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University of South Florida
College of Public Health
Department of Health Policy & Management
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC56
Tampa, FL 33612-3805

Healthcare Management Student Association


The Healthcare Management Student Association (HMSA) provides its members with real-world skills in order to create competent health administration professionals. We strive to uphold our values of: scholarship, leadership and professionalism.


Scholarship - We continually encourage our members to be involved in the educational process, and to take an interest in learning more about the field of health policy and administration.

Leadership - In today’s rapidly changing world of health administration, we emphasize the importance of providing programing that will allow members to be competitive leaders in the workforce.

Professionalism - Whether it be in the classroom, or in the boardroom, we teach members to carry themselves with integrity and provide them with the tools to create lasting professional networks.


HMSA provides students interested in health services administration with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of effective leadership skills in health care organizations and to develop their professional networks within the health care community. Here is a list of some of the activities with which HMSA is involved:

  • Speaker series - in monthly meetings, HMSA brings in professionals from the local healthcare community to speak to students about trending topics and developments in their field. We’ve had speakers with a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Career fair - with its inaugural fair in 2016, HMSA’s job fair is poised to become a major networking event in the college for students looking for careers and field experience opportunities.
  • Professional development series - HMSA assists the Department of Health Policy and Management in providing students with opportunities to develop and polish their networking and career-seeking skills.
  • American College of Healthcare Executives - Members of the USF Healthcare Management Student Association are also encouraged to join and participate in educational and networking events hosted by the ACHE Western Florida Chapter. Members attend the annual ACHE conference as well.

Interested in joining?

Membership is open to all currently enrolled USF students with an interest in health policy and management. For more information visit our Facebook or email

Current Officers

Kristopher M. Bryant is a second year graduate student pursuing his master of health administration degree. He hopes to apply his degree to the field of maternal and child health. Mr. Bryant is a student member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. As president of HMSA, he hopes to expand the opportunities for all students to gain greater professional development skills and industry experience through their participation in HMSA. Estimated graduation year: 2017
William L. Stewart is a second year graduate student pursuing a master of healthadministration degree. Prior to pursuing his MHA, Mr. Stewart graduated with a bachelor of arts in music from Washington and Lee University and spent three years working in patient financial services for a Florida-based health system. While interning for the Systems Redesign department at James A. Haley Hospital, he hopes to supplement his revenue cycle knowledge with operational strategies using project management, Lean Six Sigma, and cultural tools to affect positive change. Mr. Stewart holds both a CPC and CEMC credential from the AAPC, and is a student member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Estimated graduation year: 2017
Taher Hamid is a first year graduate student pursuing a master of health administration degree. He has experience working with an accountable care organization, recruiting highly skilled medical staff, and managing the referrals for a multi-specialty private practice. Currently, he is working in information technology for the health care industry. By specializing in HIPAA compliance, Mr. Hamid plans on coaching facilities on the necessary steps to satisfy the physical, technical and administrative safeguards present in this complex regulation. His degree will equip him with the knowledge and credentials to address the inevitable evolution of the American health care landscape. He also enjoys participating as a graduate representative at the University of South Florida and a student associate member of the Western Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Estimated graduation year: 2017
Radhika Mehrotra is a third year, dual degree seeking, graduate student in the MHA/MPH program. She has a bachelor of arts degree in biomedical engineering from the University of South Florida. Ms. Mehrotra is currently working as a business analyst graduate assistant with USF Health Information Systems. Her position focuses on USF Health’s current transition to the Epic EHR and its optimization. Ms. Mehrotra looks forward to using her clinical and industrial engineering experience to increase the correlation between clinical process measures and financial incentives to impact patient outcomes. Estimated graduation year: 2017

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