College of Health and Human Services

Athletic Training

Mark Merrick

Mark Merrick, Ph.D., AT, ATC, FNATA

Dean, College of Health and Human Services

Professor, Athletic Training
School of Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences

Office: HH 3302E
Mail Stop 119
Phone: 419.530.5453
Fax: 419.530.5540
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Dr. Merrick joined to the University of Toledo as the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services in the summer of 2020.  He came to Toledo from The Ohio State University where he served for 20 years as the Founding Director of the Division of Athletic Training in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences within the College of Medicine. At Ohio State, Dr. Merrick was instrumental in creating the university’s Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program and growing the program to national prominence. Prior to his time at Ohio State, he has also been on the faculty at Xavier University and Indiana State University. His areas of scholarship are the pathophysiology of musculoskeletal injuries and the physiology of the interventions used to treat them.  He also has a scholarly focus in health professions education and its role in meeting society’s health needs. Nationally, Dr. Merrick is a member of the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education.  In this role, he joins thought leaders in health professions education from around the world in setting the course for the future of health professions education to meet the world’s health and healthcare needs.  Additionally, he brings extensive experience in programmatic accreditation, having served as the President of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) where he helped lead his profession’s move to the master’s degree for professional entry and creation of new accreditation standards aligned with Institute of Medicine and Interprofessional Education Collaborative core competencies.  His work in these areas resulting is his winning of the CAATE’s Koehneke Award for lifetime contributions. Dr. Merrick also has an extensive history in research ethics.  At Ohio State, he was heavily involved in the university’s Office of Responsible Research Practices, where his commitment to ethical research conduct included 15 years as an IRB member, IRB Vice-Chair, and member of the IRB Policy Committee that oversees the university’s 3 on-campus IRBs and setting human subjects research policies.  He was the lead reviewer on many of the university’s most complex and difficult research non-compliance cases for over a decade and contributed heavily to the office’s AAHRPP accreditation efforts. He co-authored the university’s biobanking / repository policy.

Last Updated: 6/27/22