Susan Labuda Schrop

Susan Labuda Schrop, PhD

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Vice Chair for Administration and Community Outreach, Family and Community Medicine

Contact Information


Family and Community Medicine

4209 State Route 44

PO Box 95

Rootstown OH 44272-0095

Phone: 330.325.6769

Fax: 330.325.5903


Kent State University, PhD

The University of Akron, MSEd, MS


Susan Labuda Schrop, Ph.D., an associate professor of family and community medicine, is the vice chair for administration and community outreach for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). She has her master’s degree with a double major in education administration and exercise physiology from the University of Akron, and her doctoral degree in the sociology of health and health care from Kent State University. Dr. Labuda Schrop has served in many education, research, administrative and service capacities in her more than 30 years at NEOMED, including an instructional development specialist, the administrative director of the Principles of Ambulatory Care/Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course, and the associate director for administration for the Department of Family Medicine. She is active in teaching medical students including serving as a small group leader for the M1 Foundations of Clinical Medicine course, which she has done throughout her time at NEOMED. Dr. Labuda Schrop has served as the principal investigator/project director for more than $3M in training and research grants, and has participated in the design and directed project management for an additional $3.5M in grant-funded projects. She led the project team that was the recipient of the 2007 national Patient Care Award for Excellence in Patient Education Innovation, awarded by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Dr. Labuda Schrop’s research interests include patient-physician communication, literacy and health disparities. She has made more than 150 presentations to international and national audiences. Dr. Labuda Schrop is the current chair of the national organization, The Generalists in Medical Education. As part of her service to the community, she is a member of and secretary to the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Free Clinics and co-chairs their Education Committee.

Research Interests

  • Health disparities based on socioeconomic status

  • Preventive health

  • Health literacy

  • Patient/physician communication

Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Involvement

  • Faculty appointment

  • Capstone preceptor

Capstone or Practicum Areas of Expertise

  • Health disparities based on socioeconomic status

  • Preventive health

  • Health literacy

  • Patient/physician communication