Both graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in GSU's Health Administration program can benefit from membership in the GSU Chapter of Upsilon Phi Delta, the Health Administration Honor Society.
Health Administration Honor Society -- Upsilon Phi Delta -- GSU Chapter
Policies and Procedures
Nature of Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society -- Governors State University Chapter
Upsilon Phi Delta
is a national academic honor society for students in health administration. It is a member benefit of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Upsilon, Phi and Delta are Greek words for health, care, and leadership, respectively.
The Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society - Governors State University Chapter (UPD-GSU Chapter) is an active member of the Upsilon Delta National Honor Society and is comprised of qualified students from both graduate and undergraduate programs.
The Mission of the UPD-GSU Chapter
The mission of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is to recognize,
reward, and encourage academic excellence in the study of healthcare
management and policy.
The goals of the Society are as follows:
- To encourage interest in academic preparation for careers in healthcare management and policy
- To promote activity that will elevate the standards, ideals,
competence, and ethics of women and men preparing for careers in
healthcare management, policy, and leadership
- To provide financial assistance through scholarships to
outstanding students pursuing academic degrees that prepare individuals
for careers in healthcare management, policy, and leadership
- To recognize, by means of granting honorary memberships, individuals who have made outstanding contribution to the profession
- Membership eligibility
a. Current Students
Membership application for the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is limited to students who provide evidence of outstanding scholarship in terms of a higher grade point average on a 4.0 grade point scale. Graduate students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and undergraduate students a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
Alumni of the health administration graduate program with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and alumni of the health administration undergraduate program with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 are eligible to be a member of the UPD-GSU Chapter.
- Pledging and initiation
Candidates may be considered for membership after completion of Graduation Application.
Administration of the UPD-GSU Chapter
1. General Administration
a. The Chair of the GSU Health Administration Department appoints a full-time faculty member to administer the UPD-GSU Chapter.
b. The Chapter administrator is responsible for conducting all the affairs of the Chapter, including the following:
- Recruiting members.
- Administering students and alumni applications.
- Keeping record of membership.
- Communicating with UPD members.
- Planning special events and programs for UPD members.
- Planning new members' induction ceremony.
- Administering members' scholarship applications.
- Posting news and information on the Health Administration Program website.
- Serving as a liaison between the Health Administration Program and UPD National Honor Society.
c. Membership contribution
Members possess a lifetime affiliation with UPD with a one-time membership fee of $40. This covers the cost of UPD recognition pin, cord, certification and induction ceremony.
2. Qualifying courses in UPD-GSU
a. Undergraduate program
b. Graduate program
- President: Risa
President: Melissa Parram-Taylor
- Secretary and
Membership Coordinator: Kila King
Coordinator: Alex Gakopoulou
a. Dr. DeLawnia Comer-Hagans, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Health Administration
5. Official Colors
The official colors of the Honors Society are Crimson Red and Blue.
For a membership application to Upsilon Phi Delta, the GSU Chapter of the Health Administration Honor Society, please click on the link below. Contact Dr. DeLawnia Comer-Hagans at firstname.lastname@example.org for the deadline for submitting applications
Upsilon Phi Delta Inaugural Induction Ceremony and Reception
“You represent the best of the
best!” noted Dr. Rupert M. Evans, Sr., DHA, MPA, FACHE, Former Chair of the Department
of Health Administration.
“Always be passionate about what
you do,” advised Provost Bordelon. “This (UPD Honor Society) is an indication
of your passion and love for what you are doing. … I have faith that you are going to continue
to strive for excellence in your profession.
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The Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society
- Governors State University Chapter (UPD-GSU Chapter) is an active member of
the Upsilon Delta National Honor Society and is comprised of qualified students
from both graduate and undergraduate programs. Upsilon, Phi and Delta are Greek
words for health, care and administration (or leadership), respectively.
The founders of the society feel
that Health is the objective of all our work; that Caring is an essential trait
of all people in health care; and that Leadership is the essential trait of
those who would lead and manage our healthcare systems.
Pictured, left to
right, Dr. Rupert Evans, Chair of the Department of Health Administration at
GSU; Kritika Sharma, Master of Health Administration program; Cristy Gallegos,
Bachelor of Health Administration program, and Alexandra Gakopoulou, Master of
Health Administration program.