Brooks College of Health

In the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health, we pride ourselves as being leaders in the preparation of the highest quality health care professionals dedicated to serving the community.  For this reason, the College is continually working to provide specialized programming in a wide range of health care fields.  Currently, the Brooks College of Health offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as an RN-BSN program for registered nurses desiring to further their education.  We also offer bachelor’s degrees with specializations in Community Health, Exercise Science, and Health Administration. In addition, we offer a BS in Athletic Training and a BS in Nutrition.  

Our graduate programs include a Master’s degree in Nursing, Public Health, Health Administration, Mental Health Counseling, Geriatric Management, Exercise Science and Chronic Disease, and Nutrition.  We also offer two doctoral degrees: a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

An integral part of each of these outstanding programs is the emphasis on quality time in clinical settings and laboratories, the use of the most up-to-date technologies, innovative faculty and student research, and the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences. Of course, all of these diverse programs and learning opportunities are directed and enhanced by our outstanding faculty.



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Brooks College of Health Living-Learning Community  

Starting Fall 2012 the Brooks College of Health (BCH) has designed a Living-Learning Community (LLC) as a partnership between the BCH and the Department of Housing and Residence Life. The BCH LLC unites 2nd year students interested in pursuing health majors and considering a career in a health-related field. The learning community intentionally develops students’ academic and professional skills needed to make strong decisions and succeed as an undergraduate student and future health professional. For more information please visit the Housing website or contact BCH Advising at (904) 620-2812.


Dr. Catherine Christie was elected to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors.

    Dr. Kerry Clark participated in an interview on NPR's First Coast Connect (89.9) on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 morning to discuss his research on Lyme Disease . Melissa Ross, Host and Producer, “First Coast Connect” said Dr. Kerry Clark's last interview on 89.9 was THE most visited and shared article on their website EVER.
    Dr. Elissa Barr was one of 10 national sex educators who participated in creating the “The National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education”. These standards were created to provide guidance to institutions of higher education in order to better prepare undergraduate physical and health education teachers to deliver sexuality education in school settings. A Washington, DC press released quoted Dr. Barr as saying, “Providing instruction on sexual health education can be challenging, we understand that,” said Elissa Barr, PhD, co-author and Associate Professor of Public Health, Director of Community Health, Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida. “Teachers have the unique opportunity to directly impact the health of our youth, including their current and future relationships.”



School of Nursing

  • Dr. Patricia Foster has been awarded the status of Associate Professor and Chair Emerita in the School of Nursing.
  • Dr. McDonough's successful habilitation was completed at Paracelsus University Salzburg Austria on April 5, 2013.
  • UNF's Community Nursing undergraduate program in the Brooks College of Health was designated as a best practice program by the AACN, which represents more than 725 member schools of nursing at public and private universities as well as senior colleges nationwide. The nursing program was selected due to its commitment to teaching students about the wide-ranging issues faced by individuals before and after a medical crisis.


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Leaders Value the
Brooks College of Health

Cooper, Dwight


Dwight Cooper

PPR Healthcare Staffing  


"The Brooks College of Health (BCH) is an important partner for our organization. We employ staff trained at the BCH and also do research together. Together we operate one of the top physical therapy residency programs in the country! Having a strong and growing BCH is crucial to the success of all of the health providers in the region."


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