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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

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Healthology Symposium

Mission: Where science, practice and social interests meet, the Healthology Symposium celebrates impactful collaborative approaches for addressing upstream social determinants of health in achieving better downstream care.  Our focus rotates annually among four departmental themes.

Vision: More than promoting quality health care, we envision a true health system of collaborative leadership and inter-professional pursuits — sharing goals, challenges, and solutions to promote the public good — growing healthy communities mind, body and "soil".

Through research and engagement, Healthology enables students, faculty and community partners to make meaningful connections, affecting positive change and impacting the needs of citizens within the campus community and beyond.

The goals of our Healthology Symposium are expressed in this video.


Beyond COVID-19: Igniting Innovation in Health

November 12 | 5:30 p.m.

We have pivoted our 2020 event to a virtual model. Our focus is on the creative solutions developed across different health sectors in response to the unique challenges of this pandemic.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is causing great individual harm, this disruption also is harming society, affecting the delivery of services, exposing or exacerbating health care inequities, and revealing a lack of fairness and preparedness. 

In this exciting 2020 edition, we share stories of diverse health leaders who, through creative problem-solving and fortitude, have adapted and responded to the public health crisis in the face of adversity, turning challenges into opportunities.

What have we learned? What innovative solutions are now being implemented? How will we be better prepared moving forward? 

These are stories not just of survivors, but of thrivers! 

This event is free of charge and open to the public. 


Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsorship: $5,000 

Benefits: Thirty-second video clip introducing event, logos appearing at the beginning and end of program, name on electronic invites, marketing materials, social media posts, and company listing with hyperlink on Healthology web page.

Speaker Sponsorship (2 available): $2,500 

Benefits: Twenty-second video clip introducing speaker, logos appearing at the beginning and end of program, name on electronic invites, and company listing with hyperlink on Healthology web page. 

Networking Room Sponsorship (3 available): $1,000 

Benefits: Named virtual room, representative acknowledged in post-event networking event, name on electronic invites, and logos appearing at the beginning and end of program.

Friends of the School of Health Sciences: $500

Support includes: Name listed on event web page and at the end of program.

Contributors to Healthology 2020: $250 

Support includes: Name listed on event web page. 

For questions, please contact Sarah Brown at or (248) 364-8798
or Tanya Griffith at (313) 244-7901 or 

List of Sponsors

We are grateful for the generous support of the following donors and friends:

Black and Gold $5,000
Priority Health
Kevin Arthur Ball
and Margaret Afheldt 

Speaker Sponsorship $2,500
Beaumont Health

Leadership Donors $1,000
Davis Vision
Wellness Works 
Medical Main Street
John and Patricia Waugh

Previous Symposiums

BETTER upstream Health, BETTER downstream Care:  It takes a team

Celebrating Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences
Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Keynote:  Michael Laposata

Michael Laposata, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. He developed an innovative method of systematically interpreting clinical laboratory data and eliminating guesswork by creating diagnostic medical teams, or DMTs. The teams are a collaborative approach, with pathologists, clinical laboratory scientists, expert physicians and others, designed to offer healthcare professionals assistance in selecting appropriate diagnostic tests and interpreting results for individual patients. Dr. Laposata spearheaded DMTs at several institutions, including Vanderbilt University, with data showing improved patient outcomes, shorter hospital stays and reduced health care costs.

Dr. Laposata is the recipient of 14 major teaching prizes at Harvard, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 2016, in the international journal The Pathologist, he was identified as the most influential pathologist in the United States, and the third most influential pathologist in the world.

BETTER upstream Health, BETTER downstream Care

Celebrating Public and Environmental Wellness
Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Keynote:  Rishi Manchanda

Rishi Manchanda, M.D., MPH, is founder and president of HealthBegins, a social enterprise that provides training, clinic redesign and technology to transform health care and the social determinants of health. Dr. Manchanda is a dual board-certified internist and pediatrician, a board member of the National Physicians Alliance, and a fellow in the California Health Care Foundation’s Healthcare Leadership program. He is the lead physician for homeless primary care at the VA in Los Angeles, where he has built clinics for high-utilizer homeless veterans with complex chronic disease.

Dr. Manchanda was the first director of Social Medicine and Health Equity at a large community health center network in south Los Angeles. In 2008, he started RxDemocracy, a nonpartisan coalition that has registered over 30,000 voters in doctors’ offices and hospitals nationwide. His 2013 book, “The Upstream Doctors,” introduces a new model of the health care workforce that includes clinical upstreamists who address social determinants of health. In 2014, Dr. Manchanda was recognized in The Atlantic magazine as one of 20 leading health care innovators in America.

Healthy Pontiac, We Can!  An Interdisciplinary approach to Community Health

Celebrating Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Keynote:  Jennifer Lucarelli

Jennifer Lucarelli, Ph.D. is the community chairperson of the Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Coalition, which aims to increase healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco-free living in the Pontiac community.  Since its formation in 2011, Healthy Pontiac has grown to include over 40 partnering organizations, has received state and federal grant funding to support nutrition and physical activity environment, policy, and program initiatives in a variety of settings.  Dr. Lucarelli employs both qualitative and quantitative research methodology and values the use of community-based participatory research in which community partners are involved in all aspects of the research study.  Dr. Lucarelli aims to translate findings into policies, programs, and environmental changes that will directly benefit the community.