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Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH

Founding Dean

College of Optometry

E-Mail: ehoppe@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-706-3497 | Fax: 909-706-3905

Website: www.westernu.edu

Join year: 2007


Dr.PH., 1999, University of Michigan, School of Public Health

M.P.H., 1991, Yale University, School of Medicine

O.D., 1988, Ferris State University, College of Optometry

B.S., 1988, Ferris State University

Professional Experience

New England Eye Institute, 2003 - 2007

affiliated with the New England College of Optometry

Community Screening Program

Southern California College of Optometry, 1990 - 2003

Family Practice Service

Low Vision Service

Foothill Center for the Partially Sighted

Community Health Care Plan, 1989 1990

New Haven, CT

Staff Model HMO

Part time staff optometrist

Teaching Experience

Western University of Health Science Founding Dean College of Optometry Professor of Optometry, 2007-present

New England College of Optometry, 2003 – 2007 Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Professor

Southern California College of Optometry Assistant Professor 1990 - 1996 Associate Professor 1996 – 2002 Tenure Awarded 1999 Professor 2002 - 2003

University of Houston College of Optometry Adjunct Clinical Faculty 1988 - 1989

Pennsylvania College of Optometry Supervision of senior interns 1988 - 1989

New England College of Optometry Supervision of senior interns 1988 - 1989


OPTM 6241 Evidence Based Eye Care, Instructor of Record, 2011 - present

This course emphasizes the application of published literature to clinical decision making. Students learn how to select and critique appropriate and relevant information within the context of patient care scenarios. Strategies for informed clinical decision making and for life-long learning are demonstrated.

Research Grant

1996 Breathsaver’s Award

for community screening program

Foothill Center for the Partially Sighted

1996 Citrus Valley Health Partner’s Award

for providing services to low income patients

Foothill Center for the Partially Sighted

1997 National Eye Institute

Refractive Error Correction Questionnaire

Technical Advisory Committee member

1998 Minnie Turner Award

faculty advisor for student research

1998 National Eye Institute

Refractive Error Correction Questionnaire Phase II

Principal Investigator / Author of grant application submission

(not funded)

1998 Younger Optics

Lens design evaluation

Principal Investigator

1999 U.S. Department of Education

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education

Educating Health Care Students and Professionals in Remote Clinical Sites

Project Director / Author of grant application submission

(not funded)

1999 American Public Health Association

Challenge Grant Year 2000

Eyeing Abuse: Optometry’s Role in Domestic Violence Intervention

Project Director / Author of grant application submission

1999 Ciba / ASCO

Total Quality Education Grant

Eyeing Abuse: Preparing Optometry Students for Domestic Violence Intervention

Project Co-Director / Co-Author of grant application submission

2001 U.S. Department of Education

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education

Basic and Clinical Integration Curriculum

Site Coordinator / Co-Investigator

2001 Beta Sigma Kappa Student Research Grants

Administrator of SCCO BSK Grant Programs

2001 Minnie Turner Award

faculty advisor for student research

2003 Marco Grant

Outcomes of Residency Education

Principal investigator / Author of grant application submission

2003 – 2005 Alcon Educational Grant

Support for Annual Preceptor’s Conference on Clinical Education

Conference Organizer and Host

2004 ASCO Grant

Cultural Awareness Symposia

Co-Investigator / Data coordinator

2005 ASCO Grant

Cultural Competency Workshop

Co-Investigator / Data coordinator

2006 VSP Grant

Private Practice Leadership Initiative



  • 2012, 5-year Service Award Western University of Health Sciences
  • 2007, Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence in Optometric Education presented by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, Peer-reveiwed award for best article in the journal Optometric Education
  • 2006, “50 Most Influential Women in Optical”, Vision Monday
  • 2000, 10-year Service Award Southern California College of Optometry
  • 1997, Certificate of Outstanding Service Foothill Presbyterian Hospital
  • 1995, Certificate of Appreciation American Optometric Association - 10 Year Member
  • 1995, Certificate of Appreciation Foothill Presbyterian Hospital
  • 1995, 5-year Service Award Southern California College of Optometry
  • 1994, Certificate of Service Tripler Army Medical Center
  • 1998, William Feinbloom Award for Excellence in Low Vision
  • 1987, Certificate of Recognition Board of Control Ferris State University
  • 1982 – 1984, Presidential Scholarship Jackson Community College


  • American Optometric Association
  • California Optometric Association
  • Inland Empire Optometric Society
  • Orange County Optometric Society
  • Massachusetts Society of Optometrists
  • American Academy of Optometry
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry


  1. Hoppe E Evaluating the laws defining legal blindness, Journal of the American Optometric Association 1992; 62:390-4
  2. Hoppe E, Perlin R The effectivity of fresnel prisms for visual field enhancement, Journal of the American Optometric Association 1993; 63:46-53
  3. Hoppe E A year in the life: Southern California College of Optometry student experience in the Indian Health Service, Journal of the American Optometric Association 1996; 67:257-62
  4. Hoppe E Quantifying the risk of blood exposure in optometric clinical education, Journal of Optometric Education, 1997; 22(2):60-66
  5. Hoppe E The use of epidemiology in clinical decision making, chapter in Clinical Decision Making by Rouse and Ettinger, Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston 1997
  6. Hoppe E Survey research, chapter in Opthalmic Research and Epidemiology by S.W. Hatch, Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998
  7. Hoppe E A model curriculum for teaching optometry students about smoking cessation education, Optometric Education, 1998; 24(1):21-26
  8. Heath DA, Hoppe E, Berman MS, Loshin D, Madden T A model for entry-level determination (MELD), Optometric Education, 1999; 24(2):56-60
  9. Hoppe E. Optometry’s expanding scope. Dissertation research, UMI publications. 1999
  10. Eldred KB, and E Hoppe. Ethics in low vision rehabiltiation. Chapter in An optometrists’ guide to clinical ethics. RN Bailey and E Heitman, eds. St. Louis, American Optometric Association 2000; 133 – 146
  11. Hoppe E, Pensyl CD. Domestic violence: what eye care practitioners need to know. Diane A. Reich Productions, 2000 (video)
  12. Hoppe E, Pensyl CD. Eyeing abuse: preparing optometry students for their role in domestic violence intervention, Optometric Education, 2002 27(3):87-91
  13. Hoppe E, Nishimoto J. Outcomes of residency education: post-residency practice settings, Optometric Education, 2003; 28(3):104-7
  14. Hoppe E, Carnevali T, Dobies P. Characteristics of urban Hispanic diabetic patients presenting for eye care services, Optometry, 2003; 74:291-8
  15. Hoppe E. An invitation to Contribute, Optometric Education, 2005; 31(1):5
  16. Farra T, Hoppe E, Hutchison L, Scott C. Technology familiarity and use among entering optometry students, Optometric Education, 2006; 31(2):55-58
  17. Hoppe E. Educational technology – a new era in the scholarship of teaching, Optometric Education, 2006; 31(2):36
  18. Denial A, Hoppe E, Carlson N. Assessing cultural competency in optometric faculty, Optometric Education, 2006; 31(3):92-95
  19. The ISEE Research Group: Barker FM, Carlson NB, Denial A, Hoppe E, Jenkins LB, Lambreghts KA, Schultz B, Yaniglos S. Intercultural sensitivity: educating educators (ISEE) – training optometric faculty to educate students, Optometric Education, 2006; 31(3): 88-91
  20. Hoppe E, Frankel R. Optometrists as key providers in the prevention and early detection of malignancies. Optometry. 2006 Aug;77(8):397-404
  21. Hoppe E. Cultural awareness in optometric teaching and patient care, Optometric Education, 2006; 31(3):69
  22. Lambreghts KA, Schultz B, Barker FM, Carlson N, Denial A, Hoppe E, et al. Chief academic officer survey on teaching cultural competency in optometric education, Optometric Education, 2006; 31(3):84-87
  23. Hoppe E, Measuring teaching and learning outcomes, Optometric Education, 2006; 32(1):6
  24. Hoppe E, Developing and implementing an educational research agenda, Optometric Education, 2006; 32(2):36
  25. Hoppe E. The Great Optometric Smokeout, Review of Optometry, 2007 Sept; (09):144-146
  26. McGinley B, Carlson NB, Hoppe E, Instilling ethics in today’s optometry students, Optometric Education 2007; 32(2)
  27. Hoppe E, Defining and measuring success, Optometric Education, 2007; 32(3):68
  28. Register SJ, Hoppe E. Correlation between quantity of clinical experiences and NBEO clinical skills performance,Optometric Education, 2007; 32(3): 75-78
  29. McGinley B, Carlson N, Hoppe E. What were they thinking? Surveying study practices of entering students,Optometric Education, 2008; 33(2): 59 – 63
  30. Hoppe E. Focusing on Students, Optometric Education, 2008; 33(2):40
  31. Hoppe E. Thinking About Thinking, Optometric Education, 2008;33(3):81
  32. Hoppe E. Contemporary and Changing: Optometric Education in Context, Optometric Education, 2008; 34(1):7
  33. Hoppe E. Innovations in Teaching-Added Value to Education, Optometric Education, 2009; 34(2):45
  34. Hoppe E. Evidence –Based Education, Optometric Education, 2009; 34(3):91
  35. Hoppe E. The Times They Are a Changin’, Optometric Education, 2009; 35(1):8
  36. Jones-Jordan L, and E Hoppe, Putting research into clinical practice. Chapter in Optometric Care within the Public Health Community. S Block, J Whitener, WH McAlister, S Hatch, eds. Cadyville, NY, Old Post Publishing 2009; 1-53
  37. Hoppe E. My best day in optometric education: ask the next question. Optometric Education. 2010; 35(3):90
  38. Denial A, Hoppe E. A review of faculty perceptions, barriers and resources related to scholarly productivity. Optometric Education. 2012; 38(1): 21-31.