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McMaster alumna leads Bachelor of Health Sciences program

Published: August 20, 2015
Stacey Ritz
Stacey Ritz has been appointed new assistant dean for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours).

The new assistant dean for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) (B.H.Sc.) program has won awards for her work in the program.

Stacey Ritz, who takes the position on Sept. 1, was part of the program's team of instructors who won the 2005 McMaster President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Course or Resource Design), as well as the national Alan Blizzard Award for collaborative course development and contributions to teaching from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

A McMaster University alumna, Ritz graduated with a B.Sc. (Honours) in biology in 1997 and a PhD in molecular immunology, virology and inflammation in 2003. She has spent the last 10 years as a faculty member in the Medical Sciences Division of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), and she has been an associate professor since 2010.

Ritz will lead the innovative and popular B.H.Sc. program, which was designed to offer students an understanding of health from biological, behavioural and population-based perspectives, with a foundation in science. She replaces Del Harnish, who has served as assistant dean since the program's inception in 2000.

"Dr. Ritz is well-prepared to ensure the ongoing success and evolution of our innovative and award-winning B.H.Sc. program," said Alan Neville, associate dean (education) of the FHS.

"Her extensive experience in the basic biological sciences, health and medical sciences, education, critical theory and philosophy will allow her to draw on a very useful range of perspectives for the program's curriculum, evaluation and research activities."

Back in 2004 Ritz also taught first-year inquiry in the B.H.Sc. program, and co-developed and co-taught the fourth-year B.H.Sc. course on science, culture and identity.

At NOSM, she played key roles in the development and implementation of many policies for the medical program, including significant leadership in student assessment and promotion, student appeals and curriculum development in the MD Program and the NOSM Pediatrics Residency Program.

Ritz's research interests include integrating sex and gender into laboratory-based biomedical research; critical discourse analysis and critical literacy in health professional education; and the effects of particulate air pollution on the immune system.

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