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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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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.


Cover of new book by Stephen Gambescia, PhD called The Healthcare NonprofitThe Healthcare Nonprofit: Keys to Effective Management is the newest book by Stephen F. Gambescia, a professor in the Health Administation department, and colleagues. The book will be used in HSAD 331: Nonprofits and Healthcare, a course in the undergraduate program. 

CNHP offers one of the few health administration programs in the country that give students a full course in managing nonprofits. "I have been teaching our nonprofit and healthcare course for some 14 years. I know the gaps in knowledge that both students and those coming new to the nonprofits need to know--even those middle managers," explains Gambescia. Written to take the reader from A to Z on managing the nonprofit, this is the first comprehensive book of its kind. While there are many books on nonprofits, their focus is limited to just a few areas like leadership and fund raising.

Healthcare Nonprofit: Keys to Effective Management, though being usedStephen Ganbescia, PhD lecturing in classroom for a specific class, isn't a traditional text book. This reader is the first extensive book on the subject. "It is perfect for the generalist who needs to know a lot about the nonprofit from top managers to board members'" Gambescia states. He also thinks it's worth the expense for specialists, new staff members, long-term volunteers, especially those in leadership roles, who will find more than enough to sink their teeth in. Authors, including Gambescia and other leaders in the field, explore topics like governance, the nonprofit in American society, special events, program evaluation and crisis communications. 

The voice of the book is one of coaching. Authors lay out some fundamentals in each chapter, then discuss more advanced information about the subject. "Regardless, we give the nuance of the art and science of managing the functions of a nonprofit to help expand understanding and knowledge of core principles." So much has changed in concepts of charity and nonprofits except the underlying dedication, creativity and endless hard work of those who work and volunteer to positively impact people in need. The focus is on healthcare but certainly anyone involved in social service or education will find it useful.


Citizens Bank Park Commencement 2018The tradition continues as the all-University Commencement ceremony was held for the third straight year under the bright lights of Citizens Bank Park. This video captures not only the excitement of the day, but also the essence of the Dragon.

Hollywood legend M. Night Shyamalan addressed the new graduating class and issued a challenge for our graduates to go out and change the world. We're looking forward to witnessing all the incredible achievements of our CNHP alumni!

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