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Health Sciences Diversity | Excellence in Health Professions Education

“Without the necessary rapport we cannot effectively and confidently serve patients. Within the School of Pharmacy, you learn to interact with diverse patient populations and how to solve their medication therapy problems.” – Jimmy Gill, School of Pharmacy, 2010

University of Pittsburgh's Schools of the Health Sciences value the richness diversity achieves.

The Office of Health Sciences Diversity exists to foster an inclusive environment for students, trainees, and faculty within the health professions schools and to increase the number of well-trained professionals who reflect different cultures, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities, genders, religious affiliations and sexual orientations.

This site was designed to emphasize the awareness of diversity within the Schools of the Health Sciences and to serve as a resource for students, faculty and staff. If you have questions and cannot find the answers here, please contact us.


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2015 Health Disparities Poster Competition

Sponsored by the Schools of the Health Sciences, this event will give young researchers an opportunity to present their work and expand their scientific professional skill set. The term “disparities” applies to differences in health status in any studied population compared to the comparable majority (or more commonly studied) population.  We expect to see work in disparities based upon race or ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, and other parameters.

Monday, April 6, 2015

12:00p - 4:00p

Thomas Starzl Biomedial Science Tower South Lobby
Christine Wankiiri-Hale to Lead SDM Student Affairs; recognized in the 2014 Pittsburgh Magazine "40 Under 40"

Christine Wankiiri-Hale, DMD, serves as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the School of Dental Medicine. She earned her DMD in 2002 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and in 2003 completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University. She joined the faculty full-time in 2004 and participates in the University's faculty practice. She has held numerous leadership roles in the school and most recently served as vice-chair in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care and Chair of the First Professional Admissions committee. The Pittsburgh Magazine has selected Dr. Wankiiri-Hale as one of their honorees for the 2014 "40 Under 40" in Pittsburgh. The honorees are selected from a nomination pool of more than 224 candidates and were chosen by an independent panel of judges, comprised of former winners, business professionals and civic leaders. Winners were chosen based on their passion, commitment, visibility, diversity and overall impact on the region. Read More>> Congratulations to Dr. Wankiiri-Hale on this most deserved appointment and recognition. of Pittsburgh Katherine D. Seelman Named by President Obama to National Disability Council

Katherine D. Seelman, Associate Dean of Disability Programs in the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), has been appointed as a member of the National Council on Disability (NCD) by President Barack Obama. Dr. Seelman was part of the staff of the same independent federal agency in its formative period when it helped to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. In the intervening quarter-century, Dr. Seelman has gone from working for the NCD as a public policy research specialist to becoming one of its 15 appointed members who advise presidents, Congress, and policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels. Read more>>


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