Department of Health Professions
The Department of Health Professions (DHP) with its great mixture of people and programs, is the home of the five accredited professional practice programs within the College of Health Professions: Anesthesia for Nurses (Doctorate), Cardiovascular Perfusion (Masters), Occupational Therapy (Masters transitioning to Doctorate), Physical Therapy (Doctorate), and Physician Assistant Studies (Masters). They have some of the most selective admissions in the country. We are also home to the new Division of Healthcare Studies that offers students opportunities to engage in healthcare with a BS and to position themselves to apply to graduate programs or work immediately after attaining their BS. We have over 30 faculty members and over 600 students in the Department with administrative staff for each program and a dedicated clinical education office that includes four full time staff. We also have state of the art classrooms and teaching labs. Through our outstanding students and faculty, we are starting to bring inter-professional education from the classroom into practice. For example, the award-winning Community Aid, Relief, Education and Support (CARES) Clinic provides an opportunity for students from different professions to work together. The use of simulation is also pervasive in DHP and we have some of the leaders in simulation within their professions. We also have a seed grant program to help further develop collaboration between the Divisions in DHP and to also collaborate with other units in the College and University. Ultimately, we want to fully integrate research, education and clinical practice for our students and faculty to best serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. This evidence-based integration will ultimately impact the quality of clinical practice through the use of education research and implementation science.
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Richard (Rick) L. Segal, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA has been Professor and Chair since August 2013. He received his education in Physical Therapy from the Ohio State University (OSU). During his undergraduate days at OSU he received the Telencephalon award for the highest grade in Human Anatomy which ultimately afforded him the opportunity to be a teaching assistant in Human Anatomy. It was during this experience that the fire was lit to become teacher. Later after full physical therapy practice he attended the University of Virginia for his PhD where he received training in anatomy and neuroscience. After completion of his PhD he started a faculty position at Emory University where he continued to teach and establish himself as an NIH funded researcher and research mentor. He then moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) as Director of the Division of Physical Therapy and later added the role of interim Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Center of the UNC and North Carolina State University Joint Biomedical Engineering Department until his move to MUSC.
In addition to Chairing the Department, Dr. Segal is Principal Investigator for the NIH funded Training in Grantsmanship in Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR), Education Director for the NIH funded National Center of Neurmodulation for Rehabilitation (NM4R), and Executive Committee and Recruiting Director for the NIH funded Engineering Career Development Center in Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences (IREK12). Finally, he is helping to develop the Grantsmanship and Mentorship in Education Research (GAMER) for Physical Therapy’s Education Leadership Partnership.