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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Public Health and Health Sciences (PHHS)

Programs in Public Health and Health Sciences

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3124 William S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Director: Suzanne Selig, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.W.

Associate Director: Shan Parker, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistance & Information Requests: PHHS-Info@umflint.edu

Professors Suzanne Selig, Robert Buckingham; Associate Professors Shan Parker, Rie Suzuki; Assistant Professors Lenwood Hayman, Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, Gergana Kodjebacheva, Lisa Lapeyrouse, Maximiliano Mendieta, Terry Thompson; Lecturers Brendon Beede, Dan Borton, Molly Brennan, Laurie Brewis, Mary Burns, Lisa Campo-Englestein, Kira Carter-Robinson, Carrie Chanter, Chris Clolinger, Jake Collins, Jim Collins, Suzanne Cupal, Andrea DeSantis, David DeSimone, Amy Dorr, Thomas Downs, Anthony Drautz, Tina Eisenbeis, Thomas Fockler, Rosalind Garcia-Tosi, Cheryl Godmar, Nancy Gouin, Patrice Hatcher, Julie Hollenbeck, Larry Hrinik, Elizabeth Jordan, Rozlyn Kelly, Traci Kim, Theresa Landis, Regina Laurie, Ervin Leavy, Anna Malavisi, Fatema Mamou, Carla Marten, Bonnie McIntosh, Jon Morey, Pat Murtha, Tim Nemecek, Christine Noller, Gary Parr, Anna Perosky,  Elizabeth Ritchie, John Rzyhak, Artina Sadler, Dale Sanders, Amber Shewalter, Brent Smith, Leigh-Anne Stafford, LaRhonda Stallings, Amanda Smith, John Sonnega, Christopher Swanson, Erik Taipalus, Jyothi Thrivikaram, Bruce Trevithick, Janee Tyus, Mark Valacak, Deidre Verdun, Harland Verrill, Jessica Viertlboeck, Cass Wisniewski, Robin Zerka.  

The public health and health sciences programs are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of student interest including:

(1) community health education and health promotion;

(2) administration, management and supervision in provision of health services;

(3) preparation for professional health sciences programs including environmental health, radiation therapy physical therapy, physician assistant and

(4) pre-professional training in clinical laboratory science/medical technology. 

Department Mission 

We are a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals committed to developing culturally competent scholars who advocate for fairness and equity in health.

Program Assessment

The Department and its programs participate in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on individual program assessment plans; including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment.

Professional Development of Students

The faculty of the Public Health and Health Sciences Department strongly encourages active student participation and engagement in professional organizations as a foundation for continued professional growth and development. Such involvement exposes students to current issues in their field, assists in the development of professional networks, and allows for participation in professional conferences at a pivotal point in the development of their careers. To this end, the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences sponsors several student organizations: Eta Sigma Gamma, Healthcare Administration Student Organization (HASO), Lambda Nu, the Physical Therapy Health Education and Rehabilitation Treatment (PT HEART) student-led organization and clinic, the Pre-Physical Therapy Club, Upsilon Phi Delta, and the Radiation Therapy Student Organization (RTSO).  

Declaring a Major in PHHS

To declare a major in the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences, students must complete MTH 090 with a C (2.0) or better or place out of MTH 090 on the math placement test prior to declaring major.

Double Majoring in PHHS

Students wishing to complete a double major to include two programs offered within the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences must complete all requirements for each major, separate internships (where applicable), and different health care electives (where applicable) - all electives to include courses not required by either major. 

Please visit our website for additional PHHS policies. 



3124 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Faculty Advisors: Rie Suzuki, Ph.D. 

It is estimated that two of every ten Americans will be 65 or older by the year 2030.  As the population ages, the needs for people’s knowledge, social services, and policies for aging will grow.  The gerontology minor can prepare individuals to work directly with older persons, provide services in the community and to work on behalf of older persons in areas such as advocacy, research and teaching about aging.

An interdisciplinary selection of courses is designed to: 

(1) provide a minor in conjunction with any major within UM-Flint or

(2) provide a transcript designation (Specialist in Aging Certificate) to professionals and practitioners who have already graduated and are involved or interested in the field of aging.

Programs in Aging/Gerontology

A Minor in Aging/Gerontology or a Specialist in Aging Certificate  is offered.


See Graduate Study  section of Catalog.

Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology

3124 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3174
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Director: Nancy S. Gouin, M.P.H., MT (ASCP)

The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology  (CLS/MTP) provides an undergraduate education to those preparing to enter the field of clinical laboratory science, also known as medical technology. Clinical laboratory scientists produce reliable diagnostic data reflective of patient health status. Physicians rely on the clinical laboratory data provided by laboratory professionals to determine the presence, absence, extent or cause of a disease. Clinical laboratory professionals are essential members of the health care team, uncovering scientific facts leading to the accurate diagnosis and timely treatment of disease. Students of clinical laboratory science develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively in a clinical laboratory environment.

The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology  is designed to provide a broadly based science background including biology, chemistry, and laboratory science course requirements as well as an opportunity to elect courses from humanities and social sciences. The four years of undergraduate study may be followed by a clinical internship year in a hospital or other clinical setting offering an accredited program in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology. Persons may obtain clinical internships through participation in the Medical Technology Internship Matching Program of Michigan (MTIMPM), a competitive process that matches participants to clinical internship programs. Persons may also obtain internships through acceptance into out-of-state clinical internship programs.  Internship graduates are then eligible to take a nationally recognized certification examination conducted by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Successful completion of the certification exam confers MLS(ASCP) certification status and eligibility for numerous types of positions within the field of clinical laboratory science.

Employment opportunities are available in a variety of work settings. Persons are needed to fill the available positions in clinical practice settings of diagnostic laboratories in hospitals, public health agencies and clinics. Career options also exist outside the traditional clinical laboratory. Graduates with backgrounds in clinical laboratory science occupy positions as medical research and development technologists, technical representatives for medical product and medical equipment companies, and other bio-medically related positions in biotechnology companies.

The CLS/MTP program is also an excellent foundation for students preparing for graduate studies in a subdiscipline of interest or for pre-professional training in one of the medical sciences (pre-physician assistant, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry).

Program Mission and Assessment

The Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology  program prepares graduates for clinical laboratory careers and science/medically-related positions in business and industry. The program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment.

Program in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology

A Concentration Program in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology  is offered, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.

Environmental Health

3124 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Faculty Advisor: Suzanne Selig, Ph.D.

The Minor in Environmental Health  provides a basic introduction to the field of environmental health. It is designed to supplement degree work in fields such as chemistry, biology, health care, earth and resource science, or public administration.

Programs in Environmental Health

Minor in Environmental Health. For a major in the environmental health field see the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences  program. 

Health Care Administration

3124 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Faculty Advisors: Gergana Kodjebacheva, Ph.D., Maximiliano Mendieta, Ph.D., Terry Thompson, D.H.A.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration  program prepares individuals to work in a variety of inpatient, ambulatory and other health care settings, including primary care facilities, medical group practices, public health organizations, health insurance companies, federal, state and local agencies, and alternative delivery organizations. Students also pursue graduate degrees in a broad range of fields, including public health, law, medicine, business administration, and health services research.

Mission Statement

The overall mission of the Health Administration program is to prepare our students, who are primarily part-time working adults, to become culturally competent health care leaders in health administration who will contribute to the knowledge base of health care delivery and advocates for fairness and equity in health. 

Programs in Health Care Administration

Two programs in Health Care Administration  are offered, both leading to the Bachelor of Science degree; the General Program in Health Care Administration  and the Honors Program in Health Care Administration . A Minor is available in Health Care Administration .

For students seeking a graduate degree with a concentration in Health Administration, the University of Michigan-Flint offers three options: a Master of Public Health  with a Health Administration track, an MPA (Master’s of Public Administration ) program with a Health Administration track, and an MBA (Master of Business Administration ) program with a Health Management track.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration  program is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). The AUPHA certification reflects the strength, productivity and commitment of our faculty and the achievements of our graduates.

Health Communication


A minor or certificate is available in Health Communication .

Health Education and Behavior

3124 W. S. White Building                       
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Faculty Advisors:  Shan Parker, Ph.D., M.P.H, Lisa Lapeyrouse, Ph.D., Rie Suzuki, Ph.D., Lenwood Hayman, Ph.D.

The Health Education and Behavior  minor emphasizes education for individuals seeking knowledge in Health Education strategies and program implementation. Courses often take a real world approach to practicing health education and promotion in a variety of settings.

Programs in Health Education

A Minor is available in Health Education and Behavior . For students seeking a graduate degree in Health Education, the Department also offers a Master of Science in Health Education  program. 

Health Navigation

Health navigation is a new role in the changing health care environment. Health navigators work
in hospitals, health clinics, human service agencies, and insurance companies. They work with
clients to clarify the health system and health insurance, assist clients to access services they
need and are eligible for, and educate clients regarding overall health. The 18-19 credit hour
health navigation program is open to UM-Flint students as a minor and to non-degree students as
a certificate. The program begins in Fall 2014 and can be completed in 1-2 years.
Courses in the health navigation program are taught by knowledgeable Public Health, Nursing, and
Social Work faculty. The minor/certificate curriculum consists of courses that address:

  • Medical terminology
  • Case management
  • Health promotion
  • Motivational interviewing
  • The Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance
  • Health assessment
  • Health navigation practicum

A minor or certificate is offered in Health Navigation .

Health Sciences

3124 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3172 
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Faculty Advisors: Suzanne Selig,  Ph.D., Molly Brennan, M.P.H.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences  program is designed for students with an interest in human health leading to graduate study, or career advancement. This degree is designed to expose students to a wide range of health science careers, while providing the foundational courses required for most professional health science post-graduate work, such as physical therapy, physician assistant, medicine, dentistry, environmental health, etc.

The minimum 124 credit hour interdisciplinary curriculum provides a sound academic base in general education, biological and physical sciences, and health  sciences. Three tracks are available: pre-physical therapy, environmental health and safety, and general health sciences. The pre-physical therapy track is uniquely designed for entry into the University of Michigan-Flint’s Physical Therapy Program (Doctor of Physical Therapy)  program. The track in environmental health and safety prepares graduates for positions in public sector settings, including local and state health departments; and in private sector positions such as chemical waste management, and workplace safety. The general health sciences track is available for students pursuing other health sciences professional programs (e.g., physician assistant, dentistry, medicine). For this track, careful course selection beyond B.S. in Health Sciences requirements should be made after consulting current, available information from the specific university professional program of interest.

Mission Statement

The mission of the B.S. in Health Sciences is to provide a strong foundation in the health and human sciences for students intending to pursue professional graduate studies in physical therpay and other professional health science programs.  The combined program components in basic science and health science will enable students to become effective and productive health professionals who value the diversity of the various communities in which they work and serve.

Programs in Health Sciences

Two Programs in Health Sciences  are offered, both leading to the Bachelor of Science degree: the General Program in Health Sciences  and the Honors Program in Health Sciences .

Public Health

3124 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Program Director: Shan Parker, Ph.D.

Faculty Advisors: Lisa Lapeyrouse, Ph.D. Rie Suzuki, Ph.D., Lenwood Hayman, P.h.D.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health  prepares students for a wide range of entry level public health positions. The coursework includes the foundational knowledge of public health practice (epidemiology, health policy, global health) and reflects the values of public health: community engagement, disease prevention, health promotion and serving vulnerable populations. The program’s major focus on health education prepares students to implement behavior modification and lifestyle changes for individuals, families and communities. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the competencies required to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam 

Programs in Public Health

Two programs in Public Health  are offered, both leading to the Bachelor of Science degree; the General Program in Public Health  and the Honors Program in Public Health .  A Minor is also available in Public Health . For a Master of Public Health See Graduate Study  section of Catalog.

Mission Statement

We are “Public Health in the City.”  our diverse faculty offer a dynamic, community engaged educational experience to prepare public health leaders to work to reduce health inequities in underserved populations.

Vision Statement

We will be known for our learning environment which is informed by the knowledge and experiences of our diverse student, faculty and community partners, who together develop achievable and innovative solutions to public health challenges within our city and beyond.  Our solutions will be characterized by the synergy between multicultural local and global perspectives.


Diversity: Our diverse faculty and students bring their highly varied ideas, beliefs, and cultures to classroom interactions, scholarly activities, and community partnerships.

Social Justice: Our students and faculty engage in professional activities to reduce social disparities and health inequities in our communities.

Ethical Practice: Uphold high standards of honesty, integrity, and fairness in public health research, teaching, and service.

Professionalism: Model the duties and responsibilities of public health consistent with the code of conduct for the field.

Community/Partnerships: Engaging in mutually beneficial community collaborations built on respect, trust, and personal commitment to improve the public health status of local and global communities.

Global: Create an educational synergy among domestic and international students, faculty, and communities that foster learning and practice opportunities that improve public health across cultures.


Radiation Therapy  

3124 W.S. White Building
(810) 237-6502
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Program Director: Julie Hollenbeck, M.Ed., R.T.(T) 

The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy  is a four-year, 124-credit, baccalaureate degree program. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, the graduate is eligible to take the Radiation Therapy Certification Examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

The profession of Radiation Therapy involves the use of high-energy radiation in the treatment of disease, primarily cancer. Radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy. As a team member the radiation therapist administers the radiation to an exact area of the patient’s body as prescribed by a physician. In order to effectively treat patients, various types of equipment are utilized, such as high-energy linear accelerators. In addition, radiation therapists monitor the patient’s progress while they are receiving radiation therapy, observe for signs of any complications, and determine when treatment should be withheld until a physician is consulted. A radiation therapist also offers  great deal of emotional support to the cancer patient during their treatment course.

The structure of the Radiation Therapy program includes two years of general education requirements and pre-professional courses. The professional program begins in the summer of the junior year and continues for 22 consecutive months through April of the senior year. Didactic classes in the junior year are taught on the University of Michigan-Flint campus. The didactic classes taught in the senior year are held at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. The clinical practicum begins September of the junior year. Juniors attend clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am-3:30 pm. Seniors attend Monday-Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm in the spring and summer and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm in the fall and winter semesters. The student is required to complete one week on the early shift to learn quality assurance procedures in RTT 403, 404, and 405. The student will never exceed forty hours of combined classroom and clinical time per week.

Admission to the Radiation Therapy program

University of Michigan-Flint students applying to the program can obtain an application by contacting the Program Office, 3124 W.S. White Building. The Radiation Therapy Program Director must receive completed applications, including all references by May 1 of the calendar year of the intended summer semester enrollment. Students will be admitted in the summer term only. In order to be admitted to the program all prerequisite courses must be successfully completed. Students applying to the program who are not UM-Flint students at the time of application must also submit a completed UM-Flint application including any transfer transcripts, indicating “Radiation Therapy” as the proposed field of study. Forms to apply for admission to the University are available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, from the Program Director, and also online at www.umflint.edu.

All qualified applicants will be invited to interview with the Admissions Committee. However, should the number of applications to the program far exceed the number of positions available, the program’s Admissions Committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviewed applicants to two times the number of positions available in the class.

The Radiation Therapy  Program at UM-Flint is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182; telephone (312) 704-5300.

Program Mission and Assessment

The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is to provide high quality, professional radiation therapy education to undergraduate students by: preparing graduates in radiation therapy to meet the needs of society through theory-based radiation therapy practice; preparing graduates who have the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with respect for cultural and human diversity; maintaining a radiation therapy curriculum that reflects the interactive aspects of radiation therapy with the psychosocial behavioral, physical, and natural sciences; collaborating with local and regional institutions/organizations to provide access to professional radiation therapy education; promoting service and scholarly endeavors relating to health care needs of the community of Flint and Southeastern Michigan; promoting lifelong learning for graduates in Radiation Therapy. The program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment.

Program in Radiation Therapy

A  Concentration Program in Radiation Therapy  is offered, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.


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