College of Health Sciences
The College of Health Sciences is focused on preparing students to join a workforce community of healthcare professionals who provide exemplary service and care to a diverse population of individuals. Our faculty and staff are innovative, creative and engaged in advancing the knowledge and skills for improving the delivery of health and human services.

The College of Health Sciences contains the highly-regarded School of Nursing, the newly created department of Kinesiology, and the dynamic department of Communication Sciences and Disorders featuring the first cohort of students for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program. The speech-language pathology program was awarded candidacy for accreditation on March 22, 2014.

The College of Health Sciences is developing and offering several new Master's degree programs targeting critically-needed areas, health informatics (anticipated Spring 2015), and exploring other areas related to health science, health policy and rehabilitation outcomes. Our goal is to promote the most conducive learning environment for our academic undergraduate and graduate students.

Mission Statement
The College of Health Sciences aspires to be the region’s premier provider of health science education. We are committed to: preparing healthcare professionals for careers defined by excellence in practice, community service and lifelong professional development. Teaching, research and community engagement serve as our core values.

We are well-positioned to provide students with the essential skills and hands-on training that they need to be competitive and thrive in high-demand jobs in healthcare industry.

Strategic Plan
Jacksonville University College of Health Sciences Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 includes the following:

  • Develop new undergraduate and graduate health sciences programs while strengthening and expanding current programs within the College of Health Sciences to meet identified and/or emerging needs in healthcare
  • Integrate evidence-based practice into rigorous academic and clinical programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Leverage state-of-the-art simulation and technology to enhance student interdisciplinary learning and faculty teaching
  • Build infrastructure to support faculty research opportunities
  • Cultivate community partnerships to provide training/internships and future employment opportunities for students at all levels
  • Recruit and retain a diverse student body and faculty

We are proud of our student and faculty successes and look forward to the continued advancement of College of Health Sciences. This is an exciting time of innovation and growth, and it is very important to us that we provide accurate and up-to-date information about all of our programs and maintain open communication with our community.

Please use this website as your primary gateway to our College of Health Sciences programs. Our strengths, professional intent, combined excellence and positive energy will create a strategic vision that ensures a successful future.

The ASPIRE capital campaign committed $20 million in funding, including a new 30,000 square foot College of Health Sciences building, with dedicated classrooms, faculty and staff offices, meeting rooms, a multidisciplinary, and the state-of-the-art Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center.

Support the College of Health Sciences
Growth of our College of Health Sciences relies on giving. We are fortunate to have the continued support of our community and JU donors. Please consider supporting our College of Health Sciences as we strive for excellence in teaching, research and service.

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Contact Info
Christine Sapienza, PhD
Dean, College of Health Sciences
Program Director, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Ms. Sally Lynch
Executive Administrator to the Dean, College of Health Sciences
College of Health Sciences