Dean's Message

 

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    Craig Lehmann

    Thank you for visiting the School of Health Technology and Management’s (SHTM) website. Whether you have already decided on a specific discipline, or are in the process of determining the right fit for your interest in health care, I am certain you will find that the SHTM at Stony Brook University offers a variety of high caliber programs that promote professional growth in a supportive and collegial environment, with a focus on the latest in technological advances, excellence in teaching, and meeting the growing health care needs of our community.

    As you browse through our programs, you will see that we offer undergraduate and graduate level courses taught by leaders in their respective fields. Our faculty members constantly strive to broaden their professional horizons by community involvement, student mentoring, research activities and, in many cases, studying for advanced degrees themselves. It is this interest in the world of health care in a larger context that allows us to offer our students the very best education by professionals who maintain their skills and who understand that learning is a lifetime endeavor.

    The School of Health Technology and Management is recognized as a premier professional school, and offers programs in Physical and Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Care, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Physician Assistant and Athletic Training.  We are also well into our 22nd year of offering one of the country’s most premiere paramedic/EMT programs.   

    In keeping with the mission of an internationally recognized research institution, in 2011, the school established a Ph.D. program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences comprised of three tracks: Behavior and Community Health, Rehabilitation and Movement Science, and Disabilities Studies. We also introduced two new masters programs: Health Care Quality and Patient Safety and Applied Health Informatics. In addition, we offer an advanced graduate certificate in Quality and Patient Safety.  In the fall of 2016, we anticipate offering an additional master’s program in Hospital Administration. Our master’s degree programs have a long established reputation for graduating some of the finest health care professionals.

    As you will see, we are also dedicated to outstanding undergraduate education. Our Health Science undergraduate major was designed to provide a quick response to the rapidly changing needs of the healthcare marketplace and offers both clinical and non-clinical concentrations of study in areas such as anesthesia technology, medical dosimetry, nuclear medicine technology, radiologic technology, disability studies and human development, emergency and critical care, environmental health and safety, health care informatics, health care management and public health/community health education.  

    The school is also home to the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development, which responds to the needs in education, healthcare and social change by building relationships across Stony Brook University and the community. 

    The School of Health Technology and Management also has continued international outreach and service in developing countries such as Ecuador, Guatemala and Kenya.  Stony Brook University, on behalf of the School of Health Technology and Management, has a signed Memorandum of Understanding with Kenya Methodist University (KeMU). To date, each year, our medical missions have included multidisciplinary health students (e.g., physical therapy, physician assistant, respiratory care, clinical laboratory sciences and radiological technology) along with their faculty members for a two-week international health care experience. During their stay, faculty and students work alongside local medical and academic professionals to help provide safe and optimal care to those underserved in the region, while supporting local healthcare professionals and their respective institutions.

    So whether you have already decided on a particular career in the allied health professions or are just starting to pursue your options, we hope you will consider all that the School of Health Technology and Management has to offer. Keep in mind that our Doctor of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy (BS/MS), and Applied Health Information Technology (MS) programs, are also now being offering at our Southampton, NY campus. Please contact us to discuss your specific interests and see how we can help plan your future in healthcare.

    Craig Lehmann, Ph.D.
    Professor and Dean, School of Health Technology and Management