UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

Office of Student Affairs
2025 E. Newport
NWQ Building B 6th floor, Room 6425
(414) 229-2758

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science Programs Available to Incoming Freshman in 2017-18: Biomedical Sciences (BMS-Biomedical Science, BMS-Cytotechnology, BMS-Diagnostic Medical Sonography, BMS-Medical Laboratory Science, BMS-Public Health Microbiology, BMS-Radiologic Technology, BMS-Diagnostic Imaging Completion, BMS-Diagnostic Imaging Completion - FLEX Option, BMS-Health Sciences Completion), Communication Sciences and Disorders, Health Care Administration, Kinesiology, Nutritional Sciences, and Occupational Studies.

Master of Science Programs Available to Incoming Graduate Students in 2017-18: Athletic Training, Biomedical Sciences, Kinesiology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Healthcare Administration, Occupational Therapy, and Health Care Informatics

Doctor of Philosophy Health Sciences and Kinesiology

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Faculty and Scholars

UWM's College of Health Sciences' faculty comprises an esteemed group of scholars. The research activities of our faculty and staff encompass groundbreaking urban and population studies, pioneering biomedical research investigations, advances in movement science, ingenious rehabilitation research and development, innovative applied clinical technologies, and novel disease prevention approaches. These activities are supported by the resources of eight academic centers and twenty-seven state of the art laboratories within the College, and millions of dollars in funds from reputable institutions, such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Facilities: Laboratories, Centers, and Clinics

CLINICS (open to the public): Speech and Language Clinic, UW-Milwaukee Audiology Group

LABORATORIES (Research and Teaching)

Communication Sciences and Disorders: Aphasia Laboratory, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Laboratory, Child Language Laboratory, Dysphagia Laboratory, Language Analysis Laboratory, Speech Science Laboratory, Stuttering and Fluency Laboratory.

Biomedical Sciences: Biomedical Sciences Laboratory, Immunology Laboratory, Lyme Borreliosis Laboratory, Medical Microbiology Laboratory, Multiple Sclerosis Laboratory, Pharmacology/Toxicology Laboratory, Prostate Cancer Laboratory.

Health Informatics and Administration: Social Media and Health Research and Training Laboratory

Kinesiology: Body Weight and Shape Research Laboratory, Human Performance and Sport Physiology Laboratory, Laboratory for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence, Neuromechanics Laboratory, Pediatric Neuromotor Laboratory, Photomedicine Research Laboratory, Physical Activity and Health Research Laboratory, Visumotor Laboratory.

Occupational Therapy: Assistive Technology and Universal Access (ATUA) Laboratory, Behavioral Health and Human Occupation Laboratory, Gait Analysis and Biodynamics Laboratory, Occupational Ergonomics Laboratory, Mobility Laboratory.

CENTERS (Research and Training)

Campus Ergonomics Services, Center for Aging and Translational Research, Center for Biomedical Data and Language Processing (BioDLP), Center for Forensic Science, Center for Urban Population Health, Performance and Injury Center, Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability (R2D2) Center, The HUB Wellness Center.


Certificate Programs


Forensic Sciences (Death Investigation, Forensic Sciences, and Forensic Toxicology), Health Care Informatics, Healthy Aging, Strength and Conditioning, Study of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Molecular Diagnostics, and Therapeutic Recreation


The College of Health Sciences is the largest school of its kind in the state of Wisconsin. It prepares students for careers in health care administration and informatics, diagnostic medicine, health and fitness, and the rehabilitation therapies. Our metropolitan location gives us ties to more than 100 local health care and recreation agencies, providing jobs, a setting for practical experience to augment classroom instruction, and community service opportunities.

Freshmen are admitted to the pre-professional component in the College of Health Sciences with one of the following plans: pre-health sciences, pre-biomedical sciences, pre-communication sciences and disorders, pre-health care administration, pre-kinesiology, pre-nutritional sciences, pre-occupational studies, or CHS-Undecided.

Admission policies of the College comply with the general regulations of UWM as presented earlier in this catalog and on the University's website. Upon admission to the College, the policies and procedures of the College of Health Sciences apply, even though the student may be enrolled in courses in another UWM school or college.

Enrollment in the preparatory program does not guarantee admission to the professional component or major, although nearly all eligible students over the past three years have been admitted. Admission criteria and timelines vary by major, and students are urged to consult regularly with their advisor for specific program application procedures.

Criteria for Selecting Candidates. Selection for progression into the professional component or major will be based on requirements met and other individual program factors. Each program in the College reserves the right to select its own candidates. More information and student applications are available from the Office of Student Affairs.

Certificate Completion. Students wishing to complete any of the College of Health Sciences' Baccalaureate Certificate Programs must meet with an academic advisor in the Office of Student Affairs to declare their intention to complete the Certificate. Certificate enrollment is open to all UWM students.

Academic Regulations

For information regarding action on unsatisfactory grades or about honors for scholarship, see Academic Information and Honors for Scholarship.

Students in all College of Health Sciences majors whose cumulative or semester GPA in professional studies falls below 2.5 (except Nutrition, Occupational Studies, and all Kinesiology majors, who must have a semester GPA of 2.75; semesterly GPA of 3.0 is required for BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders) are required to consult with their program head and obtain the Dean's permission to continue in the program.

Academic Advising

Academic advising and counseling for all pre-professional students is available in the Office of Student Affairs. Students who have been admitted to their major/professional program may be assigned a faculty advisor. Professional and faculty advisors are prepared to guide academic planning, provide career and job market information, and to assist students in making appropriate career choices within the health professions. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule one advising session per semester (preferably before the registration process).

Students who believe they have a disability that might affect their academic or job performance are encouraged to meet with an advisor early in their academic planning to discuss appropriate accommodations. Graduation clearance service is available for all students planning to register for the last two semesters. Call (414) 229-2758 for an appointment.

Detailed descriptions of the College of Health Sciences programs are available in the Office of Student Affairs or on our website: uwm.edu/healthsciences.

Transfer Students. The College of Health Sciences welcomes students from other academic areas on the UWM campus, and students transferring to UWM from other institutions. Students planning to transfer into any of the College's majors should meet with an advisor in the Office of Student Affairs to plan their curriculum as early as possible. Most students find that a number of their courses transfer in meeting specific program and General Education Requirements (GER) needed for graduation. Students may meet with their advisor in person or by phone; quick questions to advisors may be handled by email as well. Please call (414) 229-2758 for an appointment or information.

Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of 128 credits (120 credits for Kinesiology, BMS-Diagnostic Imaging Degree Completion, BMS-Health Sciences Completion, Occupational Studies; 123 for Nutritional Sciences; 129 credits for Biomedical Sciences-Biomedical Science, Biomedical Sciences-Cytotechnology, Biomedical Sciences-Medical Laboratory Science; and 130 for Biomedical Sciences-Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Biomedical Sciences-Radiologic Technology), and all course and program requirements of student's curriculum.
  2. Satisfaction of all University-wide General Education Requirements (GER), including meeting proficiency in both English (Parts A & B) and mathematics (Parts A & B) and completion of course distribution requirements. Second-degree candidates are exempt from these requirements.
  3. A cumulative 2.5 GPA in all credits earned at UWM.
  4. Completion of the last 30 credits in residence at UWM. Second-degree candidates must complete a minimum of 30 credits in residence beyond those required for previous degree.
  5. A student who does not maintain continuous registration during the academic year and is re-admitted to the College must meet the program and graduation requirements in effect at the time of re-entry.
  6. Any deviations from the curriculum must be approved, in writing, by the student's program director or chairperson, and the Associate Dean. It is required that a student consult his/her advisor before requesting any program changes or waivers.

Special Opportunities/Requirements

Enrollment in UW System Independent Learning. Courses may be taken through the University of Wisconsin-Extension, with the permission of the Director of the Office of Student Affairs. Students may not exceed 18 credits during one semester, including correspondence courses and work in residence, without permission. Approval of a tuition waiver in an Independent Learning course may be contingent on enrollment by the add deadline in the semester in which you aim to enroll. Please connect with your advisor for further guidance.

Only elective course requirements may be met through Extension study.

Independent Study. Independent study is available in each department. Credits are awarded for academic activities pursued outside the formal classroom setting under the supervision of a faculty member. Activities may include reading, research, and special projects and must be approved, in advance, by the full-time faculty supervisor. Independent study is offered at the lower and upper levels. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at UWM to pursue independent study. Upper-division independent study requires junior status. For more information, see the catalog course listings or contact the department chairperson.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Credit for specific college courses may be earned through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board. Students will be granted degree credit only for subject examinations, and if they score at the 50th percentile or higher on the National Sophomore norm. Credit for subject examinations may only be used to satisfy elective credits within the College of Health Sciences degree programs. A list of acceptable examinations may be found in the introductory section of this catalog under Academic Opportunities.

Requirements for Employment, Licensing, or Professional Organizations. Students should be aware that some professions, occupations, and employers are subject to licensing and/or bonding requirements. When a course of study includes clinical or field training, practice teaching, or internships, students will be required to have a check of criminal conviction records prior to acceptance of a student by the placement site. Students are responsible for obtaining the information necessary for them to become knowledgeable about these requirements and plan their studies accordingly.

Health Insurance Documentation. Students may be required to carry health insurance during internship or fieldwork experiences. As a condition of placement in an internship program, students may also be required to have updated vaccinations (e.g., MMR, Hbv). In addition, a physical examination and TB test may be required.


College of Health Sciences

100 New Student Seminar in Allied Health Professions. 1 cr U. An overview of the Allied Health Professions, the College of Health Sciences, and academic requirements. Strategies for academic success. Prereq: none.

Faculty and Staff


Ron Cisler, PhD

Jeri-Annette Lyons, PhD
Associate Dean

Abigail Amissah-Arthur, PhD
Assistant Dean, Office of Research

Kate Brondino, MEd
Director, Office of Student Affairs

Susan Cashin, PhD
Director, Data Analytics

Cheri Dzieken Chapman
Communications Manager

Chi (Chris) Cho, MS

Mike Hauer, PhD
Assistant Dean Emeritus

Michelle Janowiak
Senior Student Services Coordinator

Debra Maglio
Senior Administrative Program Specialist, Business Office

Karen Miyoshi, MA
Administrative Program Manager II

Marion McDowell
Administrative Program Manager III Emerita

Bill Mueller, MS
Academic Advisor

Nancy Nelson, PhD
Assistant Dean, Outreach and Continuing Education

Agnes Northrup, MS
Academic Advisor

Angela Rintelman, MS
Academic Advisor/Recruiter

Torry Rufer, MS
Recruiter, Academic Advisor

Roger O. Smith, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Director, R2D2

Susan Stalewski, MBA, MLS (ASCP)
Director, Academic Initiatives and Planning
Director, E-learning

Scott Strath, PhD
Director, Center for Aging and Translational Research


Shahla Anders, Clinical Asst. Prof., MEd
Carroll University

Anthony Azenabor, Prof., PhD
University of Benin

Cynthia Brown, Clinical Assoc. Prof., MA
Central Michigan University

Daniel Cordas, Clinical Instructor, BS
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Lora deOliveira, Outreach Program Manager II, MBA, MPH
Marquette University, University of Minnesota

Bradley DePons, Laboratory Manager, MLS
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jennifer Doll, Asst. Prof., PhD
Washington University

Janis Eells, Prof., PhD
University of Iowa

Margaret Hirschfeld, Clinical Asst. Prof., BS
University of Saint Francis, IL

Fang Yao Stephen Hou, PhD, MB(ASCP)QCYM, MLS(ASCPi)
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Melissa Klug, Clinical Instructor, BS
Concordia University

Randall Lambrecht, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Elizabeth Liedhegner, PhD
Case Western Reserve University

Jeri-Annette Lyons, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin

Dean Nardelli, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Amanda Smith, Clinical Asst. Prof., MS
Marian University, WI

Susan Stalewski, Clinical Assoc. Prof., MT, ASCP, MBA
Keller Graduate School of Management

Jayne Wisniewski, Clinical Asst. Prof., MEd
Carroll University, WI


Tricia Chirillo, Clinical Assoc. Prof., MS
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Caitlin Croegaert, Clinical Asst. Prof., MS
Marquette University

Marylou Gelfer, Prof., PhD
University of Florida

John Heilmann, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dawn Hennes, Clinical Assoc. Prof., MS
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Sabine Heuer, Asst. Prof., PhD
Ohio University

Joyce M. King-McIver, Clinical Assoc. Prof., PhD, CCC-SLP
Cardinal Stritch University

Erin LeSage, Clinical Instructor, MS
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Shelley Lund, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Pennsylvania State University

Barbara Pauloski, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Northwestern University

Paula Rhyner, Prof., PhD
Kent State University

Betty Ritchie, Assoc. Prof. Emerita, PhD

Stacy Ryan, Assoc. Clinical Audiologist, PhD
Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Carol Seery, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Washington

Sherri Sieff, Clinical Prof. Emerita, PhD

Kathleen Wangerin, Clinical Assoc. Prof., MA
Northern Michigan University

Susan Yorio, Clinical Assoc. Prof., MS 
University of Nebraska

Heather Zingler, Assoc. Clinical Audiologist, AuD
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Ron Cisler, Prof., PhD
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jennifer Fink, Asst. Prof., PhD       
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Rene Gratz, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Rohit Kate, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Texas at Austin

Jake Luo, Asst. Prof., PhD
Queen's University, Belfast, UK

John Lynch, Assoc. Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Mary K. Madsen, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Priya Nambisan, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Neil Oldridge, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Kathleen Olewinski, Clinical Asst. Prof., MS, RHIA, NHA, FACHE
Cardinal Stritch University

Timothy Patrick, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Missouri-Columbia

Hanh Trinh, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Medical College of Virginia

Min Wu, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of North Carolina

(Occupational Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation)

Kris Barnekow, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Joyce Engel, Prof., PhD
University of Kansas

Arun Garg, Prof., PhD
University of Michigan

Tamicah Gelting, MS, OTR
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Carol Haertlein Sells, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Mark Johnston, Prof., PhD
Claremont Graduate University

Jay Kapellusch, Assoc. Prof., PhD 
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Phyllis King, Prof., PhD
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Theodore King, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Randal Kohl, Clinical Instructor, MS, CTRS, CPRP, CBIS
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Nancy Nelson, Clinical Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Heidi Plach, Clinical Assoc. Prof., MS
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Michelle Kaye Silverman, MS, OTR
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bhagwant Sindhu, Assoc. Prof., PhD 
University of Florida

Brooke Slavens, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Marquette University

Roger O. Smith, Prof., PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Virginia Stoffel, Assoc. Prof., PhD 
Cardinal Stritch University

Patricia Thomas, Clinical Assoc. Prof., MPA
Long Island University

Dennis Tomashek, Lecturer, Researcher, MS
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ying-Chih (Inga) Wang, Assoc. Prof., OTR/L, PhD
Johns Hopkins University

Dana Washburn, Clinical Asst. Prof., MS
Rush University, Chicago


Carlynn Alt, Clinical Assoc. Prof., PhD
Marquette University

Monna Arvinen-Barrow, Asst. Prof., PhD 
University of Northampton, United Kingdom

Susan Cashin, Clinical Prof., PhD
Southern Illinois University

Stephen Cobb, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Georgia State University

Ann Dietrich, Clinical Assoc. Prof., MS
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Margaret Duncan, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Jennifer Earl-Boehm, Assoc. Prof., PhD
The Pennsylvania State University

Kyle Ebersole, Assoc. Prof., PhD 
University of Nebraska

Chukuka Enwemeka, Distinguished Prof. Emeritus, Dean Emeritus, PhD

Christy Greenleaf, Prof., PhD
University of North Carolina-Greensboro

William Gregory, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Barbara Hart, Assoc. Prof. Emerita, PhD

Cynthia Hasbrook, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Wendy Huddleston, Assoc. Prof., PhD, PT, OCS
Medical College of Wisconsin

Kevin Keenan, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Colorado

Lori Klos, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Cornell University

Susan Kundrat, Clinical Asst. Prof., MS
Iowa State University

Renee Mazurek, Clinical Asst. Prof., PT, DPT
Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University

Barbara Meyer, Prof., PhD
Michigan State University

Nora Miller, Assoc. Researcher, MS 
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Victoria Moerchen, Assoc. Prof., PhD, PT
University of Wisconsin-Madison

John Ochsenwald, Clinical Asst. Prof., MS
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Kristian O'Connor, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Massachusetts

Tracy Oles, Clinical Assoc. Prof., MA
University of Illinois

Renee Reckelberg, Athletic Trainer I
Eastern Michigan University

Michelle Rimer, Clinical Asst. Prof., MS, MPH, RD
University of Tennessee

Erika Sander, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Ann Snyder, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Scott Strath, Prof., PhD
University of Tennessee

Ann Swartz, Prof., PhD
University of Tennessee

Carrie Truebenbach, Clinical Asst. Prof., MS 
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jinsung Wang, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Arizona State University

Kathryn Zalewski, Assoc. Prof., PhD, PT
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



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