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College of Health Professions

College of Health Professions Introduction

"With a 50 year history of educating students in South Carolina and beyond, the College of Health Professions is a national leader in health professions education, intellectual discovery, service and research. Our College advances student learning and our educational programs through the recruitment and retention of nationally recognized faculty and outstanding staff, the appropriate use of advanced educational technology, by leading the nation in interprofessional education, by integrating scientific evidence into clinical practice, by strategically advancing cultural competence and diversity, and by constantly assessing our programs to better serve our students, our community, and the professions we represent."

- Lisa Saladin, PT, Ph.D.,FAPTA, FASAHP
Executive Vice President fro Academic Affairs


Zoher F. Kapasi Ph.D., PT, MBA, Dean
James S. Krause, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research
Karen Wager, DBA, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Nancy Carson, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs

About the College
Established in 1966 as the School of Allied Health Sciences, the present College of Health Professions is the largest of the six professional colleges on the Medical University of South Carolina campus in terms of student enrollment. Approximately 850 full- and part-time students enroll in baccalaureate and graduate health professional curricula each year.

Program diversity is the landmark of the college, offering entry-level programs providing opportunities in health management professions, patient treatment professions, and patient contact professions involving sophisticated cutting-edge medical technology. In addition, the college offers both on- and off-campus programs designed to prepare already credentialed health professionals for advanced clinical or administrative roles. The college is dedicated to graduating health professionals who will not only excel in the provision of health care, but provide leadership in the changing health care environment.

Mission Statement 
To improve the health of populations by developing and inspiring health scientists and leaders.

As a college dedicated to educating a diverse range of health professionals, we benefit our students, the university, and community through our synergistic approach to creating new knowledge and expertise. Through interprofessional collaboration and innovation, we enrich the learning environment, increase our capacity to conduct research, and augment our ability to provide service.  We are a dynamic and responsive college that generates solutions and contributes to the overall health and well-being of the citizens of our state and beyond.

Academic Departments

Department of Health Professions 

Richard Segal, Ph.D., Department Chair

  • Division of Anesthesia For Nurses
  • Division of Cardiovascular Perfusion
  • Division of Healthcare Studies
  • Division of Occupational Therapy
  • Division of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Division of Physical Therapy

Department of Health Science and Research

Steve Kautz, Ph.D., Department Chair

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health and Rehabilitation Science

Department of Healthcare Leadership and Management

Jami L. DelliFraine, MHA, Ph.D., Department Chair

  • Master of Health Administration
  • Doctor of Health Administration
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics 

Programs in the College of Health Professions receive accreditation by appropriate professional and educational accrediting agencies where applicable.

The following sections regarding policies and procedures may vary by program. Refer to the individual program section for specific information.

Last Published with Edits:June 18, 2018 9:57 AM
Last Comprehensive Review: June 2017
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