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New faculty positions for 2020 in the Natural & Applied Sciences department

Health TLN members conduct innovative research in a variety of cross-disciplinary areas. 

For a complete list of recent members' health-related publications, click here.

Patients & Consumers

  • The paradigm of patient-centered care in the "business of healthcare"
  • The complex interplay of psychology, communications and education
  • Concerns about privacy, autonomy and ethics
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Systems & Information

  • Examination of the healthcare systems, their structure, behaviors and management
  • The increasingly central role of computers and information technologies in clinical care
  • Information and process management
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Outcomes & Measures

  • Epidemiological, actuarial, and economic measures related to the business of healthcare
  • Applications of big data, machine learning and data analytics methods
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Technology & Innovation

  • Challenges of innovation spanning science, management, finance and policy
  • Innovation's impact on health and healthcare
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Featured Member Research

The Unintended Consequences of E-cigarette Rules and Regulations

Age limits on and advertising for e-cigarettes is having surprising effects on who uses them and who doesn’t. So found Dr. Dhaval M. Dave, Stanton Research Professor of Economics, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and member of the Health Thought Leadership Network at Bentley University, who received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2016 to study what was then an emerging nicotine product that a lot of people didn’t know much about.

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The Unintended Consequences of E-Cigarette Rules and Regulations
Dr. Jon Ericson

The Future of Health Care is a Virtual Reality at Bentley

He may be an expert in virtual reality, but Assistant Professor Dr. Jon Ericson’s work has very real implications for the future of health care and its study at Bentley University.

Dr. Ericson, who arrived at Bentley in January 2017, is the architect behind Bentley’s new virtual and augmented reality lab, where students and researchers are able to create, explore, and manipulate virtual environments. Virtual reality, as a still-evolving technology, has applications for myriad industries, from architecture to social interaction to industrial design. But the health care space is where Dr. Ericson sees significant potential.

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Nanotechnology, Scientists, and Startups

For entrepreneurs seeking an edge in the business community, look to the field of nanotechnology. You have more to offer than you may think, according to Christopher Skipwith, an assistant professor in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences and member of the Health Thought Leadership Network at Bentley University.

“The biggest thing I try to cultivate in my students is that you don’t need to be a scientist to have a role in a science-based startup,” says Skipwith, a biophysicist and materials engineer with a research focus in nanotechnology. 

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Nanotechnology, Scientists, and Startups
Engaging with Global Health Problems in Africa

Engaging with Global Health Problems in Africa

Global health issues are no abstraction when you live and work alongside African villagers in urgent need of food, water, and basic sanitation, according to Bentley professors who have spent more than a decade engaged with such communities.

Recently Bentley’s Health Thought Leadership Network, which advances impactful research in health and healthcare, supported the innovative work of two faculty members. Both are engaged in transformative work in Africa. In interviews, they share the philosophy behind their work and the passion that drives it.

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Preparing for Disaster Before it Strikes

When a deadly virus strikes, an earthquake erupts, biological agents are released, governments swing into action. Officials develop solutions to the crisis because, as all can see, the need is evident. A better game plan: anticipate risks, even those not easily identifiable, and prepare beforehand.

This is the policy challenge posed by Rob DeLeo, Assistant Professor of Global Public Policy in the Department of Global Studies at Bentley University, in his new book, Anticipatory Policymaking: When Government Acts to Prevent Problems and Why It is So Difficult. 

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Rob DeLeo
Jill Brown

The Future of Healthcare: What You Need to Know

Recently, Jill Brown, a management professor at Bentley University, went to the doctor. Over the course of her examination, she was directed to get a routine but specialized test at a nearby hospital. Here is the thing: she knew better.

The healthcare industry is changing and you will benefit from learning about the business decisions at play, according to Brown, whose research examines the sweeping changes occurring in the sector. 

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