Students recognized as Barry joins programs under new honor society
Jun 26, 2008
June 26, 2008
Contact: Julianna M. Pietak
Students recognized as Barry joins programs under new honor society and College of Health Sciences
Miami Shores, Fla. – The Master of Science in Health Services Administration program at Barry University recently inducted its second class into Upsilon Phi Delta, a national honor society for health services administration students and alumni. The 15 students and alumni inducted join 45 members from last year’s inaugural class who, in addition to kicking off the honor society at Barry, also hosted the largest induction ceremony in the history of the national honor society.
Current students, alumni and staff joined to network and celebrate the occasion at a reception held Friday, June 20 in Barry’s Landon Student Union. While the event was sponsored by the Master of Science in Health Services Administration program, students from several degree programs are eligible for induction.
These three degree programs – the M.S. in Health Services Administration, the B.S. in Health Services Administration and the M.S. in Public Health - will all unite with other health-related programs under Barry University’s new College of Health Sciences beginning July 1, 2008. Dr. Pegge Bell, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, spoke at Friday’s event, welcoming these students and alumni.
“Our students have a lot in common and should be in the classroom together, doing community service together, doing research together,” she said. “That is easier to do when we’re talking about a college instead of schools. Every time I have met someone from health services administration, they’ve spoken very proudly of it and I’m very proud to have you as a part of the College of Health Sciences.”
In addition, Steve Klein, senior vice president for Jackson Health Systems, gave a keynote address – paralleling the challenges of the health care industry with those of the aviation industry. Klein, who is also a member of the Master of Science in Health Services Administration’s advisory council, compared issues of safety with those of competencies, communications, training, rules and policies.
In addition to celebrating the honor society induction, the event also acted as a forum for current alumni and students to meet outside the classroom. Since the program’s beginning 14 years ago, more than 450 students have graduated from Barry’s Master of Science in Health Services Administration program, which was ranked the 16th largest in the country in 2007.
“We are already planning next year’s event, and plan to have two events per year,” said Dr. Jeff Ritter, assistant professor and honor society academic coordinator. “We will continue to grow and develop the program with guest speakers, networking, fund raising, sponsorship development and a commitment to alumni, honor society members, students and faculty.”
For more information, please contact Dr. Alan Whiteman, program director for the Master of Science in Health Services Administration at (305) 899-4014.