Welcome from the Vice Provost

Welcome to the College of Health Sciences at Samford University.  These are exciting days, filled with enthusiasm, hard work and new growth for our students, staff and faculty. The launch of the College of Health Sciences is the culmination of years of planning, as well as the incredible devotion and efforts of countless people. For people called to the health care profession, the opportunities offered here are unprecedented. The College of Health Sciences is made up of four outstanding schools and two world-class centers: School of Health Professions, Ida Moffett School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, and School of Public Health along with the Center for Faith and Health and the Experiential Learning and Simulation Center. 

The college is designed to intentionally link the mission of Samford University to new places and new people, both in the U.S. and around the world.  There are more than 30 health-related degree programs divided between our undergraduate and graduate programs. Because the college is new, we are unrestricted by old models.  We have embraced this freedom to be innovative and built our entire structure to be fluid and responsive to the health care industry while maintaining a solid educational foundation for our students. More and more, teams of health care experts from many different disciplines, collaborate to provide better patient outcomes. In our college, students from every school and program study, work and conduct research together in an interdisciplinary model reflective of today’s health care workforce.  The result is our graduates are exceptionally prepared to play an effective role in caregiving. 

As part of the college, we created the Center for Faith and Health and the Experiential Learning and Simulation Center. The Center for Faith and Health is where we put our academic programs and Christian faith into practice caring for people locally and around the world.  From health-related mission work and ministries led by faculty and students to programs administered by each of our four schools, the center is the practical application of all that we know and all that we continue to learn. The Healthcare Law and Ethics Institute is also housed in the center. The Center for Faith and Health provides a model for interprofessional practice, scholarship and service focusing on issues of faith, lifespan health, law and ethics.

The Experiential Learning and Simulation Center is nothing short of world-class and its right here for our students to practice and expand their classroom learning. The Experiential Learning and Simulation Center is a 20,000 plus square foot simulation and clinical lab space making it a training facility unlike any other. The center includes high-fidelity suites and a fully operational operating room suite. Patient interaction labs, non-sterile and sterile compounding labs, respiratory therapy labs, a complete home simulation lab, and a standardized patient suite yield ample opportunities for our students to learn, practice and be more than ready to enter their health care specialization field after graduation. 

In the coming years, we will add more than 20 degrees across our undergraduate and graduate programs. We will add new clinical programs, new research initiatives and, equally important, new programs to the Center for Faith and Health and the Experiential Learning and Simulation Center. If you are called to care for others, there are more opportunities here than you can imagine. I invite you to listen to the stories of our graduates in the videos on our website. You will note they are finding an amazing number of opportunities to follow their passion for caring through serving in careers they never dreamed possible… and their success and achievements in their respective fields inspiring.  The future is both exciting and powerful. If you are called to the health care profession, there is no institution better equipped to help you answer your calling than the College of Health Sciences at Samford University. 

Nena Sanders, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Vice Provost, College of Health Sciences
Samford University