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July 27, 2017

Leadership Changes in Public Health

The Department of Health Policy and Management in the Graduate School of Public Health has named a new vice chair of education and director of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) and MHA/MBA joint degree programs.

Kevin Broom

Kevin Broom

Kevin Broom comes to Pitt from Saint Louis University, where he served as an assistant professor of health management and policy. Broom succeeds Wesley Rohrer, who returned to the faculty on June 30.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to work with such an outstanding university and to become a part of the Pitt family,” said Broom. “My overall mission is to help elevate the standing and visibility of the graduate programs offered within the Department of Health Policy and Management.”

Broom received his MBA from Syracuse University and his PhD in business administration from the University of Mississippi. He also spent 23 years serving in the Army Medical Department, where he held leadership positions in several military hospitals.

Broom identified his key goals in his new positions as working toward elevating the national rankings of the MHA program and improving alumni relations. Additionally, he plans to improve opportunities for mentoring – not only between students and faculty, but also with alumni.

Wesley Rohrer

Wesley Rohrer

Rohrer stepped down from his administrative positions in the department after more than 35 years in leadership roles. He joined the Graduate School of Public Health’s administration in 1980 and, over the course of his career, served as the assistant dean for administration for Pitt Public Health and acting chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and associate dean for administration in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. For the past decade, Rohrer was the director of the MHA program in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and until recently directed the Master of Public Health program. In 2013, he was appointed the inaugural vice chair for education in the department.

Throughout, Rohrer taught undergraduate and graduate courses in a wide variety of specific content areas important to the training of health care management professionals. He was the recipient of the James L. Craig Endowed Excellence in Education Award, the highest teaching award that the Pitt Public Health offers, which recognizes those who go above and beyond in teaching and mentoring.

“Although I have had the opportunity to grow professionally as a manager in many areas of University administration, my role as a teacher, advisor and mentor has been the focal point of my efforts and energy,” said Rohrer.  “My commitment to being an educator has been my passion for the past 35 years.”

Rohrer said that he looks forward to being able to turn his attention back toward the classroom and teaching. “I am eager to have this opportunity to continue to make a contribution to the professional and leadership development of our students, to become more innovative in the classroom, and to devote more time to scholarship, publications, and community service,” said Rohrer.

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