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Health & Medicine Profile

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Samford University is Alabama’s top-ranked university and provides nationally recognized academic programs rooted in its historic Christian mission. U.S.News & World Report ranks Samford fourth among regional universities in the South, and the University is widely acknowledged as a leader in liberal arts and professional education.

Founded in 1841 and located in suburban Birmingham, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and enrolls more than 5,200 students from 44 states and 25 countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health.

One of Samford’s fastest-growing units is the College of Health Sciences, which includes the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, School of Health Professions, and School of Public Health. Patient care is increasingly delivered by teams of professionals representing many disciplines working in collaboration to produce better patient outcomes. The College of Health Sciences prepares students to embrace this model of care by incorporating interprofessional education into every major and program. Graduates enter the workforce prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver exceptional care in a wide variety of settings. Graduates are also committed to putting their great depth of knowledge and experience to work making people’s lives better, at home and in communities around the world.

Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
It’s long been said that people are drawn to nursing—not in search of a career but in response to a calling. For more than 90 years, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing has educated nurses who have the wisdom, skills, and courage to go out into the world and make people’s lives better. The school offers a number of degree programs, from a traditional B.S.N. to a second degree B.S.N. for people who are making a career change. It also offers master’s degrees in specialties such as family nurse practitioner, nurse educator, and nurse anesthesia, along with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. All graduate programs, with the exception of nurse anesthesia, are offered online. In 2015, its master’s programs were ranked #90 nationally by U.S.News & World Report. Every year, School of Nursing graduates pass their licensure and certification exams at rates far surpassing national averages.

For students in the school, learning extends far outside of the classroom. From disaster management simulations to inpatient acute care, students participate in extensive clinical experiences in more than 100 sites across the country. In addition, many students and faculty participate in medical missions at home and abroad in places like Ecuador, Honduras, Haiti, and Peru.  

McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy today is more than dispensing medication from behind a counter. Now more than ever, pharmacists play an integral role in the health care team, helping influence the quality of patient outcomes.

For more than 88 years, McWhorter School of Pharmacy has combined scholarship, practice, and service to produce pharmacists who are committed to transforming the health of the nation and world through pharmacy. Students experience remarkable interprofessional education opportunities that uniquely prepare them for today’s health care environment, and there are numerous opportunities for students to travel abroad as part of electives and pharmacy practice experiences.

In addition to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the school offers the Pharm.D./M.P.H. and Pharm.D./M.B.A. joint degree programs. On average, more than 90% of pharmacy graduates have employment offers prior to graduation, and first-time NAPLEX pass rates and residency match rates consistently exceed the national averages. McWhorter offers two highly regarded Post-Graduate Year One (PGY1) residency programs and is a recipient of NIH funding. Home to Samford’s Center for Healthcare Innovation and Patient Outcomes Research and the Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Institute, McWhorter School of Pharmacy provides essential resources to the profession and community.

School of Health Professions
No industry today is more dynamic or growing faster than health care. For those called to a life spent caring for others, the School of Health Professions offers a vast array of specialties and fields of study. The school is made up of three departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, and Physical Therapy. Undergraduate majors include athletic training, communication sciences and disorders, exercise science (pre-physical therapy), health sciences, sport administration, and sports medicine (pre-medicine). Graduate programs include athletic training, speech language pathology, and physical therapy.

A number of majors in the School of Health Professions prepare students for graduate and professional programs, including medicine, physician assistant, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology. More than 93% of health professions students who apply to graduate or professional school are accepted. Regardless of your chosen major, every department and every major displays a steadfast commitment to preparing skilled, compassionate practitioners who are prepared to serve in today’s health care environment.

School of Public Health
In the School of Public Health, students pursue a variety of disciplines focused on preventing disease and promoting improved health among entire communities and populations. Students work together to address some of the most difficult challenges to human health, from access to health care to violence and the return of infectious diseases. The School includes three departments: Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health, and Social Work. Undergraduate majors include foods and nutrition, nutrition and dietetics, and public health. Graduate programs are offered in public health and social work in addition to a dietetic internship. There are also many joint-degree options for students in the School of Public Health, including a Pharm.D./M.P.H.

The problems that affect health and well-being are complex in nature, and their resolution requires professionals to collaborate in an interdisciplinary manner. Consequently, School of Public Health students in every degree program work in collaboration with students in other departments and even other schools, learning to address the increasingly complex needs of the individuals and communities they serve.