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Public Health and Health Sciences (PHHS)

 Programs in Public Health and Health Sciences

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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: Angie Besaw

Professor Suzanne Selig; Associate Professor Shan Parker; Assistant Professors Yu (Sunny) Kang, Arlesia Mathis, Sam Oberstein, John Sonnega, Rie Suzuki; Lecturers Paul Archer, Kimberly Barber, Amy Bascom-Lattin, Sherri Berry, Dan Borton, Molly Brennan, Laurie Brewis, Kelly Brown, Lisa Campo-Englestein, Robin Carter, Carrie Chanter, Chris Clolinger, Suzanne Cupal, Andrea DeSantis, David DeSimone, Kay Doerr, Amy Dorr, Thomas Downs, Len Fleck, Thomas Fockler, Susan Franzen, Cheryl Godmar, Nancy Gouin, Marilyn Harvey, Patrice Hatcher, Larry Hrinik, Randy Jones, Elizabeth Jordan, Traci Kim, Theresa Landis, Regina Laurie, Ervin Leavy, Fatema Mamou, Jon Morey, Pat Murtha, Tim Nemecek, Kevin Price, Frank Ricica, John Rzyhak, Artina Sadler, Lauren Shirey, Leigh-Anne Stafford, Joseph Stramando, Christopher Swanson, Erik Taipalus, Bruce Trevithick, Mark Valacak, Deidre Verdun, Deborah White, Melinda Wilkins, Darla Williams, 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 
      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 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, 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.

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

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 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

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 Advisors: Yu (Sunny) Kang, Ph.D., Arlesia Mathis, Ph.D., Sam Oberstein, Ph.D.

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 Education

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

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

The Bachelor of Science in Health Education  program 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.

Mission Statement

The overall mission of the Health Education program is to promote the health and well-being of our community by preparing our students, who are primarily part-time working adults, to become culturally competent, community-oriented health educators with expertise in theory-based practice, by contributing to the knowledge base of health education, and by serving as a resource to the community. 

Programs in Health Education

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

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

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.  Rie Suzuki, Ph.D.  Yu (Sunny) Kang, Ph.D. Sam Oberstein, Ph.D.


An interdisciplinary selection of courses has been designed to include the foundational elements of an education in public health. This minor provides opportunities for local and global applications of knowledge, analytical skills, problem solving, teamwork, all from a population perspective.  


Current areas of emphasis in Public Health include the need for a broader development and application of population-based prevention programs, health promotion and disease prevention to improve the health status of the workplace and the community, including a clean, safe environment.  

Programs in Public Health

A Minor in Public Health  is offered. For a Master of Public Health See Graduate Study  section of Catalog.

Radiation Therapy  

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

Program Director: Kelly A. Brown, M.P.A., 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 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, 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 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 900, Chicago, IL 60606-2901; 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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