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  • CAHS celebrates fifth year of Mexico interdisciplinary service-learning experience

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jul 31, 2018


    CAHS celebrates fifth year of Mexico interdisciplinary service-learning experience 

    College of Allied Health Sciences’ faculty, staff, students and volunteer translaters traveled to Mexico earlier this year to treat patients during their annual collaboration with the Palace Foundation. 

    CAHS Team Mexico pose for a photo

    Students and faculty from physical therapy, audiology, medical laboratory science were able to treat 945 patients during their week-long visit to Cancun, Mexico. 

    In anticipation of the trip the team was able to raise $2,646 to purchase therapy supplies, hearing aids, hearing aid batteries, earwax softener drops, and other consumable supplies (e.g., hand sanitizer, gloves, etc.). Additional items including therabands, hearing aids, cholesterol/glucose analyzers and strips, english – spanish flashcards and more were donated by community organizations and partners. 

    Student helps patient in wheelchair during Mexico experience

    The impact of the experience on those who participated can be told through an article featuring physical therapy student Gabriella Camacho: Read more

    This is the fifth year the team has been able to travel to Mexico and each year they have been able to treat more patients and bring more supplies. Thank you to all the students, faculty, staff, donors and volunteers who have been this experience possible over the years.

    The team was excited to be able to celebrate five years of giving back to Cancun during the College of Allied Health Sciences' 20th anniversary year.

    Faculty member, Brian Earl, PhD, and his wife, who served as a Spanish interpreter for CAHS, also celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary during their week - long stay. 

  • 6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Nov 08, 2017

    6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health

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    There are a wide variety of career options in allied health. Some career options include rehabilitation therapy, preventive and diagnostic evaluation, nutritional and dietary advice, treatment to diseases and disorders, and managing and operating our heath care systems. Allied health workers represent nearly 60% of our health care workforce and job opportunities continue to increase every year.

    Some examples of allied health professions include medical laboratory scientist, imaging technologist, physical therapists, occupational therapists, audiologists, speech language pathologists, nutrition and dietitians and physician assistants and many more.

    6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health

    1. Flexibility Pursuing a career in allied health can be flexible. Allied health careers often require less education and training than medical doctors so they can enter the workforce quicker. Allied health professions also have offer a variety of jobs all over the word in all different types of settings. You can work in a hospital or laboratory, work from home and offer counseling and therapy, work for corporations and government agencies or provide medical billing and coding services.
    2. Personal Satisfaction by Helping Others People often choose to pursue a career in health care because of the opportunity to help others. They enjoy working with people everyday, giving advice to others and helping people live better and healthier lives. There are very few jobs that allow you to make a significant difference in someone’s life, and there is no greater service that can be offered than by helping others in need to better their lives.
    3. Job Security and Stability There are many different careers that can be pursued in allied health and all allied health careers are growing at rates faster than the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks the field of health care as one of the country’s largest and fastest growing industries and estimates that 3.2 million new health care jobs will have been created by 2018.  Additionally, careers in allied health are offered in just about every major city around the nation. As long as people exist, there will always be a high demand for careers in allied health.
    4. Benefits and Competitive Pay Along with having flexible work schedules, allied heath care professionals earn competitive pay compared to other health industries. Most allied health professions also offer generous career benefits, including health insurance, vacation time and retirement plans. Many healthcare employers also provide tuition reimbursement and paid training programs to employees who commit to work for a specified time following graduation.
    5. Military-Career Advantages When pursuing a career in allied health this can open the door to work in military services. There are many benefits to working in military health care, including helping others and serving your country. Several students at the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences are either completing their education after being in the military or pursue work in a military setting after graduation.
    6. Advancement Opportunities There are many ways to advance when working in allied health. With the experience that you gain, you can open your own clinic or continue to pursue an advanced degree in your field. Many hospitals even offer continuing education programs and paid higher education opportunities to help employees in healthcare advance in their career.

    Pursuing a career in allied health is a great way to get started in the healthcare field and for many it can turn out to be a very fulfilling career with great job stability and benefits and many ways to advance! 

  • Program manager/alumna named one of ASCLS’ Voices Under 40

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Sep 08, 2017

    Program manager/alumna named one of ASCLS’ Voices Under 40

    Melanie Giusti headshotMelanie Giusti, program manager of the medical laboratory sciences program, was selected as one of twelve recipients of this year’s the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science’s (ASCLS) “Voices Under 40.”

    The ASCLS’ Voices Under 40 recognizes members who have shown exceptional commitment to their professional organization, the laboratory profession and the community at large at a young age in their professional career.

    Giusti graduated from the certificate track of the University of Cincinnati’s (UC) medical laboratory science program in 2002. Upon graduation, she started working at UC in the Hoxworth Blood Center and then came to the medical laboratory science program in 2006. Recently, she also graduated from UC’s Master of Health Informatics program, which is also located in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

    She has served as the President of the Ohio Society of ASCLS and has helped to organize and speak at regional and national conferences. Giusti just recently graduated from the Master of Health Informatics Program within the Department of Clinical and Health Information Sciences.

    Melanie Giusti during graduation for the Master of Health Informatics program

    Along with the other Voices Under 40 honorees, Giusti, was recognized at the ASCLS Member Awards Ceremony on August 3, in Philadelphia.

  • Congratulations Victoria Wangia-Anderson

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Apr 26, 2017

    Congratulations Victoria Wangia - Anderson!  

    Victoria Wangia-Anderson






    Faculty Award for Exemplary Service to the University

    • Victoria Wangia-Anderson
      Associate Professor/Director, Clinical & Health Information Science
      College of Allied Health Sciences

    Victoria Wangia-Anderson, PhD, FHIMSS has been at UC since 2013 and in that time she has sought opportunities to serve the university. As a faculty member in the Department of Clinical and Health Information Sciences in the College of Allied Health Sciences, she has been recognized by one of the largest health informatics professional organizations for her service at the national level, and awarded advanced membership status as a fellow. She serves as the program director for the Masters of Health Informatics program, but also finds time to engage in service.

    "I am committed to service activities that enable me to make a difference and contribute towards advancing beneficial strategy and goals. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with effective faculty and staff across the university through my service involvement,” says Wangia-Anderson.

    In addition to serving as a Faculty Senator and on Senate Cabinet, Wangia-Anderson represents faculty interests on a variety of committees, where her tireless work has earned her a reputation as someone who knows how to get things done.

    “I’ve been impressed with her engagement, her willingness to put forward competing and useful ideas to help provide useful perspectives on issues under discussion and her strong work ethic and accountability,” says Cynthia Nitz Ris, PhD, professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    She serves as chair for the Faculty Senate Information Technology committee.

    “Members of that committee have recognized impressive changes and leadership that Dr. Wangia-Anderson has brought to the committee, as well as the time commitment needed,” says Prince Ellis, DBA, assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Clermont College. “She has been an effective and patient facilitator for contentious discussions related to IT enterprise solutions.”

    Wangia-Anderson is married with a young daughter and son. Some of her hobbies include traveling, reading, learning new languages, some sports and experiencing new cultures.

     Check out all the 2017 Faculty Award Winners

  • CAHS Welcomes President Pinto!

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jan 12, 2017


    Welcome President Pinto

    President Pinto

     The University of Cincinnati (UC) will welcome it’s 30th president in February 2017. Neville Pinto, PhD was named UC’s next president on December 17th by the UC Board of Trustees.

    Currently, President-Elect Pinto, is serving as the acting president and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Louisville. Pinto has a long history with UC and many are excited for his return.

    Pinto served for 26 years on UC’s faculty in chemical engineering.  During this time, he held numerous administrative roles including Department Head for Chemical Engineering, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, and, most recently, Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School.

    In 2011, Pinto left UC and joined the University of Louisville as the Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. In 2015, he was named Interim Provost and most recently he is serving as the universities’ acting president.

    The search for UC’s president started in August after former President Santa Ono, PhD, left UC to become the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  

    College of Allied Health Sciences Dean, Tina Whalen, EdD, was one of the members of the presidential search committee that had a hand in choosing our 30th president.

    The university has a specific composition that makes up a presidential search committee (as outlined in University Rule 3361:10-6-01). A full list of search committee members can be found at the bottom of this article. As the Chairman of the Dean’s Council it made sense that Whalen would represent the university deans on the search. 

    Prior to beginning the search, the committee held sessions across the university to collect feedback about what stakeholders wanted in their next president. Based off of these conversations the committee knew that they couldn’t replicate former President Santa Ono, but they needed to find a candidate that was in touch with students. These sessions also made it clear that faculty and students wanted a president who ascribed by the values of the institution and who would not see UC as a stepping stone opportunity.

    After reviewing and interviewing the pool of candidates the committee recommended four finalists who then had further interviews with a number of stakeholder representatives. The final decision was solely with the Board of Trustees.

    “We were committed to getting the best possible candidate” Whalen said about the presidential search committee. To ensure that the committee had the highest quality pool they also had to protect the antinomy of the candidates for as long as they could. 

    “President Pinto offered the best of both worlds” says Whalen. “He has a history and knowledge of the university and has developed new experiences and skills while at the University of Louisville.”

    It was also important to the committee that Pinto made it clear that he wanted to come back to Cincinnati. “He intends to come here and establish himself in the university and the community” says Whalen.

    During his past years at UC, Pinto showed he was an advocate for the College of Allied Health Sciences and the Academic Health Center. 

    While he was dean of the graduate school, he worked with CAHS on a number of programs including:

    • Approving the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program, a program that will surpass 200 graduates this year.
    • Moving the genetic counseling from CAHS to the College of Medicine. He was able to save the program by finding it another home, showing that he put students at the forefront of his decisions.
    • Supporting early conversations about the development of our Master of Occupational Therapy program which is currently in the final stages of accreditation.

    Whalen says she excited about Pinto’s arrival. “He is thoughtful, a good listener and very process-oriented when it comes to decision making” she says.  She also notes that she has received unsolicited messages from past and present faculty at the university who share in her excitement. Many of them say they have had positive interactions with Pinto over the years and thank the committee for their time during the search.

    As UC approaches its Bicentennial year, it now has a leader that can help take our rising institution to new heights. The campus is eager to see what 2017 with President Pinto will bring.

    Search Committee Members

    Rob Richardson, chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the presidential search committee

    Shakila Ahmad, UC Foundation Board of Trustees
    C. Francis Barrett, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
    Thomas D. Cassady, UC Board of Trustees
    Phil D. Collins, UC Board of Trustees
    Thomas H. Humes, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
    Ericka King-Betts, Community Member
    Richard P. Lofgren, President and CEO, UC Health
    W. Troy Neat, UC Alumni Association
    Mitchell A. Phelps, Undergraduate Student Government
    Robert Probst, Dean, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning
    Sid Thatham, Graduate Student Government, Vice President
    Tina F. Whalen, Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences
    Faculty Member, elected by Faculty Senate
    Faculty Member, elected by Faculty Senate
    Ohio Department of Higher Education Designee, Gary Cates, Vice Chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents

    Watch an interview with President Pinto here:

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College of Allied Health Sciences
French East Building
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267 

Phone: 513-558-7495
Fax: 513-558-7494

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