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Mary Duden, MBA

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Assistant Teaching Professor
Health Management and Policy
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BA, Rosemont College; MBA, Accounting & Finance, Drexel University


Ms. Mary Duden is an assistant teaching professor at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health where she teaches Advanced Financial Management, and Management and Leadership, Assurance & Health Services. She is director of the MPH/MBA dual degree program and also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the School.

Ms. Duden began her career working with socially focused organizations more than 30 years ago as the Director of Finance for Delaware Valley Community Health where she was one of the founding members. Mary recently retired as CFO of Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia after a 17-year career with Mercy Health Systems.

During her tenure at Mercy, Ms. Duden served in a variety of leadership management positions including: Vice President of Ambulatory Care for Mercy Health System, Chief Financial Officer for North Philadelphia Health System, CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chief Financial Officer for Mercy Health Foundation and Executive Director of Mercy Circle of Care.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Duden has developed numerous programs and projects to address health disparities, medically underserved communities and populations, special needs clients, and the uninsured and underinsured. She established federally qualified health centers, a Community Access Program for uninsured and underinsured residents of North Philadelphia, and the Huey Family Health Center, the first elementary school based health center in Philadelphia.

Ms. Duden is the founding board chair and CEO of Mercy Investment Program, a $400 million socially responsible investment corporation. She also sits on the boards of numerous community organization boards and professional organizations in Philadelphia. Ms. Duden has received several awards including the Rudy Bruner Award for Excellence in the Urban Environment, the Drexel University Outstanding Alumni Award for Community Service and the Trocaire Award for Community Service. She holds a BA from Rosemont College and an MBA from Drexel University.

Research Interests

  • Health care for the underserved
  • Health disparities


"The Wellness Place: An Ambulatory Care Center for the 21st Century." American Hospital Association, Society for Ambulatory Care Professionals, St. Louis, MO. April 1997.