Health Studies Institute of Rider University

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Health Studies Institute at Rider, focusing on Education, Innovation, Outreach

Advancing knowledge of health care, health sciences, health policy and health administration

Ensuring access to quality health care is one of the greatest challenges we face as Americans and global citizens. It demands the skilled expertise and compassion of direct health care providers — and the knowledge and commitment of countless professionals in health-related enterprises in business, government, human services and beyond. Rider’s Health Studies Institute has been created to contribute to the social, economic, political and ethical considerations integral to achieving that goal.

Our Goals
Rider University’s Health Studies Institute brings together its diverse perspectives, expertise and leadership to impact regional, national and global health issues through education, innovation and outreach. Through this three-pronged approach, we hope to shape health care policy, enhance the practice and delivery of health care, and contribute to the improved health of all populations through education, advocacy and skilled direct care.

Our Structure
The Institute will serve as a center of excellence at Rider University, bringing together the multidisciplinary expertise of our talented and connected faculty in health-related fields in the disciplines of business, liberal arts and sciences, education, performing arts and continuing studies, and the resources and support of the greater University community.

Our Three Areas of Emphasis

Preparing a new generation of professionals.
Rider’s health-focused undergraduate and graduate programs encompass health care, health sciences, health policy and health administration, with degree, online and certificate options.

Courses feature an interdisciplinary framework that brings together the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, business, education and the arts. With a dozen current programs and more on the horizon, Rider is expanding its efforts to meet the growing workforce demands for skilled health professionals in our county and state through relevant studies, outstanding instruction and meaningful hands-on experiences.

Analyzing critical issues with creativity and impact.
Our faculty and students are engaged in wide-ranging publicly- and privately-funded basic science and community-based research. Their innovative work is adding new knowledge to the study of health and value to our students’ learning outcomes.

Working with others to achieve better health.
We are forging new and expanded partnerships with our region’s hospitals, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, and nonprofit and governmental agencies. This outreach is providing vital direction on best practices, priorities and community needs in health — and essential internships, networking and community service opportunities for our students.

Academic Programs in Health Studies at Rider

Upcoming Events

Throughout the year, the Health Studies Institute sponsors lectures, workshops and conferences on timely and important health-related subjects that are open to students and faculty, health professionals and interested members of the general community. Presenters include members of Rider’s health studies faculty, accomplished alumni in the field, and leading area professionals.

Women’s Health Symposium
October 27, 2018, 2-4 p.m.
NJM Community Room, Bart Luedike Center.
Breast Cancer screening, genetics, new treatments, nutrition and wellness.
Co-sponsored with Women’s Leadership Council

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Daniel Shungu
October 29, 2018
, 6:45 - 8:30 p.m.
Fine Arts 147
Dr. Daniel Shungu is the Founding and Executive Director of the Non-governmental Development Organization, UFAR, based in Lawrenceville and Kinshasa, Democractic Republic of Congo. His talk will descrie the health delivery system of UFAR, and the distribution of the preventative drug Mectizan, which has been delivered to over 7 million Congolese as of 2018. The complete elimination of his neglected tropic disease in the DRC is upcoming.
Co-sponsored by the Health Care Policy major in Political Science
Health 411, Radio Show
Learn how to take better care of yourself and receive up-to-date health information you may have never heard about before. Listen to Dr. Johnathan Karp and Health 411 Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. exclusively on 107.7 the Bronc.
Radio show host: Dr. Jonathan Karp


Previous Events

Pharmaceutical R&D and the Regulatory Challenge: 21st Century Considerations
Barry Sickels, Rider, B.S. Biology '85
Global Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at Sanofi S.A.
Health Delivery: A Paradigm Shift for the Poor
Dr. Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health An International Medical Charity


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Health Insurance
Allen Karp, Rider CBA '81
Senior Vice President of Healthcare Management at Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey
Marijuana: Weeding Out The Truth 2018
Cathleen Lewis, former director of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast, the Honorable Stephen D. Reid, mayor of Point Pleasant Beach, Grace Hanlon, director of NJ RAMP – New Jersey Responsible Approaches To Marijuana Policy and Robert Czepiel, Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, a Rider alum (’92 Pol. Sci.)
Co-sponsored by Rider's Health Studies Institute


Smoke Free Forum
Open forum to discuss the idea of becoming a smoke-free campus
Bending The Arc
Screening of a documentary about global health pioneers


Population Health Initiatives and the Future of Primary Care Medicine
With special guest speakers Dr. Joseph Scalia '92 and Robert Raggi '17
Drinking Water Contaminants in New Jersey
Gloria Post, Ph.D.
Standards and Human Health Division of Science, Research, and Environmental Health New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Co-Sponsored with the Rider Health Sciences Environmental & Human Health Seminar Series


Ivermectin: The Story of a Drug that Prevents Major Type of Blindness
Dr. William C. Campbell
2015 Nobel Winner in Physiology or Medicine
Co-Sponsored with Rider University Global Studies & Health Care Policy Major
Mental Health: The Healthcare Challenge of Our Time
Craig S. Kramer
Chair, Global Campaign for Mental Health Neuroscience External Affairs
Janssen Research and Development, LLC
(A Johnson & Johnson Company)


Online Wellness Coaching and Counseling
Trevor Buser, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Rider University
Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling Program
Impact of Nanomaterial Exposure on the Cardiovascular System
Phoebe Stapleton, Ph.D., A.T.C.
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, EOHSI-Toxicology
Co-Sponsored with the Rider Health Sciences Environmental & Human Health Seminar Series


The Future Is Now: Advancements and Revolutionary Changes in 21st-Century Health Care Discussion
Funded by BD Health
Panel Discussion Featuring Rider University Alumni

Charles Bell, D.O., Rider ’75 Biology
Chief Medical Officer of Parallon Technology Solutions

Eli Mordechai, Ph.D., Rider ’90 Biochemistry
CEO of Genesis Biotechnology Group

Christy Stephenson, R.N., Rider ’87 Liberal Studies
Former President and CEO at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Moderated by
Chris Fox, Rider ’97 Biology
Head of Marketing, IDbyDNA

Anne Carroll, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairperson of the Finance and Economics Department
Health Disparities in Older Adults: Fallacies of the “Golden Years” Exposed
Lori Martin-Plank, Ph.D., GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Arizona College of Nursing (distance)


To learn more about the admission process, please contact:
Admissions at 800-257-9026 or [email protected].

To learn more about the activities and services of Rider’s Health Studies Institute, please contact the director:

Headshot of Jonathan Yavelow
Professor of Biology, Faculty Director of the Health Studies Institute
Science and Technology Center, 338E


  • 1978 Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1973 B.S., Biology, American University, Washington, D.C.,

Recent Appointments

  • 2015-2018 Commissioner, New Jersey State Commission for Cancer Research
  • 2011-2012 Visiting Scholar, Institute for Advanced Study

Recent Book and Research Interests