Meet our Masters in Healthcare Administration Faculty

Cathy M. Littlefield, Ed.D.

Cathy Littlefield,

Cathy M. Littlefield

Professor and Dean of Graduate Education and Business

Ed.D.Widener University
M.B.A West Chester University
B.S. Widener University

Subject Areas: Business

Dr. Cathy Littlefield currently serves as Professor and Dean of Graduate Education and Business. Dr. Littlefield joined Peirce in 2012.

As Dean of Graduate Education and Business, Dr. Littlefield oversees the College’s Graduate programs, as well as all of the programs in the Business Division. Her responsibilities include the organization, administration, continuous program review, planning, development and general effectiveness of the Division.

As a business professional with more than 26 years of experience in hospitality, human resources, business ownership and higher education, Dr. Littlefield combines practice with scholarship. She has been teaching graduate and undergraduate students at the university level since 2009, and, while at Peirce, was hired as the first full-time faculty member of the graduate division.

She holds a Master's in Business Administration and a Doctorate in Education, and her research interests include organic collaboration, collaborative learning and work environments, team development, course design and technology integration within the scope of teaching and learning. Dr. Littlefield is a published author of scholarly work and has presented at numerous professional conferences.

Dr. Littlefield's professional goals are always focused on student success and doing whatever it takes to impart knowledge, support and commitment to those around her. As an adult-learner herself, she understands the challenges of balancing work, family, civic engagement, community responsibilities and professional demands and helps others achieve that balance as well.

Contact Cathy M. Littlefield, Ed.D.:

    In the Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA) program, the faculty's primary goal is to prepare healthcare practitioners for leadership roles in various sectors of the industry. Our professors guide our students through the utilization of a variety of skills to implement an organizational improvement and change initiative within a healthcare organization and to conduct action research on best practices in healthcare administration.

    When introducing you to the program, the faculty will enable you to develop and understanding of the history of the United States' healthcare system and how it has evolved in theory and practice through economic, financial and regulatory challenges. You'll learn the moral values and ethical principles applicable to complex healthcare organizations and glean a comprehensive understanding of the bioethical and socio-ethical issues of the current day and historical periods. Because contemporary systems are so complex and varied you'll also be taught lessons on healthcare law and compliance to better understand the unique challenges of emerging innovative models of healthcare delivery.

    Because this is a masters-level program, our MSHCA faculty will offer lessons on how to perform as a leader in the healthcare field, imparting in you crucial knowledge about the cultural and technological diversities you'll encounter as a manager in the field.

    Your final coursework includes a faculty-guided virtual healthcare environment with patient flow, from which you will walk away with the knowledge of how to provide detailed analytics for generating effective, safe and quality healthcare improvement. In your capstone, the Healthcare Administration faculty will have you demonstrate your comprehensive understanding of healthcare practices and theories with respect to leadership, research, planning and process implementation.

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