Master of Health Administration
Harry Coffey has been working in the healthcare industry since 1973. He started as an assistant comptroller in a small community hospital in Rhode Island and entered the U.S. Navy while studying at The George Washington University for his masters. After 25 years in the Navy as a Medical Service Corps Officer, he ended up as the Deputy Medical Inspector General. For the past 12 years he has worked for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, the DynPort Vaccine Company, and currently for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick.
"The best thing about teaching adults at Mount Saint Mary’s University is that every class offers one surprise after another," says Coffey. "Sure we have a syllabus and we have lesson plans; and sometimes the class heads off in a direction where we push the frontiers of discovery and have very interesting discussions. These discussions broaden our understanding of critical health topics and help us to be ready to face these same issues when we take positions as healthcare executives."
He continues, "As a teacher, I simply guide the students through the maze of healthcare history, law, and practice. As we move through time and discuss the events that have formed our American healthcare system, students make one discovery after another. The best part of each class is when students bring their own excellent experiences into the discussion. We bring all of our experiences together; we apply them to identifying issues; we look as possible solutions; and we begin to understand the complexity if healthcare issues facing America today. Learning is fun; and we do have a good time in class."