Rangos School of Health Sciences
Gregory H. Frazer, PhD, FASAHP
Dean, Rangos School of Health Sciences
Chairperson, Department of Health Management Systems
Chairperson, Department of Occupational Therapy:
Jaime P. Muñoz, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Chairperson, Department of Physical Therapy:
Chris Carcia, Ph.D., P.T., SCS, OCS
Chairperson, Department of Physician Assistant Studies:
Bridget C. Calhoun, Dr.P.H., PA-C
Chairperson, Rehabilitation Science:
Chris Carcia, Ph.D., PT, SCS, OCS
Chairperson, Department of Speech-Language Pathology:
Mikael D.Z. Kimelman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
List of Graduate Degrees offered
Health Management Systems - M.H.M.S.
Occupational Therapy - M.S.
Occupational Therapy - O.T.D.
Physical Therapy - D.P.T.
Physician Assistant Studies - M.P.A.S.
Rehabilitation Science - Ph.D.
Mission and Philosophy
The Rangos School of Health Sciences faculty will educate students to be excellent health science professionals and leaders in their field who respect the uniqueness of their patients/clients. In the spirit of Duquesne University, moral, ethical and spiritual values support the scientific and philosophic underpinnings of all Rangos School of Health Sciences curricula. Students will be provided with opportunities and experiences to foster the development of comprehensive knowledge for practice in health care, education, and other professional settings. This knowledge will support advanced graduate education and scholarship. Graduates from the Rangos School of Health Sciences will be culturally-competent health science professionals who demonstrate competence, leadership, expertise, and a profound moral/ethical respect for their patients/clients, professional colleagues, and the general public.
History of the School
The Rangos School of Health Sciences has a distinguished history -- On January 29, 1990, Dr. John E. Murray, Jr., then President of Duquesne University, announced that the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences was being created to "graduate professionals who will provide assistance to people in maintaining their physical well-being. It will make them more self-sufficient physically and provide great hope for their futures. It meets an overwhelming societal need and it enlarges opportunities for students at Duquesne. In serving the citizens of Western Pennsylvania and our students, this initiative is precisely in accordance with the purposes of Duquesne University." The Rangos School of Health Sciences was Duquesne's first new School since 1937. On March 18, 1991, Mr. John G. Rangos, Sr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Chambers Development Company, Inc.; The John G. Rangos Charitable Foundation; and the Chambers Development Charitable Foundation, made a major gift to Duquesne University in support of the School of Health Sciences. In recognition of that gift, Dr. Murray announced the School would be named the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences (RSHS).
In September 1991, the first freshmen were admitted to the athletic training, health management systems, occupational therapy, perfusion technology, physical therapy and physician assistant programs; students were also admitted into the professional phase of the physical therapy program. In May 1992, the professional/accredited phase of the physician assistant program was initiated and in September 1992, the professional phase of the athletic training and occupational therapy programs were implemented. In September 1993, the health management systems professional phase was implemented. During the 1993-1994 academic year, the RSHS became fully operational. Approximately 700 students were enrolled from the freshman year through the fifth year of the entry-level master's degree programs. In September 1996, the first freshmen were admitted into the speech-language pathology program. In September 1998 the professional phase of the speech-language pathology program was inaugurated. In May 2002, the last class of perfusion technologists graduated from the perfusion technology program.
Duquesne University is proud of its association with regional health care organizations which provide unique clinical experiences for health sciences students. In addition, many private practitioner groups have contributed significantly to the development of the RSHS. A complete listing of RSHS clinical affiliation sites is available in the Office of the Dean.