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An interdisciplinary gateway to unique, exciting new healthcare careers

HIMSS Approved Program

This new Bachelor of Science degree provides a value-based career pathway for those who want to improve health care quality, safety across all settings. Population Health graduates will demonstrate empathy and compassion toward vulnerable populations, consistent with the Madonna's values of respect for the dignity of each person, solidarity with the poor and social justice. Graduates will employ health promotion and advocacy theories as the field of health care transforms and new roles evolve.

This innovative, interdisciplinary major has two distinct tracks. The Population Health Care Management track prepares graduates for careers in care management, care transitions coordination, health promotion, and patient education. Graduates of the Health Care Informatics and Quality Systems Management track will be able to recognize issues that exist across the health care continuum related to transparency in reporting errors and positively impact a culture of safety and quality in our current health care delivery system.

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Health Sciences Faculty Bios

Denise Brothers

Associate Professor, Chair, Population Health and Aging

Graduate Program Director, MPH and MSSLA

Ph.D. Miami University

M.S. Miami University

dbrothers@madonna.edu

734-432-5531, DiPonio #111

Denise Brothers

Dr. Denise Brothers has been a faculty member of the Aging Studies Department since 2013. She holds a M.S. in Exercise and Health Studies and a Ph.D. in Social Gerontology, both from Miami University of Ohio. She also earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration.

She teaches the introductory course in aging studies, psychology and aging, global aging, educational program planning, and programs and services for older adults. Her professional interests include understanding how race, class, and gender impact later-life outcomes, such as health, wealth, and social networks. Her research has included exploring how changing demographics and marital patterns are altering the ways in which older men and women are forming and maintaining new relationships in later life.

Earlier in her career, she assisted with a number of research projects on long-term care services and support in the state of Ohio. This research included a qualitative study on the experiences of consumers and caregivers receiving home-and-community based services as well as identifying current and future capacity needs for long-term care. She also engages in public scholarship through her participation on advisory groups within Michigan’s aging network.

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Linda J. NikpourAssistant Professor

A.S., North Iowa Area Comm Coll

A.S., Macomb Community College

B.S.N., University of Iowa

M.S.N, University of Colorado

D.N.P., Waynesburg University

ljnikpour@madonna.edu

734-432-5453, D-110

Linda J. Nikpour

 Linda Nikpour is an Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences Program and she has joined the faculty of Madonna University in 2016. She is the course facilitator for Professional Role Development, Internship in Health Sciences 1, Quality and Clinical Transformation, and Safety across Healthcare Settings. Her research interests are healthcare data analytics working with Big Data for Population Health. She is board-certified in Nursing Informatics and certified as an Associate within The Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

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