Our gifted students and exceptional faculty are ready for the health-care challenges of today and tomorrow. Although the demand for more caregivers and health professionals might tempt the College to lower standards, the rigor in the classroom and in clinical settings continues to increase. Transformative? Yes! Nothing in the region compares to our innovative faculty and student research, opportunities for hands-on learning and use of the most up-to-date technologies.Brooks College of Health transforms the lives of students and those who will be in their care.
To encourage students who excel academically in areas essential to improving the region’s health, several merit scholarships are needed to assist with the cost of pursuing an education. In priority order, these are:
Need-based scholarships are also a priority for students in the Department of Public Health who have demonstrated academic excellence and have financial need.
To help recruit and educate top graduate students to respond to the severe nursing shortage, fellowships are needed for our new Doctor of Nursing Practice program. These graduates will be prepared to teach future nurses and help to alleviate the nursing shortage.Fellowships are also needed for our new Doctor of Physical Therapy program to recruit and educate top graduates in this important field as the industry transitions toward doctorate-educated providers.
Professorships provide funding that enables faculty to pursue research projects and professional development opportunities that benefit their students, the surrounding community and their area of specialization. Professorships are needed in several areas:
Funding is needed for the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy to plan and execute health summits of local, regional, national and international partners focusing on both general and specific health concerns in this region; resources will be used to develop effective strategies addressing identified concerns.
Funding is also needed to attract top health-care leaders to participate in the Healthcare Leadership Institute’s lecture series open to health-care providers in all disciplines and the community.
Brooks College Fund: Gifts to this endowment will support academic enhancements throughout the Brooks College of Health including research projects, academic programs, curriculum development and equipment needs.
The Dean’s Fund supports annual needs of the Brooks College of Health including student transformational learning opportunities, faculty development, academic enrichment and alumni activities.
Extensive growth is the positive outcome of the $3.6 million Brooks Rehabilitation gift to UNF, which the state matched for a total of $7.2 million. Shortly after that transformational gift, the Brooks College of Health inaugurated a graduate nurse anesthetist program and increased the size of its undergraduate nursing program to address the dire shortage of these professionals. In 2007, the College initiated two new doctoral programs, the Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The University designated the Community Nursing Program as its first flagship program because of its strong track record of meeting the needs of the region. This commitment to quality brought additional funding, which is now helping the Community Nursing Program achieve national recognition. In addition, to address a projected national need for more than one million new nurses by 2014, the College expanded the School of Nursing, providing more hands-on training, simulation labs and classrooms. Along with nursing and physical therapy, the College offers a full complement of degree programs in nutrition, community and public health, mental health and rehabilitation counseling, health administration, geriatric management, exercise physiology and athletic training. Above-average performance on national licensure examinations continues. The pass rate for UNF’s nursing students was 96 percent in 2006, compared to 89 percent nationally. Both UNF nurse practitioners and physical therapy students obtained an impressive 100 percent pass rate. Community health is always the focus and every student serves the community through an internship or clinical experience. Partnerships include evaluating student athletes in schools, teaching human sexuality and substance abuse prevention to at-risk children, and helping patients to walk again. Not only do our students learn from the community, the community benefits from their care. The Brooks College of Health works closely with the region’s major hospitals and health-care providers, health departments, school districts and health-related businesses. Community partnerships and support provide the transformational opportunities and vital resources needed to excel. Top-quality higher education is essential to the health care, biosciences and related industries that together contribute more than $22 billion annually to northeast Florida’s economy and employ almost 100,000 people in the region.
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