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School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-2369

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562

School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562


image of Ciara Bazinski standing next to her research poster

EHS graduating senior Ciara Bazinski was one of six students selected to receive a 2020 scholarship awarded by the Michigan Safety Conference, a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the improvement of workplace safety and health practices in the State of Michigan.

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Dr. Elise Brown, assistant professor of wellness and health promotion, was interviewed about her research on grip strength as a predictor of diabetes by Consultant360, a direct-to-practitioner messaging platform designed to provide timely and relevant clinical information to improve patient care.

image of Jennifer Lucarelli holding a basket of fruits and vegetables in a market

In a recent video interview on Civic Center TV and 89.3 Lakes FM, Professor Jennifer Lucarelli talks about helping create a local emergency food system to reduce potential COVID-19 transmission for those in need. For her tireless efforts in serving the community during this public health crisis, Dr. Lucarelli was named WJR Radio’s first “Hometown Hero” in collaboration with Sanders Candy.

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A new report by college ranking website shows that recent graduates of OU's public health master’s program and its related bachelor’s program earn among the highest median salaries in the nation compared to other recent graduates in those fields.

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As part of OU's COVID-19 response, Jennifer Lucarelli, Ph.D., associate professor and chair, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, has helped transform the Oakland Center into a collaborative food distribution center. The Detroit Free Press recently published Dr. Lucarelli's opinion editorial on the current emergency food system.

image of a girl in a Golden Grizzlies sweatshirt holding a diabetes research tool

Elise Brown, Ph.D., assistant professor of wellness and health promotion, is the lead author on a new research study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that establishes grip strength cut points to assess diabetes risk in apparently healthy U.S. adults. 

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OU professors Sara Arena, Christopher Wilson and Kris Thompson, along with DPT students, participated in an interprofessional training on "patients of size." The collaborative initiative also included OU undergraduate nursing students and EMS students from MCC.
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MPH student Paola Nkwuzor, who oversees the Parent University as part of the OU-Pontiac Initiative under the direction of Teresa Rodges, was recently featured on WDIV-DET Local 4 News to showcase free classes on nutritional cooking. 

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Deborah Doherty, PT, Ph.D., an associate professor with the Physical Therapy Program, chaired OU's fourth annual Interprofessional Workshop on Opioid Abuse.

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CDS senior Annie Fuelle helped launch the Future Leader Dogs Club to allow OU students to raise puppies that will become guide dogs through Leader Dogs’ training program.

image of two girls leaning against park equipment at a park with swings and bikes in the backgroundOU professors Laurel Stevenson and Jennifer Lucarelli to oversee awarded grant to initiate community-based program "Prescription for a Healthy Pontiac." 
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CDS student Arwa Hadid was awarded first place in the Professional category for the American Society of Microbiology's 5th Annual Agar Art Contest.

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This video showcases the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science undergraduate degree program, which explores physical fitness and human movement through hands-on experience.

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A new Dual Degree "4 + 1" program enables students to earn a bachelor’s in Wellness and Health Promotion and a master’s in Public Health in just five years

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Darryl Hill, Ph.D., CSP, environmental health and safety lecturer, was honored with the Distinguished Service to Safety Award, which is the highest professional award given by the National Safety Council. 

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EHS students Ciara Bazinski and Ryan Papiernik were among 13 recipients to be awarded scholarships by the National Safety Council.   

image of a girl riding an exercise bike with three other girls standing around her to measure her statsA new Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science program will help prepare students for careers in exercise and fitness, health and wellness, and cardiac rehabilitation, as well as post-graduate programs.

image of an outdoor fitness facilityOU's new fitness court emphasizes health and wellness across campus and into the surrounding community. 
image of a woman sitting on a bench in front of a brick wall holding booksOU announces a new Bachelor of Science in Nutrition undergraduate degree program. Dr. Amanda Lynch, Ph.D, R.D., will serve as program director. 
Headshot of Kristin Landis-Power.Kristin Landis-Piwowar, Ph.D., associate dean and associate professor of health sciences, was named one of Crain's Detroit Business 2019 Notable Women in STEM
Group of adults at a conference, posing for a photo.Dr. Jackie Drouin (pictured far left) leads international colleagues in the formal approval of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy subgroup for Oncology, HIV/AIDS, Hospice and Palliative Care. 
Pike St. in downtown Pontiac.Pontiac's grant-supported, free drop-in sports program continues to impact the needs of the community. The program was developed by Jennifer Lucarelli, Ph.D., associate professor and chair, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences.
man in a blue jacket seated at a table, looking forward, with other adults blurred in the backgroundOU School of Health Sciences, along with community partner MedNetOne, host community leaders at 2019 Healthology Symposium
image of a road with a person riding a bike in the bike lane with a bike lane signDr. Jennifer Lucarelli's leadership in the OU-Pontiac Initiative continues to make a difference in the community and on campus. 
Physical Therapist performing in-home therapy for an older man.Drs. Sara Arena and Chris Wilson created the 'HOP-UP-PT' physical therapy program, which focuses on providing early preventative interventions to at-risk seniors. 
Man standing on an electronic device in an exercise science classroom with fitness equipment.A new study by Dann Goble, Ph.D., associate professor of exercise science, helps athletic trainers improve concussion management. 
Headshot of Darryl HillSafety expert and environmental health and safety lecturer Darryl Hill, Ph.D., CSP, says hands-free cell phone legislation will reduce road risks, but conversations are still a distraction. 
Students in a class observing a professor teach about mechanical equipment.OU's Environmental Health and Safety degree program ranked among top in nation by Value Colleges (VC), an online ranking system that compares the most affordable colleges with the best return on investment. 
MPH Alumni Help Local CompanyMPH alumni help MedNetOne achieve its goals of improving patient outcomes, improving patient satisfaction, reducing healthcare costs and improving physician satisfaction. 
Laurel StevensonLaurel Dolin Stevenson, Ph.D., assistant professor of interdisciplinary health sciences, was recognized as 2018 Outstanding Junior Investigator by OU's Research Office. 
WilsonDr. Chris Wilson, assistant professor of physical therapy, also serves as director of Beaumont Health's Oncology Rehabilitation Residency Program, the first accredited program of its kind in the country. 
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OU TV Focus on Faculty details the academic journey of Dr. Daniel Goble, creator of BTrackS and associate professor of exercise science. 

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Beth Black, PT, DSc, associate professor of physical therapy, is an advocate of community health promotion, co-teaching a course for those living with Multiple Sclerosis. 

Physical Therapy Workshop

With a focus on promoting a community-based approach to health education, DPT students learn from patients and caregivers at a physical therapy workshop

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SHS student Sam Howell, an accident survivor, along with Michigan State Police, discuss the dangers of distracted driving

 Students and faculty join OU mascot Grizz to dance to the Oakland Fight Song March 21 at the  OU O’Rena.

For class credit, SHS students create a short video encouraging daily exercise and healthy eating as part of February's Heart Health campaign.

Case Study Discussion

With the goal of curbing the nation's growing opioid epidemic, SHS students and faculty participate in the second annual Interprofessional Workshop on Opioid Abuse

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This video showcases the 2018 Healthology Symposium. This event provides a culminating focus for SHS faculty, students and community partners to celebrate impactful research and scholarship that affect health outcomes. 

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Following an extensive evaluation, the Master of Public Health program earns accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). 

SHS Board of Advocacy and Resource Development

SHS brings together more than a dozen leaders in health to form a new Board of Advocacy and Resource Development (BOARD), which will help support academic, research and community engagement programs. 


Jennifer Lucarelli, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, has been named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Health Sciences Assistant Professor Caress Dean talks with WXOU radio news director Sydney Rekar and student Erin Ben-Moche about heart health

Caress Dean, Ph.D., joins SHS as a new assistant professor of public health. The Bahamas native conducts research on cardiovascular disease prevention and management.  

Students and faculty accept award from American Society of Safety Engineers President and dean of the School of Health Sciences

OU's EHS program and alumni were recognized for excellence in research, scholarship and service by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

School of Health Sciences Dean Kevin Ball and Oakland University Provost James Lentini stand with MIOSHA Division Director Nella Davis-Ray holding signed paper for program alliance

OU and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) form a new alliance to foster growth of workplace safety and health occupations. 

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Sprout Fresh Food Store, a Pontiac-based produce market, hosts an event featuring free produce taste testings, prizes, recipe ideas and more. 

Two School of Health Sciences students stand in Environmental Health and Safety lab

EHS students Erika Cleary and Mary Asher were awarded the grand prize by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) for their poster highlighting research on indoor air quality.  

Event attendees sit in large lecture hall in the Human Health Building listening to speaker, School of Health Sciences Dean Kevin Ball

OU's School of Health Sciences hosted the inaugural Healthology Symposium. The event provided an opportunity for aspiring professionals, alumni and health leaders to explore contemporary health challenges and discuss the complexity of health within its varied contexts.