Shirley Cousino

Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Health Managment systems

Rangos 215
Phone: 412.396.4773


M.B.A., Health Care Management, Regis University, 2005
B.S., Health Services Administration, Eastern University, 1986
R.N., Diploma, Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing, 1982

Professor Cousino has over 30 years of clinical and managerial experience in the both the acute and long term care settings. She holds a Registered Nurse License and continues to be involved in various consulting opportunities within the healthcare industry. She has a strong interest and background in Quality improvement initiatives and evidence based outcomes spanning across the healthcare continuum. In a previous clinical role, she worked with Pittsburgh Regional HealthCare Initiatives Cardiac Care Improvement Registry in analyzing best practices and standards for coronary artery bypass surgery. Professor Cousino also holds a Nursing Home Administrators license and has held executive management positions in Skilled nursing, Assisted Living, and Hospice. While working in the Assisted Living environment, she co-authored a Performance Improvement manual that was utilized by Assisted Living Facilities in four different states.

Professor Cousino has been teaching for 10 years at Duquesne in both undergraduate and graduate courses. Her philosophy of teaching centers on the application of real-life situations to the classroom. In 2014, she, along with other colleagues from Rangos School of Health Sciences, received a Creative Teaching Award for Interprofessional Education.

Professional Affiliations: American College of HealthCare Executives
American Nurses Association



Clinical Processes
Quality Improvement in Health Care
Risk Management in Health Care
Introduction to Long Term Care
Independent Study (graduate and undergraduate)
Internship Placements (graduate and undergraduate)


Introduction To Health Care Management
Introduction to Health Information Management
Health Care Delivery and Organization
Outcomes Management


Wallace, S, PhD, CC-SLP, Turocy, P.Sammarone, EdD, DiBartola, L, EdD, Deluliis, L, OTD, Astle, J, EdD, Cousino,S. MBA, et. al. "Interprofessional Education Workshop Outcomes: Learning and Understanding Professional Roles in Stroke Care," 2016, Journal of Physical Therapy Education