Pharmacy Administration and Public Health Highlights

St. John's Faculty Working in Lab
September 23, 2019

The Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health continued to make contributions in scholarship, teaching, and service activities during the Spring 2019 semester. A Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) program has been developed in collaboration with The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies. This proposed M.H.A. program will offer students an opportunity to specialize in Health Services Management or Health Information Management. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health administration-related occupations are projected to enjoy robust job growth; the job outlook for medical and health services managers for 2016 to 2026 is 20 percent.

The College and University Graduate Council have approved this program. In the upcoming year, the proposed M.H.A. program will seek approval from the University's Board of Trustees and New York State Education Department.

Faculty, students, and alumni actively participated at the annual conferences organized by the Society for Applied Anthropology, AMCP, APhA, and ISPOR. Four posters were selected as an ISPOR 2019 Research Presentation Award finalist, and one earned the best student poster award.

The M.P.H. program graduated its fifth cohort of students, with four students receiving their M.P.H. degree in the Community Health track and one receiving a certificate of excellence. The program also broadened its network with public health agencies with a focus on global health to secure fieldwork sites for M.P.H. students in the Global Health track.

Faculty Highlights


Yolene Gousse, Assistant Professor Industry Professional, Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health, received a grant for an evaluation of Capracare’s Community Health Worker Training Initiative in Haiti. St. John’s University Internal Grant, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Global Grant, Funded, (June 2019–May 2020).


Preety Gadhoke, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health, Pablo J. Sanchez, Data Scientist at The Hunger Project, Morgan Zajkowski, Community Engagement Coordinator at Bright Beginning at Queens Village, Inc., Kirin Taylor, Research Fellow at UNANIMA International,  Barrett P. Brenton, Professor, Department of Anthropology published Minga, Participatory Action, and Social Justice: Framing a Decolonizing Practice of Principled Experiential Learning among the Indigenous Shuar in Amazonian Ecuador. Journal of Experiential Education, 1-16.

This article explores the application of participatory methods that are culturally grounded for a two-week experiential learning program for undergraduate scholars at an American university.

Anna Gu, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health; Shireen Farzadeh '19Pharm.D.; Chang YJ; Andrew Kwong '20Pharm.D.;   Sum Lam, Pharm.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Clinical Health Professions department, published Patterns of Antihypertensive Drug Utilization among US Adults with Diabetes and Comorbid Hypertension: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999–2014 in Clin Med Insights Cardiol. 2019 Apr; 13: 1-9.

Rajesh Nayak, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health, R Desai, Ph.D., published Effects Of Medication Nonadherence And Comorbidity On Health Resource Utilization In Schizophrenia in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy & Specialty Pharmacy 2019; Vol 25 (1): 37-44.

Somnath Pal, Ph.D., Professor in Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health, published  Common Vaccinations in Elderly Persons;; Accessed May 29, 2019; Posted: April 18, 2019; US Pharm. 2019;44(4):36.