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​​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 to improve the delivery of health and human services.

The College of Health Sciences contains the highly-regarded School of Nursing, the School of Applied Health Sciences and the School of Orthodontics.  The School of Applied Health Sciences includes the newly created department of Kinesiology and the dynamic department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The College of Health Sciences recently developed the Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and the first cohort of students started in the fall of 2014. In addition, the College of Health Sciences is developing and offering several new Master’s degree programs that target critically-needed areas such as health informatics (anticipated Fall 2015) and is exploring other areas related to health science including health policy and rehabilitation outcomes. The overall goal is to promote the most conducive and contemporary learning environment for our undergraduate and graduate students.

Mission Statement
Jacksonville University’s College of Health Sciences aspires to be the region’s premier provider of health science education. The Jacksonville University, College of Health Sciences is 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. 

The College of Health Sciences is well-positioned to provide students with the essential skills and hands-on training necessary to be competitive and to thrive in high-demand jobs in healthcare industry. The College of Health Sciences’ faculty and staff are innovative, creative and engaged in advancing the knowledge and skills for improving the delivery of health and human services.  

During the last year, the College of Health Sciences established the School of Applied Health Sciences, which now joins the School of Nursing and the School of Orthodontics. 

The College of Health Sciences building features dedicated classrooms, faculty and staff offices, meeting rooms and state-of-the-art simulation and scientific teaching labs, including the Simulation Training and Applied Research Center, the Novel Equipment Workspace Speech Pathology Lab, and the Physically Active Lifestyles Lab.  In addition to these three new labs, nursing students will also have access to the original School of Nursing Clinical Skills Laboratory in the Lazzara Building. 

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 the 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.

Growth
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 and a multidisciplinary state-of-the-art Simulation Training and Applied Research 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 to ensure the success of the students as they enter the healthcare industry.

Please click here for opportunities to support the College of Health Sciences.

Contact Info
Christine Sapienza, PhD
Dean, College of Health Sciences
Program Director, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Email: csapien@ju.edu

Ms. Sally Lynch
Executive Administrator to the Dean, College of Health Sciences
Co​llege of Health Sciences
Email: slynch@ju.edu​​​​​​

Fax Number:
​The College of Health Sciences has two fax numbers for our use. Our main fax number has not changed - it is (904) 256-7287.

Title IX:
Jacksonville University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or age in its programs and activities.  The following person(s) has/have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

James Williams, Director, Human Resources/904-256-7025

Kristie S. Gover, Ed.D., Chief Student Affairs Officer/Title IX Coordinator/904-256-7067​