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Fred DiCostanzo

Contact Information

  • 267.359.5557
  • 267.359.5579 F
  • Health Sciences Building, Room 11W75

Fred J. DiCostanzo


Assistant Clinical Professor; Director, Undergraduate Program

Health Administration Department

Fred DiCostanzo, EdD, is assistant clinical professor in the Health Administration department in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. He holds a BS in healthcare administration, MA in organization management, EdD in educational leadership and a diploma in nursing.

DiCostanzo began his career as a registered nurse, gaining clinical experience in medical-surgical, emergency and psychiatric nursing. He has held various leadership positions in healthcare including first line supervisor, financial manager and chief nursing officer.

For nearly twenty years, DiCostanzo worked in the healthcare publishing industry for Nursing Spectrum magazine (later Gannett Healthcare Group and He helped to launch the Philadelphia/Tri-State Edition of Nursing Spectrum and served as its executive director before being promoted to the corporate position of senior operations officer and later executive vice president of human resources.

DiCostanzo came to Drexel University in 2005 as an adjunct instructor in the health services administration program; in 2011, he accepted the position of director of college operations and business development for the College of Nursing and Health Professions and, in 2013 he joined the health administration department as full time faculty. Specializations include organizational leadership, management of health services, group dynamics and human resources.

Professional Society

Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)

Selected Publications

DiCostanzo, F., "The impact of a standardized participant simulation learning experience on the critical thinking disposition of undergraduate health administration students." (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 322.

Research Interests

DiCostanzo’s research interests include the use of simulation in leadership training and the integration of simulation learning techniques in health administration education.


Organizational leadership, healthcare management, human resources, and team effectiveness.

EdD, Educational Leadership
Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ

MA, Organizational Management
University of Phoenix

BS, Healthcare Administration
Philadelphia University (Thomas Jefferson University East Falls Campus)

RN Diploma, St. Agnes Medical Center School of Nursing