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433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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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 a woman standing in an orthotist and prosthetist lab.

Tamara L. Treanore, C.O., founding director and special instructor of the Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Studies program, was interviewed on the Oakland County Megacast. She talked about the unique new specialization within the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree, the first of its kind in Michigan. OU has a clinical agreement in place with Wright & Filippis, a well-recognized leader in prosthetics, orthotics and accessibility solutions, which will provide students with exceptional hands-on experience.

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The online Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is ranked #1 in Michigan and #9 nationally in the 15 Best Online Bachelor's in Public Health by Best Health Degrees, a source for information about health care degrees and programs.

image of a person using the outdoor fitness center at Rec Well

OU earns national recognition by NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation for its multi-faceted, innovative approach to supporting health and wellness among students and employees. Oakland's Healthy Campus initiative grew out of a 2018 summit with the School of Health Sciences, University Human Resources, University Recreation and Well-Being and the university’s benefit broker. 

image of Kate Nye standing in a weight room with the Olympics symbol behind her

Kate Nyea health sciences major, is an Olympic champion. She won a silver medal in the women’s 76-kilogram/156-pound weightlifting event at the Tokyo Olympics. The 22-year old established herself as a top contender in the sport of weightlifting, becoming a world champion in 2019. Photo provided courtesy of Sophie Hume.

image of a weight room with a person lifting weights

Dr. Elise Brown, assistant professor of wellness and health promotion, is part of a group of OU researchers who used data from medical studies around the world to examine the impact of resistance training on type 2 diabetes risk. She served as faculty mentor to Raza Qadir, a recent OUWB graduate and the paper’s lead author. Their findings were published in the journal Sports Medicine.

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Dr. Thomas Schenk, assistant professor and director of the environmental health and safety program, provided expert commentary in an article about workers' compensation insurance on AdvisorSmith.com. He shared insights on steps employers can take to improve worker safety and health in workplaces, and the role individual employees play in their own personal safety. 

aerial view of the Human Health Building

OU's Human Health Building has been selected as the winner of the 2021 Best of Rochester Award in the category of science by the Rochester Award Program, which recognizes local businesses that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

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Michelle Southward, director of academic advising and student services, is this year's recipient of the Outstanding Administrative Professional Award, which recognizes an individual that has been at OU for more than six years, and has demonstrated extraordinary effort in support of the university's mission and strategic plan. Southward has served at OU for nearly 20 years, and has made outstanding contributions to the campus community and beyond.

headshot of Kelli Dowd

Kelli Dowd, coordinator for student services, leadership and engagement, is the recipient of the 2021 New Administrative Professional Award. This award is presented to an individual who has worked for the university for three years or less and has demonstrated achievement beyond the call of daily tasks and responsibilities, contributed unique ideas and a collaborative work ethic, and displayed promising leadership qualities.

Florence Dallo sitting on a bench, reading a book

Professor Florence J. Dallo, director of wellness and health promotion, commented for a story about the community vaccine rollout on WXYZ-TV7 in Detroit. She was also recently cited in an article by courthousenews.com on the alarming spike in COVID-19 cases in Michigan. Dr. Dallo said new variants and COVID fatigue were the main reasons for the latest surge.

screenshot of a Zoom presentation with the text "5th Annual IPE Workshop Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome"

OU's fifth annual Interprofessional Education Workshop on opioid abuse took place virtually with nearly 300 students participating from a variety of health-oriented academic programs. This year's event was focused on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. 

headshot of Karly St. Aubin

EHS student Karly St. Aubin was awarded a 2020 scholarship by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals Foundation, which annually supports high-achieving students aspiring to become safety professionals.

image of a man helping a woman improve her hand grip through physical therapy

Assistant Professor Chris Wilson, P.T., DPT, DSc.P.T., was named one of twelve physical therapists worth watching in 2021 by WebPT. Dr. Wilson co-authored the newly published book, Physical Activity and Rehabilitation in Life-threatening Illness, which is a comprehensive summary of the recommendations for best practice, and current evidence, for physical activity and rehabilitation of functional deficits in individuals with end-stage diseases. 

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Since we were unable to gather in-person for commencement, we celebrated virtually on December 18. The School of Health Sciences Fall 2020 Virtual Commencement Celebration video features a keynote address by Ms. Telva McGruder, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at General Motors, and vice-chair of the school's Board of Advocacy and Resource Development.

image of Florence Dallo standing in an office

Florence J. Dallo, Ph.D., professor and director, wellness and health promotion, was featured in an insightful article titled “Racism impact: No longer a Black/White issue” that appeared in Downtown Publications.

image of Dean Kevin Ball standing in the Human Health Building

Dr. Kevin A. Ball, dean and professor, was interviewed by Oakland County Megacast on a variety of topics, including Healthology 2020 “Beyond COVID-19: Igniting Innovation in Health” held on November 12.

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Jessica Jannaman, SHS '08, '14, was named a 2020 National Safety Council (NSC) Rising Star of Safety, which recognizes the next generation of safety leaders who demonstrate safety leadership and are dedicated to continuous improvement in safety. She serves as chair of the EHS Industry Advisory Board.

image of Annie Fuelle standing on a porch in her graduation cap and gown

Annie Fuelle, SHS '20, has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Honors College Humanitarian Award, which was established to recognize students who have demonstrated “sustained humanitarian involvement” during their time at OU.

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OU's Environmental Health and Safety program helped Chase and Jessica Salazar transform their shared passion for helping others into successful careers as EHS professionals. The couple pursued degrees in Occupational Safety and Health.

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Stephanie Mabry, SHS '10, and Dr. Nicholas J. Siekirk, SHS '12, were named as awardees of the Young Alumni “10 Within 10” class of 2020 by the OU Alumni Association's Young Alumni Chapter. These awards recognize the exceptional impact that OU alumni make within their professions and throughout their communities. 

image of Kirstin Landis-Piwowar leaning against a window in the Human Health Building

Dr. Kristin Landis-Piwowar, associate dean and professor of clinical and diagnostic sciences, has been named ASCLS –Michigan Member of the Year by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. The award recognizes an exceptional clinical laboratory scientist in Michigan who is active in professional, civic, and non-professional activities.

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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 GradReports.com 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.

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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.

Annie Fuelle sitting in a chair holding a golden retriever puppy.

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." 
Arwa Hadid in a white lab coat and blue gloves in a Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences lab with other students seated behind her.

CDS student Arwa Hadid was awarded first place in the Professional category for the American Society of Microbiology's 5th Annual Agar Art Contest. Hadid's stunning microbial art was also featured in Smithsonian Magazine.

A woman walking on a treadmill, another woman standing on a scale, while students perform fitness evaluations.

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

image of four men and one woman in professional attire standing on a stage with a sign in the background reading "National Safety Council"

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. 

A white helmet and an orange face shield.

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

A young woman on a fitness bike with three women performing fitness evaluations on her.A 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.

An outdoor fitness court at Oakland University.OU'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. 
A head shot of Laurel Dolin Stevenson.Laurel Dolin Stevenson, Ph.D., assistant professor of interdisciplinary health sciences, was recognized as 2018 Outstanding Junior Investigator by OU's Research Office. 
A head shot of Dr. Chris Wilson.Dr. 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. 
A man smiling at the camera while a woman walks on a treadmill and others perform fitness evaluations.

OU TV Focus on Faculty details the academic journey of Dr. Daniel Goble, creator of BTrackS and associate professor of exercise science. 

A head shot of Beth Black.

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. 

A young woman crouched down, talking to a man in a wheelchair.

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

Aerial photo of cars driving away on a highway.

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

A person's foot pedaling an exercise bike.

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

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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

A sign that says "Healthology Symposium", on a stand in an empty hallway.

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

A head shot of Caress Dean.

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.  

A hand holding yellow electrical wires at a cable box on a wall.

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

Three people seated at a table with Oakland University cloth, signing official paperwork.

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

People holding fresh produce at Sprout Fresh Food Store.

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

Industrial face shields on a table.

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.  

People seated at long rows of tables, watching a presentation at the front of the room.

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.