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World-Class Faculty Lead Outstanding Health Informatics Program

Our faculty brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to The University of Scranton’s online MS in Health Informatics program. Comprised of top-tier, professionals, our faculty understands the real-world challenges you will face as a healthcare leader. Their first-hand experience in solving complex healthcare problems is reflected in their lectures, instruction and assigned coursework. Under their guidance, you will become the health informatics expert your organization needs.

Margarete Zalon, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN

Program Director, Graduate Program in Health Informatics
Professor of Nursing
Expertise: Adult-Gerontological Nursing, Research, Delirium, Health Policy

Dr. Margarete Zalon is certified as an adult clinical nurse specialist. She has served on numerous boards, including the American Nurses Association (ANA) and as vice-president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a past president of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association and received its Nursing Education and Distinguished Nurse Awards. Dr. Zalon is a past chairperson of the American Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees, and is the president of the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania. Her research on and advocacy for vulnerable elders have led to numerous presentations at the national and international level with over 65 publications in scholarly and professional journals and 10 book chapters. Her research has been published in leading journals including Nursing Research, Applied Nursing Research, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Journal of Nursing Measurement, Pain, Pain Management Nursing, and the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing's Acute and Critical Care Expert Panel. Her advocacy work has impacted professional practice and policies globally. Her recent research focuses on the prevention of delirium in hospitalized elders, and delirium descriptors in the electronic health record. She is co-editor of Nurses Making Policy from Bedside to Boardroom. This practical book is designed to help nurses develop critical health policy skills to advocate for patients from the bedside to the larger political arena. Dr. Zalon is a recipient of the Duke University School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award.

Dr. Zalon earned her doctoral and master's degrees in nursing from New York University and her bachelor's degree from Duke University.

William Miller, Ph.D., MHA

Faculty Specialist, Department of Health Administration and Human Resources
Expertise: Quality and Operations Management, Patient Access, and Population Health

William Miller, Ph.D., MHA received his B.S. in Health Science from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, his MHA from The Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. in Human Development – Health Promotion from Marywood University. He has over 20 years of customer service and leadership experience in both not-for profit and for-profit organizations where he has assumed various roles encompassing general management and oversight, marketing, staff development, budgeting, and client relationship management. In addition, he has experience as both an administrator and instructor in higher education, especially in the distance education and online teaching environment.

Dr. Miller has publication, poster, and presentation experience and has held adjunct faculty appointments with The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Marywood University, and Wilkes University. His research interests are patient access to care and the effect of population health on the costs of healthcare (both of which are deeply impacted by the use of health informatics and analytics). He is currently the Program Director for the Telehealth Intervention Programs for Seniors [TIPS], a high-tech, high-touch, grant-funded collaboration between the University of Scranton, United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, West Chester Public Private Partnership, and PACE University. The program is designed to utilize technology to remotely monitor patients aged 65+ with two or more chronic health conditions to assist the patients in self-managing chronic conditions, avoid unplanned emergency and medical visits, and reduce medical expenses.

Mary Jane Hanson, Ph.D., CRNP, CNS, RN

Professor, Director of the Graduate and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs
Expertise: Current Issues in Health Care, Family Nurse Practitioner Theory and Practice, Epidemiology

Dr. Mary Jane Hanson has served as the nursing graduate program director at The University of Scranton since 1996. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner, adult heath clinical nurse specialist, and adult nurse practitioner. Dr. Hanson has over 30 years of clinical practice experience and currently practices as a nurse practitioner at Penn-Kidder Medical Center in Albrightsville, PA. Additionally, she has served in the hospital setting as a director of quality improvement, director of education, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse manager. Dr. Hanson has secured more than $3.5 million in grant funding for the nursing program and students at Scranton since 1997. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers in professional journals and has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences. Her area of research expertise is cigarette smoking behavior among white and minority adolescents and teens, for which she has received National Institutes of Health grant funding. She is a founding member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Dr. Hanson serves on the Board of Commissioners for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and on the Standards Committee. She earned her Ph.D. and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor's degree from Cedar Crest College. Dr. Hanson received the prestigious Marion R. Gregory Outstanding Dissertation award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a Distinguished Scholar award from the University of Massachusetts – Boston.

Satya N. Prattipati

Associate Professor and Program Director, Enterprise Resource Planning
Expertise: ERP,
Management Information Systems, Entrepreneurship

Satya Prattipati is an associate professor and the director of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) program in the Kania School of Management at The University of Scranton. He has a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Buffalo and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. His Ph.D. thesis explored the relationship between computerization and hospital costs. He teaches courses in the ERP, Management Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship areas. His current research interests are in the areas of adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), and the impacts of Information Technologies (IT).

Steven J. Szydlowski, D.H.A., MBA, MHA

Associate Professor, Health Administration
Expertise: Global Health, Health Administration, Community Health

Dr. Steven Szydlowski is director of the Health Administration master’s degree program and Associate Professor. Dr. Szydlowski has held executive positions at a community hospital, an integrative medicine clinic, and physician group practices, and works with the Healthy Northeast Pennsylvania Initiative. He is the director of the MHA program. Dr. Szydlowski has written and presented about global health issues, healthcare management, and community health. He has been published in scholarly and professional journals and served on panels at international academic and practitioner conferences. He has facilitated management development and strategic planning workshops internationally.

Dr. Szydlowski received his doctorate in health administration and leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina and his MBA, MHA and bachelor's degree from The University of Scranton.

Beth Elias, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Health Informatics
Expertise: Healthcare Information Technology, Electronic Medical Records

Dr. Elias completed her PhD in Instructional Technology at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia with a research focus on User Satisfaction with Healthcare Information Systems. Dr. Elias also received a MS in the Management of Information Technology from the McIntire School of Commerce at UVA in 2001 and a BS in Computer Science from the State University of New York Institute of Technology. Prior to returning to graduate school Dr. Elias worked as a computer systems engineer primarily in healthcare. Her research interests include the effective use of information technology in healthcare such as point-of-care testing devices and electronic medical records. Dr. Elias is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and serves as a co-chair for the TIGER Community committee.

Dr. Elias has also authored peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and presented at national and international meetings. She has experience teaching informatics at the graduate level in schools of nursing as well as in health informatics programs.

Richard M. Plishka, MBA, MS

Associate Professor, Chair, Computing Sciences
Expertise: Computer Networks, Network Security, Digital Privacy, System Interoperability

Professor Plishka is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Computing Sciences Department at the University of Scranton where he joined the faculty in 1987.  With over four decades of industrial and educational experience, his teaching has focused on a breadth of computing-related subjects including software development, networks and security, and digital privacy.  His consulting experiences range from small software development firms and hospital systems, through major defense contractors. His current research interests focus on privacy, confidentiality, and security as it relates to digital technology and the Internet.  Professor Plishka earned an MBA and M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University in 1977 as well as a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Scranton.

Robert McCloskey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Computer Sciences
Expertise: Computer Programming

Robert McCloskey is an assistant professor in the Department of Computing Sciences, where he has been teaching since 1991. He earned his PhD in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1993. McCloskey has published papers in peer-reviewed professional journals and has presented at professional conferences. He is the long-time director of the University's annual computer programming contest for high school students. His research interests include formal languages, parsing, automata, and algorithms. McCloskey is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

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