Roosevelt University Creates New College in Health Sciences

  • Roosevelt University students work on class projects in the campus labs. The new College of Science, Health and Pharmacy will serve more than 750 students enrolled in 16 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.

    Roosevelt University students work on class projects in the campus labs. The new College of Science, Health and Pharmacy will serve more than 750 students enrolled in 16 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. Courtesy of Kelly Wentz-Hunter

 
Submitted by Katy Cesarotti
Updated 10/22/2020 4:23 PM

Roosevelt University will launch a new College of Science, Health and Pharmacy to meet the surging demand for health care professionals. The college consolidates Roosevelt's established programs in science and pre-health to create a central hub of research opportunities and student support services.

Dr. Melissa Hogan and Dr. Kelly Wentz-Hunter will serve as co-deans of the college. Dr. Hogan joined the Roosevelt faculty in 2012, with 17 years of experience in pharmacy education and has served as the dean of the College of Pharmacy since 2016. Wentz-Hunter joined the Roosevelt faculty in 2006, and has served as a professor of biology and chair of the Biological, Physical and Health Sciences department.

 

Roosevelt offers the first three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in Illinois, with an average post-graduation employment rate of 95%. Students in the allied health programs earn competitive clinical placements at top area health care facilities, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The university's physical and biological sciences programs offer a breadth of degrees and concentrations, including an accelerated one-year master's in biomedical sciences.

The College of Science, Health and Pharmacy will serve more than 750 students enrolled in 16 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.

This year's successful integration of Robert Morris University Illinois into Roosevelt provided the opportunity to expand university offerings in health care programs, including bachelor's degrees in nursing and exercise, health and wellness. These Robert Morris programs complement Roosevelt's existing footprint in health sciences, creating a leading university in health sciences education.

Roosevelt science programs are supported by a $1 million, five-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that advances the inclusion of underrepresented students. Roosevelt pharmacy students achieve success after graduation, with the highest first-time pass rate on the 2018 North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam among Chicago pharmacy schools.

"Through its breadth of programs, the new College of Science, Health and Pharmacy will supply the region with the diverse perspectives that are essential to high-quality health care," said Dr. Hogan, co-dean of CSHP.

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"We are facing a new era in health care," Dr. Wentz-Hunter commented. "We have a unique opportunity to leverage our successful programs and provide a more holistic approach in training and educating our future professionals, guided by our social justice mission."

CSHP brings together programs from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Pharmacy and Robert Morris Experiential College. Roosevelt's academic emphasis on social justice and inclusion prepares graduates to provide culturally competent care to an increasingly diverse American population.

Visit roosevelt.edu/colleges/science-health-pharmacy for a full list of programs and more information about the new college.

Roosevelt University is a private institution founded in 1945, on the principles of inclusion and social justice. Roosevelt offers associate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs online and at four campus locations in the Chicago area. In March 2020, the Higher Learning Commission approved the integration of Roosevelt University and Robert Morris University Illinois.

Through the Building a Stronger University strategic plan, the new Roosevelt will be nationally recognized as a catalyst for students from all walks of life to receive transformational learning experiences. Students who attend the expanded university will become socially conscious citizens who thrive in a diverse and changing world. Learn more at roosevelt.edu.

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