The best way to experience the Samford spirit is to meet our people and walk our campus. While you might not be able to visit campus in person, we want to give you an idea of what to expect when you are able to visit. To get started, choose a tour stop from the map or the menu below.
Established in 2013, Samford University’s School of Public Health serves its mission of preparing servant leaders who demonstrate God’s love by promoting health and well-being in individuals and communities. Comprised of five academic departments, the School of Public Health offers five undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one certificate program, a dietetic internship. In 2016, the School of Public Health moved into the College of Health Sciences facilities on the east side of Samford’s campus. These facilities are home to Samford’s four health-related schools, including the School of Health Professions, Ida Moffett School of Nursing and McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Together, they provide students and faculty with the opportunity to learn and work in an interprofessional environment that mirrors today’s team-based approach to health care delivery.
Learn more about our College of Health Sciences facilities.
Our lobby greets students and visitors alike. With its wall of windows, the beauty of the outdoors is brought in, which is a common theme throughout our facilities. At the entrance of the lobby is our chapel. This is a quiet space open to all students and faculty and it provides a unique place to pray, read the Bible and find spiritual rest and solitude. Off the lobby, you can access the Enrollment Management and Student Services Suite. Here you will find the offices of our admission staff. If you desire to meet with our recruiter, simply send an email to email@example.com.
The College of Health Sciences facilities provide numerous classrooms of varying sizes. The majority of public health classes take place in our small and medium-sized classrooms. All classrooms are equipped with Solstice, a wireless presentation and collaboration software. Users are able to project their device to the screen in the classroom for group work or presentations. Our facilities also include two lecture halls, which provide ideal space for interprofessional gatherings, guest speakers and more. Due to its larger size, there are multiple display monitors throughout the room, allowing students to clearly see the speaker’s presentation.
On the first floor of building one, a classroom is connected to our demonstration kitchen. This innovative space for students in our Department of Nutrition and Dietetics provides dynamic opportunities to not only learn but to also practice teaching and communication skills, especially through community events. Cameras above the kitchen’s island and stove make it so the presenter’s work can be displayed on the screen in the classroom.
Whether you need a place to take a break between classes or a gathering space for group meetings or studying sessions, the College of Health Sciences has numerous patios, study spaces and common areas throughout its facilities. In addition, students can take advantage of our walking trails, open seating areas and group study areas. All of our conference rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art conferencing technology that allow students and faculty to conduct face-to-face and distance meetings and presentations.
Located on the second floor of building one, you will find our two food production labs. Each space contains eight kitchens setups, including a refrigerator, stove and oven. In these spaces, students refine their culinary skills, explore culture through food and even conduct research. Two classrooms are connected to our food production labs, making it easy for a class to transition from a lecture to a hands-on demonstration. In addition to serving students, the food production labs also provide opportunities for community partnerships and outreach, including our Samford Wellness Kitchen.
In this research lab, students and faculty conduct basic and applied research relating to nutrition and dietetics. Recent projects have focused on understanding the molecular basis of obesity and diabetes and the role of bioactives and functional foods in health promotion and disease prevention.
Located on the third floor of Building One, Samford’s Experiential Learning and Simulation Center spans 22,000 sq. feet and utilizes the most sophisticated technology available to provide students a safe yet realistic environment to develop their clinical skills. The center even includes an electronic health record system that mirrors the systems found in today’s health care settings. Pharmacy students use a number of spaces found within the center, including the Skill and Assessment Labs, Home Care Lab and others.Learn more about our Experiential Learning and Simulation Center.
In our standardized patient exam suite, which consists of 10 individual rooms, students are able to practice patient counseling skills with our standardized patients, or professionals trained to act out symptoms and reactions. Students are able to enter the room, introduce themselves and begin counseling the patient within their scope or practice—whether they are preparing to be a social worker, dietitian, healthcare administrator, public health professional or more.
This suite includes four high-fidelity simulation labs that contain high-fidelity mannikins, which display life-like qualities such as blinking and respiration chest movements. Different mannikins, representing different types of patients, can be used depending on the scenario, including adult, pediatric, and obstetric. Each simulation lab is paired with a debriefing room where faculty and students gather following a simulation to discuss and provide feedback.
Located within the simulation center, our 1,100-square-foot home care unit looks and feels like a real studio apartment. The apartment allows students to practice in-home patient care and skills specific to the community setting.
Our Atrium is a beautiful focal point within the College of Health Sciences. Students use this space to enjoy lunch, study or simply hang out with friends. Along with the waterfall and numerous outdoor patio spaces, the Atrium also offers Freshens and Starbucks. Freshens’ menu offers healthy meal options, including various wraps, salads and rice bowls.