The College of Health Sciences and Technologies adopts a new organizational structure

The RIT College of Health Sciences and Technology is gearing up for significant growth with a new, streamlined organizational structure. This decision clarifies the direct reports and aligns the college with the university model of grouping programs into departments.

With input from faculty and staff, Yong “Tai” Wang, Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Technology, formed two related program departments to stand alongside the current Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition.

Professor Hamad Ghazle has been appointed to head the new Department of Clinical Health Professions, which includes BS/MS Medical Assistant, BS/Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Certificate in Echocardiography (Cardiac Sonography) and the priority internship in behavioral health and clinical psychology. Ghazle remains the director of diagnostic medical ultrasound.

Professor James Perkins has been appointed to head the new Department of Medical, Health and Management Sciences, which includes BS Biomedical Sciences, MFA Medical Illustration and MS Hybrid Health Systems Management. Perkins is also director of the graduate program in medical illustration.

Professor Barbara Lohse remains Head of Department at the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, which offers a BS/Certificate in Exercise Science, BS in Dietetics and Nutrition, BS in Nutritional Science and MS in Health Management and well-being.

“The departmental structure will benefit our programs through resource sharing and synergistic collaboration,” Wang said. “The streamlined structure creates clear communication channels and prepares the college for expansion.”

The College of Health Sciences and Technologies currently has nearly 600 students. Wang seeks to direct growth in three areas: expanding existing programs, developing new degree programs, and enhancing the pre-medical studies advisory program to attract first-year students.

Revising curricula, expanding existing curricula, and adding new curricula will improve student learning outcomes and diversify college offerings and enable the college to keep pace with ever-changing global and medical environments.

The College of Health Sciences and Technology also houses a university-wide resource for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in medicine and other health fields. Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions Counselors guide students from all colleges through the admissions process to medical school or other health-related programs. Elizabeth Perry, a faculty member in the Department of Medical, Health and Management Sciences, is the director of the pre-medical and pre-health professions council.