John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences
Dean: Gregory H. Frazer, Ph.D., FASAHP
Chairperson, Department of Athletic Training:
Jason S. Scibek, Ph.D., ATC, LAT
Chairperson, Department of Health Management Systems:
Gregory H. Frazer, Ph.D., FASAHP
Chairperson, Department of Occupational Therapy:
Jaime P. Muñoz, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Chairperson, Department of Physical Therapy:
Christopher R. Carcia, Ph.D., PT, SCS, OCS
Chairperson, Department of Physician Assistant Studies:
Bridget C. Calhoun, Dr.P.H., PA-C
Chairperson, Department of Speech-Language Pathology:
Mikael D.Z. Kimelman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Director of Student and Alumni Services & Academic Advisor:
Deborah L. Durica, B.S.P.S.
Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Services & Academic Advisor:
Shawn A. Martin, J.D., M.S.
Academic Advisor: F. Susan Finnegan
On January 29, 1990, Dr. John E. Murray, Jr., then president of Duquesne University, announced that the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences was being created to “graduate professionals who will provide assistance to people in maintaining their physical well-being. It will make them more self-sufficient physically and provide great hope for their futures. It meets an overwhelming societal need, and it enlarges opportunities for students at Duquesne. In serving the citizens of Western Pennsylvania and our students, this initiative is precisely in accordance with the purposes of Duquesne University.” On March 18, 1991, Mr. John G. Rangos, Sr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Chambers Development Company, Inc.; The John G. Rangos Charitable Foundation; and the Chambers Development Charitable Foundation, made a major gift to Duquesne University in support of the School of Health Sciences. In recognition of that gift, Dr. Murray announced the School would be named John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences (RSHS).
The Rangos School of Health Sciences faculty will educate students to be excellent health science professionals and leaders in their field who respect the uniqueness of their patients/clients. In the spirit of Duquesne University, moral, ethical and spiritual values support the scientific and philosophic underpinnings of all Rangos School of Health Sciences curricula. Students will be provided with opportunities and experiences to foster the development of comprehensive knowledge for practice in health care, education, and other professional settings. This knowledge will support advanced graduate education and scholarship. Graduates from the Rangos School of Health Sciences will be culturally-competent health science professionals who demonstrate competence, leadership, expertise, and a profound moral/ethical respect for their patients/clients, professional colleagues, and the general public.
The RSHS was founded in concert with the educational philosophy and objectives of Duquesne University. Students in the RSHS are exposed to a broad liberal arts education with emphasis on understanding the scientific, theoretical and theologic constructs of the world. The academic programs focus on the scientific theories, which support the skilled ethical practice of the various professions, coupled with a strong appreciation and understanding of spiritual values. In recent years, health care in the United States has seen a transition to massive, complex health care delivery systems, which offer society choices to receive health care. A mixture of generalists and specialists practice in this sophisticated system to meet the growing health service demands of our society. To integrate our graduates into this system, the academic programs in the RSHS instill in-depth scientific and theoretical knowledge of health care practice, enhanced by a rich infusion of moral and spiritual values, necessary to prepare our graduates to be competent health care professionals. Through this preparation, students are encouraged to become cognizant of the needs of their patients/clients, their colleagues, and the health care systems in which they practice. Students are also required to develop an understanding of the necessity for on-going research and are prepared to advance the bodies of knowledge in their respective professions through their research efforts. All aspects of the students' education are coupled with an awareness and sensitivity of the human response to the functional limitations in various social and health care delivery contexts. The ultimate goal of the educational programs within the RSHS at Duquesne University is to educate truly outstanding health care professionals and citizens capable of explaining, investigating, and delivering the highest level of quality care with kindness, dignity, responsibility, and respect.