This week we are featuring Adjunct Professor, Mark Somodi, Ph.D., FACHE. Along with teaching, Mark is the CEO and Administrator at P.T. Services Rehabilitation, Inc. Mark’s education background started with a bachelor’s in applied mathematics from St. Louis University. He then went on to get a master’s in hospital administration from St. Louis University, then a Ph.D. in health services administration from Southwest University.
Enjoy our chat with Professor Mark Somodi.
Tell us about your position at Tiffin University.
I am honored to teach HCA540, HCA552 and HCA633 in the online MBA healthcare administration concentration for Tiffin University. I routinely teach HCA642 as well!
What is your background in your field?
With 25 years of senior healthcare administrative experience, I have supported non-profit, for-profit and ESOP (employee owned) businesses during this time.
Why are you passionate about your field?
I am passionate about healthcare management, as the industry is in constant change. From evolving technology, to stressors with reimbursement, the industry allows for great academic opportunities as well as meaningful employment. Only well-trained and creative leaders will engage healthcare management and direct services that meet community need for the overall wellness of our country.
What advice would you give a person who is thinking about going back to school to pursue their degree?
Never stop learning and be the best you can be! Take every opportunity to improve your capabilities and knowledge, either through formal academic institutions or employer-driven programs.
What are some of the reasons that you teach online?
I enjoy teaching online in the healthcare administration program to support students’ dreams of meaningful employment and to help establish a creative skills set, so that alumni are ready to face the administrative challenges of the future.
What is one thing that you have noticed that has changed for good in online education?
Online programs are the future of education, as they reach out to different students in different time frames of their life experience. Online programs engage students by sharing work and life experiences, and bring these diverse groups of individuals together with schedule and work-life balance flexibility that is hard to capture in seated courses.
What are some effective practices you have noticed from students that are currently facing a lack of time to study, due to having a family or working a full time job?
Online programs allow for flexibility in one’s schedule, however, these online programs can be overwhelming with their condensed time frames. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE! Stay current with assignments and communicate with your professor when conflicts arise.