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Executive Dean

Deanna Wathington
Welcome to the Bethune-Cookman University Petrock College of Health Sciences!

We are committed to forging a bold path to health. The College of Health Sciences is comprised of the School of Nursing, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Aging Studies, the Department of Public Health, the Health Careers Program (offered jointly with the College of Science, Engineering and Math), and the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity.

America is at a critical juncture in history regarding the health needs of our population. New 21st century demands require thoughtful, deliberative approaches to inform courageous, decisive action as we work towards health equity and optimal health for every family. Opportunities to create and sustain healthy communities abound on many levels as we acknowledge:

  • the needs of an aging population
  • the growth of a majority-minority population and
  • the increased chronic disease burden of our constituent populations

Health Equity, Aging and Lifespan Health, Health Policy and Advocacy – these three areas suffuse all the programs offered within the College. They also imbue and define our bond with the surrounding community and region.

The College of Health Sciences is based on a foundation of academic excellence within a framing context of community partnership and participation supported by pillars of innovation and relevant research. We aim to address the health needs of the community, the nation and the world by focusing on the education and preparation of students while maintaining clear linkage to and immersion in community health and policy initiatives. Our students will graduate as engaged, culturally competent, strategically and politically astute health professionals. We expect that they will serve as scholars, advocates, and activists in their respective fields.

We are E.P.I.C.! We are ethical, professional, interdisciplinary and competent.

Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Executive Dean and Professor

College of Health Sciences

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