We have had a few premature infants born to COVID+ mothers that are critically ill in the ICU.

Thankfully, so far, we have had no babies who are COVID +. We are taking care of these babies during a dark time for many families—it's truly an honor.

To recharge, I do Yoga and walking the trails by my house—you have to start fresh each day!

Katherine Geise, BSN '13, MSN '21


Eileen Sarnes, a female nurse wearing PPEI am currently in the MSN-FNP track and a step-down float nurse right in the epicenter at New York Presbyterian-Columbia. In the beginning of March, I floated to COVID-19 units and quickly became infected on March 19. I am blessed to have made a quick and full recovery!

Although I was scared and nervous , on April 3, I eagerly returned to the frontlines in saving lives! It has been an emotionally hard task to take care of COVID patients. However, whenever I discharge a COVID patient it makes it all worth it. My hospital plays “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas every time a patient is extubated or discharged—it's been playing more and more lately!

Nursing has and always will be my calling. Thank you, Drexel, for helping me pursue my dreams of becoming a nurse practitioner. Shout out to all the RN’s working on the frontlines and still focusing on their education! CLASS OF 2020, WE GOT THIS!

To recharge after a long day at work, I like to enjoy a nice glass of white wine, meditate or talk to family and friends.

Eileen Sarnes, MSN '20



The world is in a state of upheaval since the outbreak of the coronavirus. With state and local directives to shelter in place, close non-essential businesses, practice social distancing, move classes online, close college and university campuses and cancel gatherings like annual commencement exercises, hosts of emotions are arising that may be unfamiliar and uncomfortable. Adjusting to this way of life can be difficult and may result in experiencing symptoms associated with anxiety and stress.

Graphic of people sitting classroom styleThe Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and department of Counseling and Family Therapy decided to call on their expertise to provide a necessary check-in for students before classes started on April 6. Noting that the normal college experience—going to class with friends, eating in the dining hall, and seeing friends and classmates in person—is changing, Veronica Carey, PhD, the assistant dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and associate clinical professor, organized a virtual mental health event for returning students. “It is important to offer support to students for impact of, not only entering into an unprecedented arena whereby there are decentralized academic operations for the immediate future, but also for fully addressing the effect for many other social locations such as payer of tuition, childcare provider, family member returning home, academic senior dealing with loss of formal graduations, etc.,” remarked Carey.

Screen shot of Ebony White, PhD, during a Zoom event for studentsSoliciting the assistance of fellow Counseling and Family Therapy faculty members, Ebony White, PhD, assistant clinical professor, and Stephanie Ewing, PhD, assistant professor, they provided a forum for learning and discussion and an opportunity to share, from an academic posture, how to balance aspects of life that we know will have impact upon scholastic achievement.

Screen shot of Stephanie Ewing, PhD, during a Zoom event for studentsThis thirty-minute zoom event was well attended and elicited important questions from students and tips from these experts. White lent her expertise around anxiety to the discussion. “I'm just going to focus on issues that may come up and offer strategies and tips to help navigate the less positive type of anxiety,” White noted. Ewing, a licensed clinical psychologist who teaches mostly graduate students will provide ideas for managing disparate obligations at home. “I really want to speak to how to balance competing demands in this really unprecedented time,” Ewing shared.

Screen shot of Veronica Carey, PhD, during a Zoom event for studentsCovering at-home supports, self-distancing without isolating, managing classes, healthy eating, working in high-risk areas and many other topics, these faculty members started something very important. “It is frightening, frustrating and sad,” acknowledged Carey. “And yet, at CNHP, we are all somehow trained and involved in healthcare-related fields. We continue to teach, learn and serve in these fields in the midst of this current reality,” she furthered. Because of the loss of life and threat to life has resulted in other losses including social engagement, physical contact, and a disruption to school, work, and home, it is important to know these signs, identify effective coping skills, and have resources to refer to if more support is needed. “Let’s come together to think and discuss ways that we can try to help ourselves and those we work with, live with and care about during these difficult times,” Carey concluded.

Click here to watch the recorded session.

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2020 People of Purpose Honorees standing in a group with Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhDBy Autumn Wells '23

On Thursday, February 20, the 2020 People of Purpose were honored for their outstanding demonstration of purpose and service in their daily lives. This is the second year that the College has chosen People of Purpose.

The College of Nursing and Health Professions set out to tell the College’s “story” in 2018 by honoring the extraordinary lives of their students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners. “This project is an important way by which we seek to celebrate and lift up that sense of service and caring and make it a more visible part of our culture,” Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions said as she welcomed more than 80 guests to the 2020 People of Purpose event.

“Having a sense of purpose is good news for all us,” she added. “As a researcher in the field of aging and health, I can tell you that the evidence is strong: having a sense of purpose is linked to very important positive mental health and physical health outcomes including greater longevity. A sense of purpose helps people to live better and longer.” Gitlin then introduced this year's People of Purpose who include the College's faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners.

Roberta Perry—the assistant director of marketing and communications at the College and project manager—chose to rely on the words of a great author to pass on her message. “Mark Twain said that the two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” Perry, shared why individuals were being recognized for the efforts they have put forth, and it only seemed fitting to use a quote that so aptly described the importance of finding the meaning of life. She added “what a blessing it is to have these individuals who figure this out so early in their lives as part of the college community.”

People of Purpose honoree Marcia Penn standing next to her storyChosen for her story of overcoming cancer and dedicating her life to helping others do the same, director of special projects and executive assistant, Marcia Penn, gave the closing speech. She discussed her 1999 cancer diagnosis and the treatment process she went through: a lumpectomy, four rounds of chemotherapy, and 30 days of radiation. She had a two-year-old son at the time and knew that she needed to be there for him. “I surely experienced some pain and suffering,” said Penn, “but because of a loving family, caring colleagues, and a great medical team, I can stand here 20 years later, continue telling my story, and be part of a new cancer impact initiative here at the College of Nursing and Health Professions.”

“I have been touched by the lives of others through my experiences, and helping others has become my purpose every day,” Penn continued.

The three main goals for this project are 1) tell the story of CNHP, 2) focus on who CNHP is and the incredible things they are doing, and 3) support the strategic goals of the College. Writers Jack Croft and John Beilenson from SCP, Peggy Peterson Photography and Lynn Clouser, director of the Drexel Collection, helped capture and display the stories and photos of the People that best represented purpose.

The 2019 and 2020 People of Purpose and their stories are displayed on the walls of the tenth and sixth floors of the College located at 1601 Cherry Street. The exhibition is open to all during business hours. The information is also available online.People of Purpose honoree Margaret Finley looking at her story hanging on the wall

Autumn Wells is a first-year student and is studying communications. This article first appeared in the Triangle on February 29, 2020.

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