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 Public Health, Exercise Science, and Health Administration. In addition, we offer a BS in Athletic Training and a BS in Nutrition.  

Our graduate programs include Public Health, Health Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 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.



     UNF Ranking News
  • UNF’s Physical Therapy Graduate Program is the best in the country, according to  UNF ranked No. 1 in the Top 25 Physical Therapy Graduate Programs rankings and was one of only two Florida state universities listed in the ranking.
  • UNF’s School of Nursing online RN-BSN Bridge ranked 11th out of the top 50 programs nationally for 2016. 
  • UNF’s online Master’s Nutrition program was ranked 2nd in the United States by Affordable Colleges Online and was ranked 17th out of the top 20 of online graduate nutrition programs by GoGrad. 
  BCH Global Health Scholar Colloquium - see agenda below.  
    BCH Global Health Scholar Colloquium

Health and Health Care Issues Around the World   

February 26, 2016 | 8 am - 5 pm

Student Union 58W/3703, 3rd Floor Ballroom

8:00         Registration

8:30         Welcome

Catherine Christie, PhD, RDN, Associate Dean and Professor, Brooks College of Health

Pamela Chally, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Brooks College of Health

Tim Robinson, PhD, Director, UNF International Affairs


9:00         Health Care in Europe: Palliative Care and the Refugee Crisis

Jürgen Osterbrink, GRNA, PhD, Professor and Dean

     Institute of Nursing Science and Practice, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research and Education

     Paracelsus Medical University, Austria

9:30         Philipp Lirk, MD, PhD, Attending Anesthesiologist and Director, Regional Anesthesia Program

     Department of Anesthesiology

     University of Amsterdam


10:00       Health Care Issues in China

Qiang Sun, PhD, Professor

     Center for Health Management and Policy

     Shandong University, Jinan China

10:30       Ying Bian, PhD, Associate Professor

     Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences

     University of Macau, Macau China


11:00       Italian Culture of Food, Wine, and Colors

Rossella Vasta, MA and Honorary Doctorate

     Artist, Author, and Owner, Pieve International School

     Corciano, Perugia, Italy


12:00       Lunch break on your own

1:00         Food Intake Regulation and Obesity in Children: Environment vs Physiology

Harvey Anderson, PhD, Professor, Nutritional Sciences and Physiology

     Executive Director, Centre for Child Nutrition and Health and Director, Program in Food Safety, Nutrition, and    

     Regulatory Affairs

     Department of Nutritional Sciences
     University of Toronto, Canada


2:00         Innovations in Neuroscience for Stroke Treatment

Pedro Aguilar-Salinas, MD, Visiting Scholar from Guanajuato, Mexico

     Baptist Health System/Lyerly Neurosurgery

     Jacksonville, Florida


2:30         Technology and Mental Health

David Wiljer, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine

Senior Director, Transformational Education and Academic Achievement, Centre for Addiction and

     Mental Health (CAMH)

     University of Toronto, Canada


3:30         Producing Global Health Frontiers- a groundbreaking new series on public television

Gary Strieker, JD, Founder and Executive Producer

     Cielo Global Health Media

     Atlanta, GA


4:30         Questions and Panel Discussion

Also, please review the following links:  Global Health Frontiers Videos – Strieker -

Technology And Mental Health – Wiljer -

Stroke Treatment – Aguilar-Salinas -

Obesity Risk In Children – Anderson -

Italian Culture – Vasta -

Health Care Issues In China – Sun & Bian -

Refugee Crisis – Lirk -

Palliative Care video:
    The Brooks College of Health student presidents planned and presented the 2016 Legislative Session update regarding healthcare with health lobbyists from the university, Mayo Clinic and Florida Blue. 

Peggy Hoff, BCH Nursing Senior Instructor was awarded the “HAZEL Award” for her long term commitment to patients at the Sulzbacher Center and for all the community work and programs she has initiated.

    Mary Lundy, Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and Juan Aceros, an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, and a number of UNF physical therapy and engineering students adapted cars and other toys as part of a collaborative project for special needs children.Click to read more about the Adaptive Toy Project.
    Nutrition and Dietetics faculty are featured monthly in The Florida Times Union Home/Life Taste Section entitled: “For the Goods: Myths and Facts.” 



School of Nursing


  • Cynthia Cummings, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing was recently featured in the Florida Times Union regarding the accelerated nursing program and simulation based instruction.

  • UNF Student Nurses Association chapter was honored with the Legislative Award and recognized by Florida Nursing Student Association as the overall best chapter for the second year in a row with the honor of the Diamond Chapter Circle Award. 


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