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LECOM Introduces School of Health Services Administration

BRADENTON, FL (September 6, 2018) – Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) announced today the formation of the LECOM School of Health Services Administration (SHSA). The school will emphasize teaching the business of health care as it prepares future leaders to deal with the evolving need for competent and well-trained administrators and providers.

SHSA brings together the Masters in Health Services Administration (MHSA) and the Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics (MSBE) under one administration.

Timothy S. Novak, D.B.A, M.S.A., Dean of School of Health Services Administration.

Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O., LECOM’s Senior Vice President, Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs, announced that Timothy S. Novak, D.B.A, M.S.A., will serve as Dean of SHSA.

“Dr. Novak’s vision, innovation and leadership as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and program director have quickly advanced the success of LECOM’s MHSA program from its beginning in 2014 to #6 in 2018 as ranked nationally by” said Dr. Ferretti.  “Our MHSA graduates are quickly advancing into senior executive healthcare leadership positions across the nation technically prepared and ready to lead in today’s complex industry”.

The formation of the School of Health Services Administration solidifies LECOM’s strong commitment to continue excellence of existing and future healthcare business and compliance graduate education programs focused on fiscal responsibility.  The industry vanguard MSBE launched earlier this year prepares students to help solve the most challenging moral and ethical healthcare issues of our time.


About Dr. Novak

Dr. Novak has been an active member of the Bradenton, Fla., community since 1999, serving on the board of directors of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp., Drug Free Manatees Addiction Crisis Taskforce, where he was just honored as a Champion of Prevention 2017, and is a member of Manatee County Schools Citizen’s Financial Advisory Committee.  He earned his Doctor of Business Administration degree at the top-ranked University of South Florida Muma College of Business.


In just over 25 years, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has grown to become the largest and one of the most affordable medical colleges in the country. Enrollment in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine and Master’s Degree Programs has surpassed 4100 students at campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pa., and in Bradenton, Fla. More than 11,000 LECOM graduates are providing health care to patients across the United States.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Pharmacy attract more applicants than any other programs in the country by offering innovative, student-centered and affordable degree programs.  LECOM medical college tuition is the second lowest private college tuition in the U.S and LECOM consistently ranks in the top ten programs for graduating primary care physicians. In addition to providing healthcare providers to serve patient needs, the College also offers master’s degree programs to prepare professionals who can run the business of health care, serve the patient’s best interests and teach future physicians, pharmacists and dentists.

LECOM is the core of an osteopathic academic health center. LECOM Health is a highly innovative health care and education system that strives to add to the quality of life of our neighbors by bringing total health care to the community.  Members of LECOM Health include the College, Millcreek Community Hospital, Corry Memorial Hospital, the clinical practices of Medical Associates of Erie, LECOM Senior Living Center, LECOM Senior Living Communities, LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center, LECOM Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lifeworks Erie, and Visiting Nurses Association of Erie County.

As LECOM continues to contribute to health and wellbeing for everyone, it looks forward to continued growth and preparation of future healthcare providers to provide quality care for generations to come.