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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2006

Boonshoft School of Medicine Establishes New
Center for Global Health Systems, Management, and Policy

DAYTON, OHIO--Medical students and faculty at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will better understand the globalization of health care through a new Center for Global Health Systems, Management, and Policy, which will have both research and educational components.

The center's pioneering research program, the newly created Global Health Systems Program, is designed to examine the successes and challenges faced in health care delivery and policy throughout the world. Recognizing that health care in the future will have some critical characteristics that are common around the globe, this program will seek to understand the processes of care being delivered throughout the world, to learn from others how to improve our own systems, and to help other countries improve the systems of care they deliver.

Richard J. Schuster, M.D., MMM, Oscar Boonshoft Chair and center director, explains, "In France and Germany, for example, people live as long as in the U.S. and have similar rates of infant mortality and diseases, but the cost of health care is about 75 percent of the costs in the U.S. In Sweden, the same outcomes occur with 50 percent of the cost. What are they doing and how are they doing it?"

Schuster recently led a group of medical school faculty to Israel to meet with leaders in the emergency preparedness field. The goals for the trip were to increase awareness of other systems of emergency preparedness that could be applied here and to enhance the development of educational programs in emergency preparedness in the U.S. As a result, the center received funding from the Levin Family Foundation to develop a report, which to be shared with the Dayton community, that compiles the critical information learned and seeks to develop joint programs with hospitals, schools, and the government in Israel.

The center also conducts research in public health and in cardiovascular prevention, with funding from NIH, CDC, and the Ohio Department of Health.

In education, the center will continue offering the health care portion of the Wright State University Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a Certificate Program in Health Care Management in partnership with the Raj Soin College of Business. It will also continue to offer the Master of Public Health Degree (MPH), which began in 2004 in partnership with regional public health districts and is expected to have approximately 65 students this fall. The MPH focuses on expanding management skills, improving health education and promotion, enhancing skills in emergency preparedness, and increased awareness of global health. The Boonshoft Physician Leadership Development Program, a program to offer medical students special leadership skills and a dual degree, either the MD/MBA or MD/MPH, is entering its 4th year with 27 students.

As of this fall, the Center for Global Health Systems, Management, and Policy will have 11 faculty and 7 staff working at its offices in Research Park in Kettering. In addition, approximately 55 other faculty throughout Wright State University and the community are involved with research and educational programs offered by the center. The new center was formerly known as the Division of Health Systems Management within the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Community Health.