Health Care Sciences
Health Professions Division Mission Statement
The mission of the Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division is to train health practitioners in a multidisciplinary setting, with an emphasis on medically underserved areas.
The institutional premise is that health professionals should be trained in a multidisciplinary setting and, whenever possible, with integrated education. The university trains students in concert with other health profession students so that the various disciplines will learn to work together as a team for the good of the public's health. During their didactic work, students share campus facilities and, in some cases, have combined classes. In their clinical experiences, they work together in facilities affiliated with the university.
The division aims to educate health care practitioners who will eventually increase the availability of health care to alleviate health care shortages. The division aims to mitigate some of these shortages by exposing the entire student body to the needs and challenges of rural, underserved, and geriatric populations. Existing curricula require all students to attend ambulatory care rotations in rural or urban areas, or both, making Nova Southeastern University oriented toward a pattern of training its students in areas geographically removed from the health center itself, and to the care of indigent and multicultural population groups. In doing this, it developed training programs that address the health care needs of the region's most medically underserved populations.
All students are encouraged to participate in community service. The Health Professions Division supports the mentoring and collaboration of interdisciplinary research with faculty members.