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SHP names Bertrand Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research

UAB School of Health Professions Current News
June 2, 2016

Ted Bertrand, Ph.D.
Ted Bertrand, Ph.D., named assistant dean for
Undergraduate Research

The UAB School of Health Professions has named Ted Bertrand, Ph.D., assistant dean for Undergraduate Research. Bertrand, an associate professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences and a research appointment in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, is charged with creating research experiences that will engage many of the 800+ undergraduate students in the School.

 “Often people think research is only ‘lab’ or ‘bench’ but, any activity that leads to generating and disseminating new knowledge is research,” said Bertrand who provides instruction in the undergraduate Biomedical Sciences program. “With that in mind, we build on our current successes by developing even stronger student focused undergraduate research experiences.”

The School of Health Professions has one of the fastest growing undergraduate populations at UAB with an increase of 50 percent from Fall 2012 to Fall 2015. Total undergraduate students were above 800 in Fall 2015 with more than 400 in the Department of Health Services Administration‘s Health Care Management program and more than 300 in the Biomedical Sciences program. Bertrand is well aware that different students within different programs within different departments mean different interests.

“We are developing a variety of ways to engage students by offering integrative coursework as well as expanding research opportunities,” said Bertrand. “We want to be able to pair undergraduate students with research mentors so together they can experience first-hand how research and translation of discovery, and dissemination of knowledge  leads to improvement in health care.”

His first official day as assistant dean was June 1, 2016.