BRADENTON, Fla. (July 8, 2020) — Timothy S. Novak, D.B.A., dean of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Health Services Administration, announced today the appointment of Lisa M. Tavallali, Ph.D., M.B.A., as the director of the LECOM Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program. Tavallali has 25 years of healthcare industry experience facilitating community wellness, optimizing operational performance for patient-centered clinical care and administrative support activities in both acute and subacute care settings. Her areas of research include Medicaid expansion in a safety net county healthcare system, accountable care organizations, the uninsured in America, healthcare economics of urban policy-analysis of geographic regions in the U.S., and information technology infrastructure in the paperless hospital. LECOM’s M.P.H. program curriculum focuses on the complex problem solving of domestic public health issues facing the U.S. today, including mitigation of pandemics, access to quality healthcare, disease containment strategies in a global society, and next-generation data sharing and information systems. Course work is delivered through a robust web-based education platform by an expert team of faculty with deep public health expertise. The fully accredited 45 credit-hour master’s degree program is completed one course at a time with student access available around the clock. The 24-month degree is specifically designed for busy working professionals who wish to continue their careers full time while completing their formal education. The M.P.H. degree is one of three master’s degree programs and one doctoral program offered through the LECOM School of Health Services Administration. Other programs include Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics, Masters in Health Services Administration and Doctor of Healthcare Administration.