Health Policy and Management

Healthcare Management Student Association

The Healthcare Management Student Association provides students interested in health services administration with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of effective leadership skills in healthcare organizations and to develop their professional networks within the healthcare community. It is open to students enrolled in the degree or Certificate programs of the Department of Health Policy and Management. Additionally, the Healthcare Management Student Association is an affiliate of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network, which provides numerous resources for students, including the ACHE annual Congress.

The objectives of the Healthcare Management Student Association include:

  • Providing a vehicle for constructive student involvement, recognition, and representation in the profession of health services administration.
  • Providing an opportunity for students to meet with local and regional health services executives to enhance academic and career opportunities.
  • Establishing congruence between graduate and professional continuing educational activities to foster a skillful and sensitive approach to health services administration.
  • Providing faculty and students in health services administration with a forum for professional dialogue.
Speaker Series

The Healthcare Management Student Association holds monthly meetings during the regular academic year that include a reception for students, faculty and distinguished guests, and a current topic in health services administration presented by a local healthcare executive. The Executive also will assist the students in internships and employment.


The Western Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives is the local ACHE chapter for the Tampa Bay area (http://wfc.ache.org), and the Healthcare Management Student Association President serves on this chapter as well. 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.


If you are a student enrolled in a degree or Certificate program of the Department of Health Policy and Management and would like to join the Healthcare Management Student Association please complete the HMSA Application below and return it to one of the Advisors indicated on the form. HMSA Application

Current Officers:
  • President: Kate Houck

    Kate Houck is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. Ms. Houck has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and Spanish from the University of Richmond. Prior to pursuing her MHA, she spent three years working in various positions at healthcare clinics at home in Delaware and for insurance coordination companies here in Florida; she currently interns under the Chief of Staff at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. She is a student associate member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and believes in its networking ability. Kate intends to apply her MHA degree to a career in hospital administration.

    Est. Grad Year: MHA Candidate 2016, HPM Department

  • Vice President: Teena Saji

    Teena Saji is a second year graduate student pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Care Organization and Management. Ms. Saji also earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida in 2013. She is currently the Staffing Coordinator for Assisting Hands Home Care of Pasco and enjoys working with students as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate course, “Understanding US Healthcare”. Additionally, she is a student associate of the Western Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Ms. Saji’s passion focuses on preventative care, wherein, she hopes to play an active role in integrating and improving the delivery of health care services for underserved communities.

    Est. Grad Year: MPH Candidate 2016, HPM Department

  • Treasurer: Glory Okwori

    Glory Okwori is a third year, dual degree seeking, graduate student in the MHA/MPH program. Ms. Okwori currently holds the position as treasurer of the HMSA organization. Ms. Okwori is interested in gaining experience in large integrated healthcare systems, management, and program analyses. Her passion has guided her to invest in professional skills that will allow her to effectively strengthen programs and interventions that directly affect traditionally underserved populations. Ms. Okworki, specifically, desires to address the health disparities which affect these populations and the syndemic relationships among various health conditions.

    Est. Grad Year: MHA/MPH Candidate 2016, HPM Department

  • Secretary: Cauchavius L. Watts

    Cauchavius L. Watts is a second year graduate student in the MHA/MPH program. He has a B.S. in Health Planning and Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer that worked in health extension to strengthen capacities of Ethiopian professionals to engage on issues related to HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis. Mr. Watts also interned with the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s ‘Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative’ in the capacity as a regional coordinator for the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia health bureau and six hospitals. Mr. Watts is a graduate assistant in the HPM department and a student associate member of the Western Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Watts is pursuing an international health career focused on developing policies, health systems, and programs that effectively increase access to primary care for underserved populations.

    Est. Grad Year: MHA/MPH Candidate 2016, HPM Department