Faculty & Staff

College of Health Professions

Girmay BerGirmay_Berhiehie, PhD, MSW, MSIS
Professor and Program Director of Health Informatics
Gullickson Hall 107
Phone: 304-696-2718
Email: berhie@marshall.edu

Dr. Girmay Berhie serves as Associate Dean of Research for the College of Health Professions (COHP). Dr. Berhie joined Marshall University faculty in 1991 and is the program founder, chair, and tenured professor of Health Informatics. He was also one of the founders of the undergraduate and graduate Public Health programs at Marshall University. The Health Informatics program is the only program of its kind in the State of West Virginia accredited by CAHIIM. He has also developed two online Graduate Certificate programs in Nursing Informatics and Data Analytics beginning in Fall 2018. Both these Graduate Certificates and the Master’s of Health Informatics are designated as STEM programs. Dr. Berhie received a Master’s in Social work from St. Louis University, a Master’s of Science in Information Systems from the Division of Computer science, Marshall University, and his Doctorate in Public Policy and Analysis with a concentration in Research Methodology from St. Louis University. He has also taken several courses such as Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Outcome and Effectiveness Research Regression Analysis in Public Health at John Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Berhie has specialized and now lectures in the following areas: biostatistics, data analytics, EHR implementation, population health, Tableau, Power BI, revenue cycle management, and research methodology. Dr. Berhie’s experience includes holding a position as the former Director of West Virginia Statistical Center where he successfully wrote and was awarded grant funds from the National Institute of Justice and the National Institute of Health. He has served as the Project Director, Principal Investigator, Project Researcher, and Independent Evaluator for numerous grants from NIH, DOL, NIJ, and SAMHSA. He is currently serving as the Project Director for the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program at Marshall University.

        Dr. Berhie is the former Executive Director of the not-for-profit organization, “International Medical & Academic Alliance (IMAA)”. IMAA has developed a partnership with Florida Hospital Corporation. As former Executive Director, Dr. Berhie applied to the US-AID program for $3.5 million to support the expansion of healthcare in Ethiopia but was rejected. This project expansion is still under development. Dr. Berhie has published many articles in the following peer-reviewed journals: The Research of National Institute of Justice, The Journal of Health Administration Education, The Journal of African Policy Studies, The Social Science and Medicine and International Journal, The West Virginia Criminal Justice Journal, and Strategies for Promoting Pluralism in Education and the Workplace. He also has several publications in progress that he co-authored such as “Efficacy of Telemedicine in Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. He is also a published author (2012). His book titled, “The Multi-Dimensional Development Evaluation Model: A Conceptual Schema for Evaluating Developmental Programs Proposed for Developing Countries” deals with the development of instruments on the Formative, Process, and Summative evaluation. He has also written a chapter in a peer-reviewed book titled “Health Informatics for the Curious: Why Study Health Informatics?”(2017). Dr. Berhie is currently engaged in research efforts for the development of the West Virginia Health Innovation Center: The Center of Excellence in Health Informatics, Elevated Blood Pressure and Elevated Blood Glucose Level Risk Factors among West Virginia, Appalachian high school students: Problems Associated with a Growing Prevalence of Obesity, the development of apps in mobile e-Health intervention in obesity in rural areas, and the role of development and implementation of mobile apps and telemedicine in transforming health care in developing countries: a perspective. He also aspires to assist like-minded people in attracting Federal, State, and private funds and as Associate Dean making research a potent arm for the Health Informatics Department both in the United States and globally.

A list of Dr. Berhie’s research and grants can be found below.

Research & Grants

  • National Initiatives Model: As a former Director of West Virginia Statistical Center (WVSAC) he has successfully written and was awarded grant funding from the National Institute of Justice and National Institute of Health. He has served as Principal Investigator and Project Researcher and Evaluator for numerous other grant supported programs. In 1992, Berhie assisted in the development of a Title IV-E training grant that is still operational today at Marshall University.
  • Global Initiative Model: As an executive director of the non-profit organization, “International Medical & Academic Alliance (IMAA),” Berhie serves as active supporter of a “T team” for the Summit International Health Clinic (SIC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In January 2009, the IMAA developed a partnership with the Florida Hospital Corporation.  Berhie applied to US-AID program for $3.5 million for the expansion of the Summit International Clinic into a specialized hospital and this project expansion is still under development. Currently, he is working on the development of a partnership with Mekelle University, Ethiopia to foster an innovative research agenda, exchange of faculty and students, etc. He plans to assist like-minded people in attracting federal, state, and private funds and making research a potent arm for the Health Informatics Department, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Lewis College of Business (LCOB)

Alberto Coustasse-Hencke, Dr. PH, MPH, MD, MBA
Full Professor of HCA, COB
GC 337, South Charleston Campus
Phone: 304-746-1968
Email: coustassehen@marshall.edu

Alberto Coustasse: Curriculum Vitae




Anil Gurung
Associate Professor of MIS
Office: CH 411
Phone: 304-696-2688
Email: gurung@marshall.edu

Dale Shao, Ph.D., MBA, B.S.B.A.
Professor of MIS
Office: CH 418, LCOB
Phone: 304-696-2685
Email: shaod@marshall.edu

College of Information Technology and Engineering

Eldon Larsen, PhD
Professor of EM, CITE
GC 329, South Charleston Campus
Phone: 304-746-2047
Email: larsen@marshall.edu






Husnu Narman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: Weisberg Applied Engineering Complex – Room 3107
Phone: 304-696-5829
Email: narman@marshall.edu

Lu Liu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: Weisberg Applied Engineering Complex – Room 3001
Phone: 304-696-6349
Email: liul@marshall.edu

Elias Majdalani, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Office: Weisberg Applied Engineering Complex – Room 3108B
Phone: 304-696-
Email: majdalani@marshall.edu

Accelerated Master’s Degree

Brian Morgan
Chair & Professor (Computer & Information Technology)
Office: ML 114
Phone: 304-696-6469
Email: brian.morgan@marshall.edu