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Historic Timeline

The idea for creation of College of Allied Health Sciences arose in 1994 from a task force created by former UC leaders; Anthony Perzigian, PhD and Donald Harrison, MD.


  • CAHS becomes the 16th college at UC.


  • First annual Presentation of Research and Innovative Scholarly Endeavors (PRaISE) Conference.

  • CAHS moves into renovated Shriners Burns Institute, allowing for 38,000 square feet for offices, classrooms, auditoriums, labs and brought all the allied health programs together on one campus.

  • The building was named French East in honor of the French family in 1999 for their generous support of the academic health center.


  • Voice lab opens.
  • Bahmann Room for Assistive Devices opens.
  • MS in Nutrition offered.
  • Medical Technology transitions into Clinical Laboratory Sciences offering a certificate, degree, and online courses.
  • MS in Blood transfusion transfers to CAHS from College of Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Science offers BS in Health Sciences.
  • Student Ambassador program begins.
  • First endowed chair established in Nutrition for Maternal and Child Nutrition.


  • Health Sciences program begins.


  • Implementation of the Sonography Program begins in autumn with $150,000 from the then Health Alliance (now UC Health University Hospital) and $9,000 from Children’s Hospital over three years, to support the program under the leadership of Alan Vespie.
  • Kenneth Donnelly University of Cincinnati Audiology Clinic at Woodward Career Technical High School was established.
  • Nutrition adds three concentrations.


  • Clinical Laboratory Science starts distance learning track for MS and BS degrees.
  • Dietetics coordinated program accredited.
  • Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) approved by OBR in spring.
  • Students are admitted to revised (AuD) program in the fall.
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences launches new distance learning (DL) program with 58 students from more than 20 states.
  • New Coordinated Program in Dietetics receives developmental accreditation from the American Dietetic Association under the leadership of Elise Cowie, MEd, RD, LD.


  • Health Information Management distance learning program was implemented in the winter in response to a request by Cincinnati State to provide a degree completion program for their two-year graduates.
  • Health Information Management distance learning program becomes a collaborative transfer 2 + 2 program.
  • MA in Speech Language Pathology offered online.
  • First Year Experience program is added.
  • Physician Leadership Program, a continuing education program sponsored by Humana, under a five-year grant is launched.
  • Nutrition department receives the Bod Pod.


  • Health Information Management distance learning program received full accreditation.
  • CCHMC Pediatric Voice Center opens.
  • Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences begins new track in Cellular Therapies.
  • Nutritional Sciences adds Business minor.
  • First distance learning class of Clinical Laboratory Science graduates.
  • Sonography Lab opens.


  • Movement & Gait Lab opens.
  • First class of PT doctoral students pinning ceremony takes place.
  • DPT becomes approved by the OBR.
  • First CLS Distance Learning students graduate.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Carl A. Huether establish the first-ever endowment fund for the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program.
  • 100% of PT graduates pass the national board exam on the first try.
  • Animal audiology clinic begins.
  • First NYC/Jerusalem SLP graduating class.
  • First HIM graduating class.
  • Colin R. Macpherson, MD, Laboratory dedicated.


  • Communication Sciences and Disorders reaccredited through 2012.
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology reaccredited through 2012, and is currently one of the fastest growing undergraduate programs in the college with 241 students enrolled.
  • Health Sciences continues to be the fastest growing program.
  • Highest ever year of active grants.
  • Enrollment is at an all-time high.
  • Laura W. Kretschmer, EdD, Faculty Resource Room named in appreciation for the passion, commitment, and contribution s to faculty development as a friend, mentor and leader.
  • 10th anniversary celebration of the college held, honoring Donald C. Harrison, MD; Andrea R. Lindell, PhD, RN, ANEF; Robert E. Burket; Jane H. Garvin, MS, RD; Marvin H. Rorick III, MD; Laura W. Kretschmer, EdD; Colin R. Macpherson, MD
  • Established first Development Leadership Council which includes: Dr. Linda Graeter, Ms. Shelagh Watson, Ms. Marie McDaniel, Ms. Terri Hollenkamp, Dr. Judith Marlowe, Dr. John Clark, Dr. Nancy Creaghead, Mrs. Laura Harrison, Dr. Joan Murdock, Ms. Gail Smith, Dr. Grace Falciglia, Dr. Sarah Couch, Mrs. Doris Cambruzzi, Mrs. Jane Garvin, Mrs. Ellen Rember, Dr. Tina Whalen, Dr. Steve Page, Ms. Monica Wilkins. Mr. Kevin Flynn Esq.


  • The Genetic Counseling Program moves to the College of Medicine beginning in the fall of 2009.
  • The Coordinated Program in dietetics is granted initial accreditation until 2018 by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics in Education.
  • The Didactic Program in Dietetics is granted initial accreditation until 2018 by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics in Education.
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology is awarded accreditation until 2012.
  • For the first time, the college allocates 25 $1,000 scholarships to freshmen from a development gift.
  • First-ever Service learning Community Partners fair is held-159 freshmen attend and 17 Service learning Community Partners are present.
  • A renovated office suite on the second floor of French East is completed, including 23 offices, one conference room, and a faculty resource room named the Laura W. Kretschmer Faculty Resource Room.
  • The college establishes a Senior Class Gift initiative for the first time.
  • Faculty/staff giving is approximately 60 percent.
  • Active grants increase from $1,205,948 in 2008 to $2,019,725 in 2009 (a 68 percent increase).
  • Faculty scholarly activity-63 national presentations are made and eight book chapters are written.


  • School of Social Work moves to College of Allied Health Sciences July 1.
  • The Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders and Rehabilitation Sciences alumni treat students to "Speed Career Mentoring".
  • The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science reaccredits the Clinical Laboratory Science program.
  • Monica Wilkins, PT, MHA, serves as first director of student minority recruitment and retention.
  • A garden space at French East is created and dedicated to the memory of Nathan Sanders, Information Technology Analyst.
  • Carolyn ("Carney") Sotto, PhD, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, receives a university-wide Outstanding Adjunct Faculty award.
  • The first-ever Alumni Directory is produced by Harris Connect.
  • On-campus enrollment is 57 percent of the total enrollment, and distance learning is 43 percent of the total enrollment.
  • Active grants increase from $2,019,725 in 2009 to $3,207,543 in 2010 (a 59 percent increase).
  • The first-ever distinguished alumni awards, one per department/division, are awarded at PRaISE on May 21.


  • UC Board of Trustees approves creation of Masters in Health Administration.
  • The Cincinnati Business Courier names Kari Dunning, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, a Health Care Hero finalist in the Innovator category.
  • A Certificate in Animal Audiology is offered for the first time.
  • Connections mentoring program reaches out to underrepresented CAHS freshmen.
  • The college's overall headcount enrollment increases by 34 percent from fall 2010 to fall 2011 (i.e., 1,995 students to 2,664 students), which includes the addition of the School of Social Work.
  • UC Presidential Scholarship recipient Brian Barney chooses the Health Sciences program.
  • The college's National Student Speech Language Hearing Association chapter is awarded Chapter of the Year.
  • Robert W. Keith, PhD, Audiology Research Endowment Fund is established to support student research.
  • First annual Mid-Collegiate Touch-Point Conference takes place focusing on medical ethics.
  • School of Social Work student Kimmins Southard receives the prestigious 2011 C-Ring award for academic excellence.
  • The college expands interdisciplinary global community engagement with Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
  • Nutrition students move into a new nutrition assessment laboratory with teaching, research and service functions.
  • The School of Social Work establishes a new computer laboratory and video conferencing room in French Hall West.
  • Rebecca Leugers, MS, PT, assistant professor, is awarded the prestigious Mrs. A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Ohio Physical Therapy Association names Nancy Talbott, PhD, MS, PT, associate professor, Physical Therapist of the Year.
  • Loren Brook, first recipient of a new scholarship offered by the Department of Nutritional Sciences, is the first student seeking the dual degree of medical degree and master's degree in nutrition.
  • Freshman to sophomore retention improves from 79.9 percent to 84.7 percent.
  • Active grants increase 10 percent to $3,517,043.
  • Each professional area has an established student organization.
  • Faculty/staff giving is 81 percent, the second-highest participation rate across the University of Cincinnati.


  • Freshmen to sophomore retention improves from 84.7 percent to 85.6 percent
  • On-campus enrollment is 69 percent of total enrollment, and distance learning is 31 percent of total enrollment
  • Outreach to Hughes STEM High School continued to facilitate Hughes student retention, support their transition to college, and increase the college's minority student population--included a college level medical terminology class taught at the high school.
  • The college held intersessions with Hughes high school students including program overviews and demonstrations
  • Established Multicultural Concerns (MC2) in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Social Work's chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers, new student organizations that strengthen the college's commitment to excellence and diversity
  • Bachelor's in respiratory therapy distance learning program is offered for the first time spring semester
  • Established the Center for Educational Technology and Instructional Support
  • Second annual Mid-Collegiate Touch Point Conference takes place focusing on interdisciplinary education and practice
  • The college works toward distinguishing itself as a national model for integrated core learning at the undergraduate level
  • Faculty active in scholarly activity, publishing 108 journal articles in refereed journals or in press
  • Faculty and staff make 90 national presentations and write five book chapters
  • Redesigned Room 4211 in French Hall to create a new technology laboratory with video conferencing capabilities
  • Completed state-of-the-art renovation of Room 235 French East
  • Published and sent e-Connections bi-annual newsletter to all alumni and friends
  • Alumni videos posted to CAHS website
  • Overall enrollment increased by 3.1 percent from 2011 to 2012 (2,664 students to 2,747 students)
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College of Allied Health Sciences
French East Building
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267 

Phone: (513) 558-7495
Fax: (513) 558-7494

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