Dean, College of Health Sciences A Message from Dean Curtis
It is my pleasure to welcome you to our learning community on behalf of the faculty, staff and students in the College of Health Sciences at The University of Texas at El Paso. I hope you will take this opportunity to learn more about our academic and research programs and our commitment to meeting the needs of our unique border region. We are fortunate that nearly 70% of our graduates choose to remain in our community and many alumni continue to work closely with our faculty and academic programs to teach and mentor future students. Whether you are a prospective student, professional colleague or graduate of one of our programs, we invite you to stay connected to the College of Health Sciences through this site and by joining our Facebook page.
In partnership with hundreds of community-based clinical faculty, the College of Health Sciences offers a range of nationally-accredited professional education programs in the health, rehabilitation, education and human service fields. These programs lead to careers in 9 distinct professions: clinical laboratory science, kinesiology, social work, public health, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, rehabilitation counseling and pharmacy. UTEP has been recognized as among the top universities in the nation awarding degrees in the health fields to Hispanic students.
In fact, recent Washington Monthly National Universities rankings place the University of Texas at El Paso as 12th in the nation, between Harvard (#11) and University of Michigan (#13). UTEP holds the #1 spot in the nation in its ranking of Social Mobility. Washington Monthly's ranking of universities on Social Mobility, Research and Service validates and provides national visibility to UTEP's commitment and history of transforming our students' and graduates' lives through access to higher education and the opportunities it provides. We are thrilled to be recognized and even more importantly, to have had the transformational role in higher education that merits such recognition.
We welcome you to come visit our new $60 million, 135,000 square foot College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing building on the UTEP campus. These exquisitely designed facilities are advancing opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching, learning, research and community engagement as we contribute to UTEP becoming the first national research university serving a 21st century demographic. The historic Campbell building has also recently undergone a $2.3 million renovation to better serve five of our graduate health professions programs, including updated laboratories, new research space and a new interdisciplinary research and clinical practice suite on site.
Our programs contribute hundreds of key personnel to clinical practice and leadership roles in our regional health care system. We are delighted to celebrate the first cohorts of students who have completed our newest graduate professional education programs, including the Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Rehabilitation Counseling and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree programs. Our flagship interdisciplinary health sciences Ph.D. program also provides a unique educational path for clinicians to become the academic faculty and the health researchers of tomorrow.
Our faculty are committed to insure that our academic programs provide access to students who will serve the needs of our underserved region as well as striving for excellence in all aspects of the educational and research experience. Please take the time to read more about their extraordinary accomplishments.
Our commitment to academic and research excellence not only enhances student learning opportunities across our disciplines, but also contributes to advancing knowledge and clinical practice. I welcome you to explore the many opportunities available through the College of Health Sciences and to keep in touch with new developments through our College of Health Sciences Facebook page.