Honor Society

About the UPD Honor Society

Mission Statement

The mission of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is to recognize, reward, and encourage academic excellence in the study of healthcare management and policy.

The goals of the Society are as follows:

  • To encourage interest in academic preparation for careers in healthcare management and policy
  • To promote activity that will elevate the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of women and men preparing for careers in healthcare management, policy, and leadership
  • To provide financial assistance through scholarships to outstanding students pursuing academic degrees that prepare individuals for careers in healthcare management, policy, and leadership
  • To recognize, by means of granting honorary memberships, individuals who have made outstanding contribution to the profession

Current Chapters

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UPD Membership
Membership in Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is open to individuals who meet the national and local standards of this organization and are accepted and initiated into membership of a collegiate chapter. Membership is open to students, faculty, healthcare executives and administrators, and to those contributing to the healthcare administration profession.

Minimum Standards for Students
Undergraduate members must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in 18 hours of work after officially declaring a healthcare administration major at an AUPHA Member Program. Graduate members must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 based on at least 18 hours of graduate work at an AUPHA Member Program.

Chapter Dues
Annual Chapter dues are $100 per academic program. Where a university or college has graduate, undergraduate, and doctoral programs, an application for each program must be submitted and a chapter fee paid for each program.

Chapter Activity

Individual chapters are autonomous and can plan activities and functions based on the members’ interests and individual program needs, as long as they are in compliance with the Approved Policies and Procedures.

Apply for chapter status by downloading the UPD Chapter Application and fax it to (703) 894-0941 or email to cbeltran@aupha.org.

*Note, UPD Chapter Applications will only be accepted by current AUPHA member programs. If you are a student interested in induction to the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society and are at a current AUPHA member program, please see your Program Director for more information. 


For inquiries related to the UPD Honor Society, please contact Carolina Beltran via email, phone (703) 894-0940 x115, fax (703) 894-0941 or mail to: 

Carolina Beltran
2000 14th Street North
Suite 780
Arlington, VA 22201

Current Honor Society Chapters

Alma College
Appalachian State University
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham*
Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Army Baylor Graduate Program
AT Still University
Auburn University
University of Baltimore
Barry University
Boston University, School of Public Health
University of California - Los Angeles
California State University - Chico
California State University - Northridge
California State University, Los Angeles 
University of Central Florida*
Clayton State University
College of Saint Elizabeth
Cornell University
Davenport University
University of Detroit-Mercy
Dillard University
Drexel University
East Carolina University
Eastern Washington University
University of Florida
Florida International University
George Mason University*
George Washington University
Georgetown University*
Georgia State University
Governors State University*
Hofstra University
University of Houston-Clear Lake
University of the Incarnate Word
Indiana University
University of Iowa
Jefferson College
Johns Hopkins University
University of Kentucky
Loyola University
University of Maryland University College
Marymount University
Medical South Carolina
University of Memphis
Methodist University
Metropolitan State College of Denver
University of Miami
University of Michigan-Flint
University of Minnesota*
University of Minnesota-Duluth
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of New Hampshire
New York University
Norfolk State University
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
University of North Florida*
Ohio State University
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Old Dominion University
Oregon State University
Pacific University
Park University
Penn State University - Harrisburg
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
Portland State University
University of Puerto Rico
Rosalind Franklin University
Rush University Medical Center
Saint Louis University*
University of Scranton*
Seton Hall University
Simmons College
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Southern Indiana
University of St. Francis
Stevenson University
Stonehill College
Tennessee State University
Texas A&M Health Sciences Center
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
University of Texas at Arlington
Texas State University*
Texas Tech University
Texas Woman's University
Towson University
Trinity University
Tulane University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Walden University*
Weber State University*
Winthrop University
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Xavier University*


*denotes programs with both a Graduate and an Undergraduate Chapter

Charter Members

Charter chapters are those chapters that originated the earliest drafts of the bylaws and agreed to the creation of a national honorary society.  The Charter members were established on September 1, 1999.  They are:
The University of Arkansas
Georgetown University
University of Florida
University of Houston-Clear Lake
University of Minnesota
University of New Hampshire
University of North Florida
University of South Carolina
University of Washington
Washington University

Organizing Chapters

Organizing chapters are those chapters that were founded prior to the finalizing of the Society's Constitution and who assisted in the development of the national organization.  They are:

University of Baltimore
University of Memphis  
University of Scranton
Seton Hall University
Towson University