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Professor Carl Ross

has been the key player in RMU’s international healthcare studies program, leading student groups to Nicaragua in June and November each year for more than 30 years.  

He is responsible for developing and maintaining an international agenda for SNHS. It’s a commitment he is passionate about. When you work with a different culture and make an impact it changes you forever. It changes the students forever,” he said.  

Dr. Ross developed core values for the program that include Global Perspective and Individuals Matter. “Individuals do matter,” he said, “especially in nursing.” He believes you cannot treat a person without knowing what their culture is.  A person is what their culture is.  Understanding this helps nursing students learn how to treat patients holistically.”

Students are immersed in the culture for the time they are away, assigned to a family and assessing their health each day. It’s eye opening for the students, who see firsthand how much is available outside of a third world country. You can’t value what you have until you see what others don’t have,” Professor Ross believes. Students in the RMU program are outside of the national norm for healthcare students studying abroad.


International4There consistently have between 50 to 70 percent of students in each class choosing to be part of an international experience. The national statistic for healthcare professionals is 5 percent,” Professor Ross said. He believes in a strong, three-fold primary care model:  Promote, Predict, Prevent. This plan seeks to make people aware of healthy practices to prevent illness before it begins. As a consultant to the Ministry of Health in Nicaragua, this was the model he helped to develop for the country. 

Professor Ross continues to lead student groups abroad. Contact Dr. Ross at 412-397-3941 or via email at ross@rmu.edu.



Holly Hampe, D.Sc.

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has been on both sides of the RMU classroom, as a student and an instructor. Dr. Hampe earned her doctorate at RMU in 2011 and now leads the university’s B.S. and M.H.A. online degree program in health administration. The former vice president and cheif quality officer of St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon, Hampe joined the School of Nursing and Health Sciences full-time faculty in the fall of 2014 and is director of the university's B.S. and M.H.A. online degree programs in health services administration. The program focuses on health care infrastructure and management, and has been selected as a Top 25 Smart Choice School for Online Healthcare Administration Degrees in 2014.

Hampe, who earned her doctorate from RMU in 2011, says she enjoys leading students in online class discussions and collaborations with the help of tools like Google hangouts. "Some topics have been controversial; in the health law class we asked if prisoners on death row should be able to donate their organs to transplant patients. We also talked about Obamacare and what's involved in that legislation,"Hampe says. Because classes are online, she says, students are less shy about asking questions and sharing their opinions.

Students in the online program can earn their degrees at their own pace while working full-time jobs. Hampe says she's eager to use her network of connections to help students follow her path from R.N. to hospital leadership roles. "Next semester I'm teaching a graduate class on strategic planning," she says, "and I'm bringing in a retired CEO and chairman of the board I know so students can ask questions and get their perspectives, and learn the importance of networking in health care."

-- Alan Buehler, From RMU Foundations Magazine, Winter 2015