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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Online health care administration program ranks 4th in the nation

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The OSU-CHS online master’s program in health care administration was recently ranked fourth in the country by Public Health Online, a national resource for individuals in public health.

Last year, the program was ranked fifth by TheBestSchools.org, a website devoted to empowering students with information to select the best schools and degree programs.

“The ranking shows that our health care administration program is growing in both quality and value and continues to move us forward in our mission to ensure Oklahomans have access to quality health care,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum. “The master’s program enables students to become administrators who are prepared to meet the challenge of managing complex health care systems in a constantly changing environment.”

The online master’s program was ranked with 46 other graduate programs in health care administration nationwide.

OSU-CHS doctoral student selected for 2015 Graduate College fellowship


Robert Lewis, an OSU-CHS doctoral student in biomedical sciences, has been selected to receive a 2015 Graduate College Summer Dissertation Fellowship.

His research focuses on the cardiovascular effects of social bonding. He was among 14 OSU doctoral students who received a fellowship. The award comes with $6,000 and a tuition waiver for three credit hours to be applied during summer school.

The summer dissertation fellowships are awarded to support outstanding OSU post-candidacy doctoral students from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary program. This year’s summer dissertation fellowships were announced earlier this month during Graduate Education Week.

Hess wins national Eagle Scout Outstanding Achievement Award


The National Eagle Scout Association recently honored Jim Hess, Ed.D., chair and director of the OSU School of Health Care Administration, with an Outstanding Achievement Award for his professional and public service.

Hess received the award at the Indian Nations Council annual banquet in March. He also is an OSU-CHS professor of family medicine, the BankSNB Professor of Health Care Administration and a Riata Fellow in Entrepreneurship.

The national association annually recognizes individuals in each state who have attained prominence at the state or regional level in their profession, made a positive impact in their community and whose achievements outside of Scouting have touched and inspired others.

First Friday Seminar to focus on relationship between stroke and dementia


Kristian Doyle, Ph.D., assistant professor of immunobiology and neurology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, will examine the role of the immune system in causing dementia following a stroke at the First Friday Seminar tomorrow at noon in D-207.

About 30 percent of stroke patients develop dementia in the months and years following their stroke. Doyle’s research is focused on the hypothesis that, in some stroke patients, dementia is a result of chronic inflammatory response that persists at the site of the stroke lesion.

Doyle also is a research scientist at the Arizona Center on Aging and a faculty member at the BIO5 Institute. His study on the development of dementia after a stroke was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Doyle was awarded an American Federation of Aging Research Fellowship in 2009, an Anita Roberts Young Scientist Scholarship in 2010 and a K99/R00 faculty transition award from the National Institute of Nursing Research in 2012.

The seminar will be hosted by the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Association and is free and open to the public.

Senior mentors offer wisdom, relationships to OSU-COM students

Second-year medical students Ahmed Salous, left, and Greg Bradley show their appreciation to senior mentor Joann Guinn, center, at an April 22 luncheon in Founders Hall.
Second-year medical students Ahmed Salous, left, and Greg Bradley show their appreciation to senior mentor Joann Guinn, center, at an April 22 luncheon in Founders Hall.

Joann Guinn broke into a huge grin when second-year medical students Greg Bradley and Ahmed Salous greeted her at last week’s Senior Mentor Appreciation Lunch in Founders Hall.

“These are my guys,” she said. “I can just see how these young men have grown since I’ve known them and I believe they will make great doctors.”

Guinn is a volunteer in the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Senior Mentor Program, an initiative that pairs healthy older adults with medical students to help develop the interpersonal skills physicians need to build relationships with patients.

The program is part of the Developing the Physician course, a two-year curriculum that includes service-learning activities, patient simulations, shadowing non-physician health care providers and other activities that foster an understanding of the patient and the community.

To read the full story, visit the OSU-CHS website.