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Brooks College of Health

Year End Update 2023

Dear friends, alumni, colleagues, and community partners,

headshot of Mei Zhao

This past year has been a time of transition for the University of North Florida, Brooks College of Health. I am proud to currently serve as the Interim Dean with our two new Associate Deans, Dr. Michelle Boling and Dr. Julie Merten. Thank you to Dr. Curt Lox and Dr. Cathy Christie for their guidance and leadership in 2023. 

As we all prepare for the holiday season and New Year, we wanted to share a few highlights from this past year.

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Graduation Stats

981 Graduates

In year 2023, we proudly graduated 981 students!

676 Bachelors
177 Masters
116 Doctorates
12 Graduate Certificates

Students graduated from the departments of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences, Health Administration, Nutrition and Dietetics, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and the School of Nursing.

Health admin group graduation picture
bch student standing with diploma
BCH student standing in front of osprey graduation balloon display
Dr Arikawa and Barnes at the 2023 Fall graduation


two nursing students looking at a cadaver

The School of Nursing was awarded matching State legislative funding of nearly $800K based on successful healthcare partnerships with Mayo Clinic, HCA Healthcare South Atlantic Division, and Baptist Health.

Read Article

4 nursing students and 1 nursing faculty with a mannequin
Three nursing students in surgical attire with a mannequin
BCH Nursing student group picture at the HCA Simulation Center
Two nursing students in the BCH fountain

Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences

Cams 41,000 clinical education hours

Students in the Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences completed more than 41,000 clinical education hours working with community partners.

UNF MSAT Alum taking care of an athlete on a sports field
Two MSAT students with a coach near a field in the background
MSAT Alumni checking on an athlete on the field
Six MSAT Students at the Jacksonville Jaguars statium

Health Administration

MHA top 100

The Master of Health Administration Program in the Department of Health Administration was recognized as one of the top 100 graduate programs by US News and World Report and a top-value program by Money Magazine.

4 UNF MHA Students standing in front of a Health admin pop up poster
MHA Class photo
MHA Students at HCA Healthcare's Simulation Center for Nursing
Rob Haley, Dr. Zhao, and Dr. Paryani

Meals on Wings

meals on wings

Through Meals on Wings, the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics recovered almost 40,000 pounds of food from local hospitals and used this food to provide 44,000 meals for seniors in the Jacksonville community.

Read 2023 News Story

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MOW volunteer cutting celery
Group picture of preparing food
Stacks of prepared meals for meals on wings

Physical Therapy

100% graduation rate 97& pass rate

The Department of Physical Therapy had a 100% graduation rate for students with 97% of students successfully passing the national licensure exam.

PT Faculty with student holding a human brain
Dr. Pinkstaff with two students taking blood pressure
Dr. Pinkstaff helping student balance on ball holding weights
Physical therapy student group picture in front of BCH fountain

Public Health

Amber Barnes and a headshot of Amber

Multiple faculty in the Department of Public Health have taken leadership roles with professional organizations, including Dr. Amber Barnes who was selected to take part in one of the World Health Organization’s First Guidance Development Meetings.

Article | WHO Call for Experts

4 public health students at a table
Public Health group photo
7 public health students and faculty at a high top table
Dr. Bar presenting a public health posted on health policy and sti rates

Counseling Center

6000 appointments

The Counseling Center is fully staffed and provided more than 6,000 appointments to UNF students with no wait-list this past Fall semester.

UNF Counseling Center group picture

Student Health Services

98 6654 3046

Student Health Services provided 6,654 appointments, and participated in 98 outreach and education efforts, engaging over 3,046 students.

Student Health Services wearing purple
SHS tabling at market days
UNF SHS during marketday
SHS Staff wearing medication tshirts

BCH Academic Advising

95 percent retention rate increase 2 percent registered credit hours

The BCH Academic Advisors have worked hard this year to ensure we are retaining students at UNF. Our Fall 2023 full-time, first-time in college cohort progress to retention rate is over 95% and the total registered credit hours has increased 2% compared to the same period last year.

Student talking with her academic advisor at a desk

Holiday Luncheon 2023 with red bows banner
Interim Dean Zhao, Associate Deans Boling and Merten
BCH Holiday Luncheon 2023 overview image of everyone eating at tables
BCH faculty group picture at the holiday luncheon 2023
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Faculty wearing a elephant ugly christmas sweater for a contest
Faculty wearing ugly christmas sweaters for a contest
Faculty lined up who won prizes at the holiday luncheon 2023
Three Health Administration Faculty at the BCH Holiday Luncheon
Thank you for allowing us to share our updates. We are most grateful for your continued support of the Brooks College of Health. Over the next year, we look forward to collaborating with you and our partners to improve healthcare for all. We wish much joy and happiness for you and your family during the holiday season!

Mei Zhao, Ph.D.
Interim Dean
Brooks College of Health
University of North Florida