Healthcare Informatics

Chaza Abdul PhD
Assistant Professor of Healthcare Informatics


Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems and Communication, Robert Morris University, Pittsburg, PA, USA.
Masters of Business Education and IT (M-Ed), Bloomsburg University of PA, Bloomsburg, PA, USA.
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Undergraduate of Business Administration, University of Phoenix,
Minor in Cultural Diversity, Bloomsburg University of PA Law Degree, Damascus Law School, Damascus, Syria McCann School of Business, Mahanoy​ City, PA, USA.


Chaza Abdul arrived in the US in 1992 as a native speaker of three languages, Romanian, Arabic, and French. As a law degree holder, she grew a passion for pursuing a business and academic career in the US. Therefore, she pursued a change in direction that includes business administration and information technology to fit the corporate world experience he started.
Chaza Abdul began her career as an entry-level healthcare manager until she became a corporate executive for two healthcare organizations, one was an urgent care facility with nine providers, and the other was a for-profit health care corporation based out of Tennessee adding to 16 years of the real world experience. Currently, Chaza Abdul is awaiting her Ph.D. degree in May 2019 in Computer Information Systems and Communication from Robert Morris University.
Chaza Abdul enjoys research and publications. She is married with two children and enjoys traveling, public speaking, reading and innovating, managing, playing piano, gardening, and writing.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Chaza Abdul sees teaching as involving a reciprocal relationship between professors and students. She believes that teachers have duties to their students and that students have duties to their teachers. She believes that it is my responsibility as a teacher to provide students with the following: an environment conducive to learning, a knowledge that will help them be successful in achieving their life goals, materials, opportunities, and feedback. This will help them learn, help in becoming and remaining motivated to be successful both in their studies and in applying their knowledge to solve problems in their lives.
Chaza Abdul research interest includes topics that are related to information technologies, communication, healthcare analytics and informatics, healthcare quality and performance improvement, system usability, and teaching pedagogies.

Courses Taught at HU:

Analysis of Human Language
Intro to Analytics
Principles of Analytics I
Principles of Analytics II
Research Methodology and Writing

Mark Crider, Ph.D., RN
Executive Director and Professor, Nursing

Phone Number:

717-901-5100 x1655


Ph.D. in Nursing/Health Policy – University of California San Francisco School of Nursing and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, San Francisco, CA, USA.
M.S.N. in Nursing Education – Villanova University College of Nursing, Villanova, PA, USA.
B.S. with a major in Nursing – Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, University Park, PA, USA.


Dr. Mark Crider served as Assistant Dean for Administration and Special Projects and Director of the Veteran to BSN program with the Duquesne University School of Nursing before joining Harrisburg University. He also has served as Assistant Professor in the Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA before moving back to Pennsylvania in 2011, taking the position of Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Duquesne University. Dr. Crider also was the Chair of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Nursing before becoming Assistant Dean.
Dr. Crider has a diverse nursing background as a staff nurse, nurse manager, nursing director, lobbyist, management and organizational development specialist, and nurse educator. His research interest is focused on policy, specifically health policy impacting persons with chronic mental illness in the community, professional practice policies, and nursing education policies.
Dr. Crider received his BS in nursing from the School of Nursing at the Pennsylvania State University, his MSN in nursing education from the College of Nursing at Villanova University, and his Ph.D. in nursing with a health policy focus from the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Crider has extensive experience in professional organizational leadership holding membership positions in several nursing specialty organizations including the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. In addition, he has held state leadership roles as a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association/California, and the California League for Nursing. He is a three-time delegate from both Pennsylvania and California to the American Nurses Association general assembly meetings and an honorary member of the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP). In December 2016 Dr. Crider was elected to a two-year term as President of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), the state constituent member of the American Nurses Association (ANA). He also serves as Board President of the Peer Support and Advocacy Network, Allegheny County.

Glenn Mitchell, MD, MPH, CPE, FACEP
Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness

Phone Number:

717-901-5100 x1629


M.Sc. in Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.
MD, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.
MPH, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA.
B.Sc. in Physics, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.


Dr. Mitchell is Professor of Healthcare Informatics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg, PA, He was previously a Senior Consultant at Numerof & Associates, Inc in St Louis, MO. During 2007 to 2012, he was Chief Medical Officer for the Sisters of Mercy Health System, responsible for establishing the Center for Medical Informatics and the Center for Quality and Safety as well as leading the full spectrum of successful physician-related programs such as EHR implementation, ICD-10 conversion, evidence-based medicine use, physician leader development and system-wide strategic planning for all clinical service lines. For thirty years he has been involved, locally and nationally, in the development of provider and staff education and leadership development. During his career, he has been full-time faculty at Brown University (also his alma mater) and adjunct faculty at several institutions including St Louis University, University of Texas Medical Branch and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr. Mitchell is a retired Army Colonel, Past President of the Aerospace Medical Association, former Vice-Chair of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has authored over 40 publications and has received numerous military and civilian awards including the Defense Superior Service Medal, three awards of the Legion of Merit, and the Secretary of the Army’s R&D Achievement Award.

Teaching and Research Interests:

With many years of experience in healthcare delivery and administration, Dr. Mitchell is interested in expanding available healthcare educational offerings at HU. He enjoys teaching all of the courses supporting the Master's Degree in Healthcare Informatics but also enjoys teaching non-clinicians about the US Healthcare System.

Dr. Mitchell enjoys teaching students the analytics and management skills needed to improve population health using today’s big data insights and effective business strategies. He wants to have the data your doctor is entering into the computer actually make you – and everyone else – “healthier!”

Dr. Mitchell's research interests are divided between data mining for health outcomes improvement strategies and innovation in biotechnology solutions for common clinical problems.

Courses Taught at HU:

HCIN 500
HCIN 515
HCIN 520
HCIN 545
HCIN 550
HCIN 699
ISEM 541

Leena Pattarkine, Ph.D.
Professor of Biotechnology

Dr Mrunalini Pattarkine has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology and has extensive experience in biochemistry, biotechnology, and nanobiotechnology. She has worked on membranes, proteins, lipids, DNA diagnostics (gene therapy, DNA chips), and protein immobilization for developing them as nanobiotechnological material. She has experience with bioanalytical techniques for establishing structure-function relationships for macromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids). She has also worked with liposomes and reverse micelles as membrane–mimetic systems. She has conducted research in environmental biotechnology project related to uranium bioremediation. She has been a recipient of Pennsylvania’s Keystone Innovative Zone Grant for research on development of a hand-held biosensor for the detection of Methicillin-resistant /Staphylococcus aureus/ (MRSA).

Research Interests: Biotechnology systems, Biotechnology applications, pharmaceutical information systems, healthcare infomatics

Albert Sarvis, PMP, GISP
Assistant Professor of Geospatial Technology & Director HU Geospatial Technology Center

Phone Number:

717-901-5100 x5174

M.A. in Geography, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
B.A in Geo-Environmental Studies, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.”

Albert Sarvis received his B.A. in Geoenvironmental Studies from Shippensburg University in 1991 and M.A. in Geography at Ohio University in 1994. Mr. Sarvis began his teaching experience as a Graduate Assistant at OU teaching Physical Geography and Geospatial Technology labs. Mr. Sarvis has also taught graduate level Geospatial Technology classes at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and undergraduate classes at Harrisburg Area Community College. In 2005 he began working with Harrisburg University as a corporate faculty member helping to develop and teach the Geospatial Technology program before joining the HU staff full time in January 2011.

Prior to becoming a full time professor Mr. Sarvis worked for 16 years in the Geospatial Technology consulting industry spending 11 of those years as a project manager. He obtained his Project Management Professional certification in 2005 and GIS Professional certification in 2007. Mr. Sarvis has presented Geospatial Technology and Project Management at numerous conferences and workshops during his consulting career and maintains a wide range of Geospatial Industry contacts to benefit both the Geospatial Technology and Project Management program content and future student careers.

Michael L. Seavers, Ph.D.
Healthcare Informatics Program Lead

Ph.D. in Public Administration, Penn State University, PA, U.S.A.
Masters in Healthcare Administration, Penn State University, PA, U.S.A.
Masters in Computer Science, Villanova University, PA, U.S.A.
Master’s in Business Administration, Penn State University, PA, U.S.A.
Bachelor Science in Computer Science, Shippensburg University, PA, U.S.A. (Minor in Music)

Dr. Michael Seavers is an Assistant Professor of Healthcare Informatics at Harrisburg University. Dr. Seavers has a varied background in IT, business, and healthcare spanning many decades. Dr. Seavers began as a programmer analyst at Shared Medical Systems and later at General Electric in their Aerospace Division. Dr. Seavers then began working at Book-of-the-Month Club where he managed an application department focused on order processing and pick-pack-and-ship algorithms. Later as a Senior Project Manager, Dr. Seavers worked for Hanover Direct during the .COM initial years working with major corporate clients like Sony.

As the .COM industry went bust, Dr. Seavers moved to the healthcare industry. Dr. Seavers worked at Capital BlueCross for nearly two decades. The first decade was as a Senior Manager in the IT department and the second decade as the Senior Director of Claims and later the Senior Director of Enrollment and Billing. Dr. Seavers focus was automation of labor for instance in the way of robotics for healthcare.

After a varied career background and various formal degrees, Dr. Seavers is very pleased to be teaching at Harrisburg University.

Teaching and Research Interest:
Prior to coming to Harrisburg University, Dr. Seavers has been an adjunct professor to many colleges and university in Central Pennsylvania (e.g. Dickinson College, Elizabethtown College, Penn State Harrisburg, and Shippensburg University). Dr. Seavers has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science, information technology, healthcare administration, and business administration.

Dr. Seavers’ life-long goal has been to be a professor who teaches not only theory but the practical side of business and healthcare using his vast experiences in the field. Dr. Seavers succumbs to the ancient saying that “if the son/daughter does not turn out better than the father, then they both have failed.” Dr. Seavers uses this saying as a guide when teaching all his students.

Dr. Seavers’ research interests are in the transparency of data, especially in healthcare. For example, as healthcare becomes more and more commoditized, patients need to understand provider and hospital quality and pricing data. The basic question is: How will this data understanding occur especially given privacy concerns? How will patients utilize data once they have it? Data transparency is critical as we continue into the 21st Century.

Courses Taught at HU:

Data Mining
Healthcare Informatics Curriculum Courses