CalSouthern Faculty Mentors

CalSouthern’s faculty mentors are talented, highly credentialed educators who are also experienced practitioners in the subject areas in which they teach—and they use that practical experience to help learners apply the concepts they learn to current, real-world issues.

A common misconception about online learning is that it is impersonal, that learners are on their own. At CalSouthern, that could not be further from the truth. Faculty mentors get to know their students and provide one-on-one, personalized feedback on their assignments. They are also available by email, phone or Skype to answer their questions or provide any additional support or guidance they might need.

To learn more about CalSouthern’s faculty mentors, their professional and academic backgrounds and research areas of interest, please use the directory below.


Danielle Philipson, MHA

Faculty Mentor, School of Nursing

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Healthcare informatics; population health; online education.

Danielle M. Philipson has more than 14 years of experience in health care administration, including experience providing online education in the healthcare field. She holds a Master of Health Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Irvine. Mrs. Philipson has taught courses on medical law and ethics, healthcare planning and evaluation, and healthcare finance, among others. 

As a healthcare consultant, she assists clients in developing organization-wide training regarding the use of data in decision making, developing data infrastructure to support continuous improvement activities, and implementing Lean as a management system in the healthcare environment. She has previously worked as the data manager to support five hospitals and one shared services campus through their Lean implementation, as a senior performance improvement coordinator at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (Long Beach, Cal if.), and as a clinical performance analyst at Eisenhower Medical Center (Rancho Mirage, Calif.). 

In addition to her experience in hospital environments, Mrs. Philipson has worked in a variety of other healthcare settings including a student health center, a pediatrics office, and an imaging company. Since 2006, she has served as an online adjunct faculty member and has developed healthcare courses for a number of institutions. In her spare time, Mrs. Philipson enjoys traveling internationally and participating in half marathons.

Educational Background
Bachelor of Arts (BA) — University of California, Irvine
Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) — Cornell University