Brooks College of Health Annual Report, 2007-2008  

Significant Activities in the College during 2007-2008

Achievements

Successful initiation of the DNP and DPT; Reorganization of the Department of Public Health into the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and Department of Public Health; Movement of Mental Health Counseling into the Brooks College of Health; Integration of Exercise Science into the Department of Athletic Training & Physical Therapy; Completed CEPH Self Study and Site Visit for MPH accreditation; Developing international ties with Austria, Belize, China, Chile, and Ireland; Well attended Celebration of Partnership workshop held by the School of Nursing in April; Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy hosted a meaningful Caring Community Conference in September and is following up with recommendations; Us: Women and Girls' Health Initiative event attracted over 600 people in March; Nursing students received many awards and recognitions; Building addition close to occupancy.

Strengths

BCH has effective administrative team; BCH programs are accredited and meet professional criteria for excellence; BCH programs are relevant to the needs of the community and graduates are in high demand; Students work in professional community settings as interns or in clinical placements; Endowed scholarships, professorships, and program enhancements that continue to grow; The Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy is working with key community leaders to improve healthcare in Jacksonville and beyond; The Us: Women and Girls' Health Initiative continues to improve women’s health in the area; Growth of federal grants received in nursing, physical therapy and public health.

 

Weaknesses

Work loads are inconsistent between School, Departments and programs; Not enough African American and Hispanic faculty diversity; Lack of consistent, experienced leadership in the public health program; Need for more faculty in nursing, health administration, and exercise science.

 

Opportunities

Find funding sources beyond the State of Florida; Serve as a leader in the "QEP adventure"; Accreditation visits for nursing, nurse anesthesia, AT, BHA, and MHA in 2008-2009; Reinstitute the rehab counseling program; Raise money specifically for public/community health and athletic training; Certification scores in nutrition and athletic training meet our standard, but could improve; Work closely with the Commission on Diversity to increase minority faculty recruitment; Grow our programs to meet community demand, including the PT Clinical Residency program; Reorganize into a Department of Health Administration and Department of Public Health; Expand our presence regionally and beyond through the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy and Leadership Institute.

 

Threats

Funding deficits resulting in lower salaries and inability to enroll students; Increasing competition from FCCJ and private academic institutions. Lack of understanding about professional programs by the University community.