Health Studies Institute of Rider University

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Health Studies Institute at Rider, focusing on Education, Innovation, Outreach

Advancing knowledge of health care, health sciences, health policy and health administration

Ensuring access to quality health care is one of the greatest challenges we face as Americans and global citizens. It demands the skilled expertise and compassion of direct health care providers — and the knowledge and commitment of countless professionals in health-related enterprises in business, government, human services and beyond. Rider’s Health Studies Institute has been created to contribute to the social, economic, political and ethical considerations integral to achieving that goal.

Our Goals
Rider University’s Health Studies Institute brings together its diverse perspectives, expertise and leadership to impact regional, national and global health issues through education, innovation and outreach. Through this three-pronged approach, we hope to shape health care policy, enhance the practice and delivery of health care, and contribute to the improved health of all populations through education, advocacy and skilled direct care.

Our Structure
The Institute will serve as a center of excellence at Rider University, bringing together the multidisciplinary expertise of our talented and connected faculty in health-related fields in the disciplines of business, liberal arts and sciences, education, performing arts and continuing studies, and the resources and support of the greater University community.

Our Three Areas of Emphasis

Preparing a new generation of professionals.
Rider’s health-focused undergraduate and graduate programs encompass health care, health sciences, health policy and health administration, with degree, online and certificate options.

Courses feature an interdisciplinary framework that brings together the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, business, education and the arts. With a dozen current programs and more on the horizon (see box), Rider is expanding its efforts to meet the growing workforce demands for skilled health professionals in our county and state through relevant studies, outstanding instruction and meaningful hands-on experiences.

Analyzing critical issues with creativity and impact.
Our faculty and students are engaged in wide-ranging publicly- and privately-funded basic science and community-based research. Their innovative work is adding new knowledge to the study of health and value to our students’ learning outcomes.

Working with others to achieve better health.
We are forging new and expanded partnerships with our region’s hospitals, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, and nonprofit and governmental agencies. This outreach is providing vital direction on best practices, priorities and community needs in health — and essential internships, networking and community service opportunities for our students.

Academic Programs in Health Studies at Rider

Upcoming Events

Throughout the year, the Health Studies Institute sponsors lectures, workshops and conferences on timely and important health-related subjects that are open to students and faculty, health professionals and interested members of the general community. Presenters include members of Rider’s health studies faculty, accomplished alumni in the field, and leading area professionals.

Pharmaceutical R&D and the Regulatory Challenge: 21st Century Considerations
Friday, March 30, 2018
3:00 p.m.
SCI 102 
Science Fridays is proud to host Rider alumnus Barry Sickels (BS  Biology '85) for a fascinating talk about the intricacies of the pharmaceutical R & D pipeline and how international regulatory bodies impact this process. Dr. Sickels will also discuss the myriad employment opportunities available within this growing space for chemists and other scientists.
Dr. Barry Sickels (BS  Biology '85) is the Global Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at Sanofi S.A., the  world's six largest pharmaceutical company. Dr. Sickels also has an MS in Toxicology and earned a Doctor of Law from Widener Law School.
Health Delivery: A Paradign Shift for the Poor
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
7:30 p.m.
SCI 102 
Special Guest Speaker: DR. JOIA MUKHERJEE, MD, MPH, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health An International Medical Charity
Presentation to focus on the shift in healthcare delivery for the poor .

Rider University's Health Studies Institute to host Harvard Medical School professor
Press release, 03/08/2018


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Health Insurance
Friday, February 23, 2018
1 - 2 p.m.
NJM Community Room
Screening of a documentary about global health pioneers
Special Guest Speaker: Allen Karp, Rider CBA '81, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Management at Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey

Learn about BCBSNJ's innovative approach to insurance, where the company is transforming away from a fee-for-service model to a value-based model that rewards doctors and hospitals for quality, cost-effective careened enhanced member experience.
RSVP Required at [email protected]
Marijuana: Weeding Out The Truth 2018
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
6 to 8 p.m.
Bart Luedeke Center's Cavalla Room
In collaboration with the ONE VOICE initiative, Rider University is hosting the ONE VOICE initiative is made up of the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County, the Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addictions, and the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. The forum, co-sponsored by Rider's Health Studies Institute, will discuss how New Jersey would be impacted if marijuana is legalized. Featured speakers will include: Cathleen Lewis, former director of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast, the Honorable Stephen D. Reid, mayor of Point Pleasant Beach, Grace Hanlon, director of NJ RAMP – New Jersey Responsible Approaches To Marijuana Policy and Robert Czepiel, Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, a Rider alum (’92 Pol. Sci.) with over 22 years experience as a prosecutor at the state and county levels.


Smoke Free Forum
Thursday, February 22, 2018
11:30 a.m.
SCI 102
Open forum to discuss the idea of becoming a smoke-free campus
There will be a brief presentation followed by a large-group discussion among attendees.
Bending The Arc
Monday, February 12, 2018
7 p.m.
BLC Theater
Screening of a documentary about global health pioneers
Bending the Arc is a documentary about a team of young people—Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl—whose charitable medical work 30 years ago ignited a global health movement. Their goal was simple but daring: to make high-quality health care available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries.


Population Health Initiatives and the Future of Primary Care Medicine
Thursday, November 16, 2017

4:30 p.m.
SCI 102
With special guest speakers Dr. Joseph Scalia '92 and Robert Raggi '17.  Joseph Scaliaknew by his sophomore year at Rider that he wanted a career in medicine.   Twenty-five years later, Dr. Scalia, a physician, is being shadowed by Rider biology major Robert Raggi.  Listen to their story and first-hand lessons on 21st century healthcare and the future of medicine.


Previous Events

Drinking Water Contaminants in New Jersey
Gloria Post, Ph.D.
Standards and Human Health Division of Science, Research, and Environmental Health New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Co-Sponsored with the Rider Health Sciences Environmental & Human Health Seminar Series

Mental Health: The Healthcare Challenge of Our Time
Craig S. Kramer
Chair, Global Campaign for Mental Health Neuroscience External Affairs
Janssen Research and Development, LLC
(A Johnson & Johnson Company)

Online Wellness Coaching and Counseling
Trevor Buser, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Rider University
Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling Program

Impact of Nanomaterial Exposure on the Cardiovascular System
Phoebe Stapleton, Ph.D., A.T.C.
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, EOHSI-Toxicology
Co-Sponsored with the Rider Health Sciences Environmental & Human Health Seminar Series

Health Disparities in Older Adults: Fallacies of the “Golden Years” Exposed
Lori Martin-Plank, Ph.D., GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Arizona College of Nursing (distance)
Ivermectin: The Story of a Drug that Prevents Major Type of Blindness
Dr. William C. Campbell
2015 Nobel Winner in Physiology or Medicine
Co-Sponsored with Rider University Global Studies & Health Care Policy Major

The Future Is Now: Advancements and Revolutionary Changes in 21st-Century Health Care Discussion
Funded by BD Health
Panel Discussion Featuring Rider University Alumni

Charles Bell, D.O., Rider ’75 Biology
Chief Medical Officer of Parallon Technology Solutions

Eli Mordechai, Ph.D., Rider ’90 Biochemistry
CEO of Genesis Biotechnology Group

Christy Stephenson, R.N., Rider ’87 Liberal Studies
Former President and CEO at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Moderated by
Chris Fox, Rider ’97 Biology
Head of Marketing, IDbyDNA

Anne Carroll, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairperson of the Finance and Economics Department


To learn more about the admission process, please contact:
Admissions at 800-257-9026 or [email protected]

To learn more about the activities and services of Rider’s Health Studies Institute, please contact the director:

Nancy Wiencek
Assistant Professor II
Fine Arts 236