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Beacom Flu Shot Clinic Prepares Students for Winter

The Beacom School of Business Health Services Administration Department group who administered the flu shots. They are all wearing face coverings. Students and faculty in the USD Beacom School of Business Health Services Administration program hosted a flu shot clinic in Beacom Hall this fall.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business Health Services Administration program hosted a flu shot clinic Oct. 19 in Beacom Hall to give students a more convenient way to maintain their vaccination schedule. More than 200 students, faculty and staff received vaccinations during the five-hour program.

The program was a collaborative effort between Sanford Health Vermillion and Beacom’s Administration of Health Services Organizations course (HSAD 435).

“We wanted to host this flu shot clinic to provide students a quick and easy option to get their flu shot between classes,” said Jewel Goodman Shepherd, Ph.D., assistant professor of health services administration. “In our course, we have several discussions on the importance of providing increased access to essential care and this flu shot clinic was an example of creating that access and bridging the gaps.”

HSAD students experienced the logistics of hosting an event that protects the community. For the past three years, the students enrolled in HSAD 435 have worked with the clinic director from Sanford Health Vermillion to assist with the administration of the flu shot clinic across campus and in the community. This year, students in Shepherd’s Health Services Administration and Epidemiology course (HSAD 400) were also invited to participate to better understand the impact of herd immunity and vaccine efficacy.

The program was successful, and Shepherd said she will continue this collaboration with Sanford Health Vermillion annually during the fall semester. In addition, she is exploring opportunities for HSAD students to be involved in a COVID-19 vaccination event when they are available.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News