Skip to main content

Department of Political Science
HADM Student Organizations

Upsilon Phi Delta Honorary Society

Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society Logo

Our program is an established chapter of the Upsilon Phi Delta (UPD) Health Care Honorary Society. The mission of the society is to recognize, reward and encourage academic excellence in the study of healthcare management and policy.

The purpose of UPD is to:

  • Recognize students who achieve distinction in healthcare administration and management studies at universities and colleges
  • Motivate academic excellence in students studying healthcare administration and management
  • Recognize individuals who’ve made outstanding contributions to the profession
  • Uphold and develop high professional standards and ethics for members of the profession

UPD membership enhances your resume and/or graduate school application. In addition, you’ll receive a membership certificate suitable for framing and cords which can be worn as part of your graduation regalia.

Members are selected on the basis of academic achievements, service to the community, and/or contributions to the healthcare management profession. Undergraduate members must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 or greater on a 4.0 scale. Candidates for membership may be considered after completion of 18 hours of HADM required courses following admission into the program.

Applications for membership are taken at the end of each fall and spring semester.

If you are interested in becoming a member of UPD:

If you wish to wear your cords during your graduation ceremony, be sure to submit your application no later than four weeks prior to graduation.


AU Health and Hospital Administration Organization (HHAO)

AUPHA logo

The Auburn University Health and Hospital Administration Organization (HHAO) is a student-led group of Health Service Administration majors and pre-majors. HHAO consist of students from every class (freshmen – senior) enrolled in the HADM curriculum. HHAO meets once a month to network with and listen to leading professionals in the field discuss topics related to health services administration. Topics include:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Hospital Management
  • Medical Practice Management
  • Health Information Systems and Technology
  • Internships
  • Finance
  • How to Get a Job/ Preparing Resumes

HHAO also promotes opportunities for students to attend professional association meetings at the local, state and national level.

The organization also hosts an annual end-of-the-year event for all HADM majors and faculty. This event features an awards ceremony to recognize student accomplishments.

HHAO charges membership dues set by the HHAO officers. The first meeting of the year is held in September.