Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

Assistant Professor

Public Health Focus/Interests:
As an assistant attorney general, Professor Rios has served as general counsel for the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services for the past 20 years. His work includes litigation in state and federal courts as well as administrative law tribunals involving a wide variety of health law and policy matters including certificate of need, mental health services, recipient rights, WIC, lead abatement, and health professional licensing.


Juris Doctor, 1975
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1972
James Madison College, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


Public Health Courses Taught:

HM 812: Partnerships: Improving Health Access/Delivery for Migrant, Refugee & Mobile Populations
HM 860: Migrant, Refugee and Mobile Populations Impact on Public Health
HM 866: US Healthcare Access/Delivery for Migrant, Refugee & Mobile Populations


Professional Experience/Expertise:

Assistant Attorney General, State of Michigan (1995 – Present)

Senior Vice-President, Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Assoc. Advertising & Marketing, San Antonio, Texas, 1990 -1992

Regional Vice-President, McDonald’s Corporation, Southfield, Michigan, 1988 – 1990      


Professional Activities or Current Research:

Member of Michigan Bar Association since 1995


Recent Publications, Presentations (2010 to present):

Health Care Access is a Human Right

Santiago Rios

Forward Adelante Magazine, January-February 2016

Migrant Farmworkers Deserve Gratitude and Advocacy

Santiago Rios

Forward Adelante Magazine, Sept-Oct 2015


Time to Wake Up the Sleeping Giant: Time to Vote

Santiago Rios

Forward Adelante Magazine, September/October 2014


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