History and Mission

The mission of the School of Nursing and Health Studies is to educate students and support faculty committed to excellence in nursing and health science. Through research, education and practice, the school will create and disseminate health knowledge and prepare culturally competent leaders to provide safe service to our community, the nation and the world.

Established in 1948 as the first collegiate nursing program in South Florida, the school educates students at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, preparing them to provide compassionate, quality care to communities locally, nationally, and internationally. 60-years after it all began, in 2010, The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies has developed a “world class reputation” as one of the top healthcare educational programs in the world. The program is continuing to change to meet the demands of global healthcare. In 2010, The School of Nursing and Health Studies Doctoral Program became one of the first in Florida and the nation to implement a Doctor of Nursing Practice. In February 2005 the school expanded its program offerings to include UM’s health science program and changed its name to the School of Nursing and Health Studies. The expanded curriculum includes programs leading to the B.S.N., M.S.N., and Ph.D. degrees as well as the B.S. in Health Science degree.

The school is committed to academic excellence and service to society. The school’s undergraduate and graduate curricula are community-based, with a strong emphasis on cultural competency and evidence-based practice. Recognizing that every ethnic community has unique health beliefs and practices, the school prepares health professionals who can adapt care to specific health needs. Through coursework and outreach programs, clinical faculty prepare students to address the health needs of our increasingly diverse and rapidly changing society.