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2009-2010 Catalog 
2009-2010 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Care Administration

Health Sciences and Administration (HSA)

Programs in Health Sciences and Administration

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2102 William S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Director: Suzanne Selig, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.W.
Senior Secretary: Debra Most

Professor Suzanne Selig; Associate Professor Shan Parker; Assistant Professors Arlesia Mathis, John Sonnega, Rie Suzuki; Lecturers Karen Apolloni, Paul Archer, Kimberly Barber, Sherri Berry, Dan Borton, Molly Brennan, Laurie Brewis, Kelly Brown, Karen Burdick, Lisa Campo-Englestein, Carrie Chanter, Chris Clolinger, Suzanne Cupal, Dan Coffield, Marc Dedenbach, Andrea DeSantis, David DeSimone, Len Fleck, Thomas Fockler, Susan Franzen, Nancy Gouin, Larry Hrinik, Traci Kim, Theresa Landis, Ervin Leavy, Karen Meagher, Jon Morey, Pat Murtha, Tim Nemecek, Tammy Rees, Frank Ricica, Christopher Swanson, Bruce Trevithick, Mark Valacak, Deidre Verdun, Deborah White, Cass Wisniewski.  

The health sciences and administration 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 and Physical Therapy 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 Assesment

The Department and its programs participate in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at

Professional Development of Students

The faculty of the Health Sciences and Administration 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 Health Sciences and Administration sponsors several student organizations: Eta Sigma Gamma, Healthcare Administration Student Organization (HASO), Lambda Nu, and the Radiation Therapy Student Organization (RTSO).  


2102 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Faculty Advisor: Rie Suzuki, Ph.D.

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 aCatalog.

Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology

2102 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. Medical technologists produce reliable diagnostic data reflective of patient health status. Physicians rely on the clinical laboratory data provided by medical technologists 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 Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science. 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 MT(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

Program in Medical Technology

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

Environmental Health

2102 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

2102 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Faculty Advisor: Arlesia Mathis, Ph.D.

The Health Care Administration programs prepare 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.

Programs in Health Care Administration

A Concentration program in Health Care Administration  is offered, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree; A Minor is available in Health Care Administration . For students seeking a graduate degree in Health Administration, the University of Michigan-Flint offers a Health Administration track in the MPA (Master’s of Public Administration  ) program and a Health Management track in the MBA (Master of Business Administration  ) program.

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 Education

2102 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Faculty Advisors: Shan Parker, Ph.D., John Sonnega, Ph.D.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Education  emphasizes education and training for entry level health educators who are seeking knowledge and expertise in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Courses often take a real world approach to practicing health education and promotion in a variety of settings. This program is designed to provide students with the required competencies needed to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Programs in Health Education

A Concentration Program in Health Education  is offered, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree; 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 Sciences

2102 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3172 
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Faculty Advisor: Suzanne Selig,  Ph.D.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences  is designed for students with an interest in human health leading to graduate study, or career advancement. Because many students are drawn to the health care field but are often unsure of which direction may be best for them, this degree was designed to expose students to a wide range of health science careers, while providing the foundational courses required for professional health science post-graduate work, such as physical therapy, physician assistant, 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.

Program in Health Sciences

A Concentration Program in Health Sciences  with three tracks is offered, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.

Public Health

2102 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Faculty Advisors: Arlesia Mathis, Ph.D., Shan Parker, Ph.D., Suzanne Selig, Ph.D.  John Sonnega, Ph.D.

An interdisciplinary selection of courses has been designed to give all students access to education in public health. This minor provides opportunities for local and global applications of knowledge, analytical skills, problem solving, team work, all from a population perspective.

Program in Public Health

A Minor in Public Health Science  is offered.

Radiation Therapy  

2102 W.S. White Building
(810) 237-6502
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Program Director: Kelly A. Brown, B.S., R.T.(T), ARRT 
Secretaries: Dianne Scrimger and Karen Curtis

The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy  is a four-year, 130-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 the 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 do 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, 2102 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 Admissions, from the Program Director, and also online at

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 900, Chicago, IL 60606-2901; telephone (312) 704-5300.

Program Mission and Assessment

The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is to provide highquality, 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

Program in Radiation Therapy

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