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David Beck is an assistant professor and director in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.  He earned his BS and MPAS at Saint Francis University. His research interests are in the areas of quality and process improvement in physician assistant education and the professional development of health care practitioners.

Awards and Honors:

  • Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Physician Assistant Educator of the Year, Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology
  • Innovation in Education Award, University of Pittsburgh, Office of the Provost, Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence
  • Inducted to Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants

Courses Recently Taught:

  • PAS 2104 Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Health and Disease
  • PAS 2106 Interpreting and Evaluating the Medical Literature 
  • PAS 2201 History Taking and Physical Examination 1/Lab
  • PAS 2301 History Taking and Physical Examination 2/Lab
  • PT 2040 Survey of Human Disease I
  • PT 2045 Survey of Human Disease II


Department of Physician Assistant Studies


Doctor of Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant Studies