Welcome from the Dean

Dean Munro Dean_Munro
I warmly welcome you to the website of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (UM SONHS).

Since its establishment in 1948 as the first collegiate nursing program in South Florida, the SONHS has evolved into a world class healthcare education and research enterprise, educating students in nursing and health studies at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Our graduates are delivering compassionate and quality care to local, national and international communities, educating future healthcare professionals, and advancing health science. The school’s scientific portfolio encompasses an array of high-impact interdisciplinary research projects that promote evidence-based care, improve patient safety, address health disparities, and inform health systems and health policy.

Our excellence is due, first and foremost, to the amazing talent, hard work and call-to-service of our students, faculty, and staff.  Those of us who choose healthcare as a career commit to a process of lifelong learning in service to individuals’, families’, and communities’ well-being. If you are not already part of our school, consider joining us and contributing your unique skills and strengths to our program. We are here to mentor, empower and help you grow academically and professionally.

The SONHS is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs. Curricula are continuously updated to meet the evolving needs of the national and global healthcare arenas. Visit our Academics web pages to learn more about our nationally ranked healthcare degree programs.

Beyond the walls of our school, local, national and global events continue to make us aware of the need for a healthcare workforce capable of caring for the all world’s people.  Our program prepares its graduates to answer that call.  Rigorous academic and clinical preparation is evident in SONHS graduates’ achievement of both NCLEX (state nursing licensure) and nurse practitioner certification first-time pass rates that are the highest in South Florida and well above national averages.  Our health studies alumni go on to successfully attend graduate programs in public health, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and other healthcare fields.

A network of 250+ clinical, community, and global partner sites provides our students with mentored clinical practice, community outreach, and research experiences in a wide range of environments and locations, from resource-challenged communities in remote world regions to modern, state-of-the-art facilities locally and all over the globe.  Our school has student chapters of the National Student Nurses Association, the Health Studies Student Association, the Multicultural Nursing Student Association, and the American Assembly for Men in Nursing.  We are also home to the Beta Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing.

I am excited to announce that our school’s long awaited five-story, 41,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Simulation Hospital has become a reality. As one of the nation’s first education-based facilities replicating fully functioning hospital, clinic and home health care environments, the Simulation Hospital will give our students unparalleled opportunities to practice their clinical skills in a safe, simulated environment. It will also serve as a hub for research activities, and as a resource for our local and global partners.

Come and join us. Be a part of this transformative new era in education and research. Whether you are a current or prospective student, a faculty member, an alum, or a member of our community, I invite you to learn more about our school by browsing this website, or visiting us in person. I welcome your involvement and continued support of our educational, service and research accomplishments.

Sincerely,

Cindy L. Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FAAAS
Dean & Professor