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Advancing Health

​At DePaul we view the topic of health from a variety of perspectives; from the neuroscience of concussion to the factors in our communities that influence health to the legal and ethical issues surrounding health. We currently offer a number of partnerships and academic programs that promote the advancement of healthcare initiatives.

Partnerships to Promote Health and Wellness Within the Community

Sinai Chicago - DePaul Partnership

DePaul University and Sinai Chicago established a partnership in 2020 based on the institution's shared commitment to addressing social and health equity challenges in Chicago communities.

The mission of this partnership is to understand the multifaceted health needs of our communities and develop people and programs that will offer real solutions to address inequity and move the needle for social justice. To do this, we are expanding our efforts to collaborate in the areas of research, community partnership, public health practice, and education.

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Rosalind Franklin University - DePaul Partnership

Our alliance for health sciences builds on DePaul's investment in undergraduate science and health and Rosalind Franklin's strong reputation for excellence, particularly in interprofessional health education. Our faculties work together to design curricula that emphasize interprofessional collaboration and hands-on experience from the freshman year through completion of a professional degree. Our accelerated degree options streamline qualified students' progress through their undergraduate work at DePaul into highly competitive master's and doctoral programs at Rosalind Franklin.

Together, we seamlessly integrate a strong undergraduate and liberal studies foundation, contemporary professional health education, and state-of-the-art health and medical training facilities.

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Rush University Medical Center - DePaul Partnership

Building on the success of their partnership in founding and operating the Center for Community Health Equity, DePaul and Rush universities has expanded their collaboration into science, education and technology. The universities signed a memorandum of understanding 2021 in which they agree to explore opportunities for seminars, courses and academic programs as well as research, internships and practicums that draw from their complementary areas of expertise in health science, liberal arts, the humanities, and social and data sciences.

Rush and DePaul will develop programs and facilitate research interactions, faculty exchanges and other collaborations.

Academic Programs to Promote Health and Wellness

College of Science and Health

The Pre-Health program at DePaul is for any student, in any major at DePaul, who is interested in applying to professional health programs. The Pathways Honors program offers highly motivated College of Science and Health students unique opportunities as part of our Alliance for Health Sciences with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Students seeking a broad preparation in health science might choose the BS in Health Science, where they will prepare for a variety of professions by combining biomedical coursework with an understanding of how societal factors impact health.

The Master's of Occupational Therapy program will prepare you to become an occupational therapist who treats children and adults with various developmental physical, cognitive and psychological conditions.

The MS in Speech Language Pathology program will prepare you to become a speech language pathologist (SLP) who treats all aspects of communicative and swallowing disorders across the life span.

DePaul’s School of Nursing offers an RN to MS program (online) as well as the Master’s Entry to Nursing Practice (MENP) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

DePaul’s Psychology department offers a range or coursework relevant to human health, including the MA or PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media

The MS in Health Informatics provides students with the skills and knowledge to implement and support IT solution in the health sector organizations.

College of Law

The Jaharis Health Law Institute offers a suite of programs to meet the diverse needs of health law students.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

DePaul’s Master of Public Health program prepares dynamic public health leaders to work collaboratively with diverse communities to prioritize and investigate health concerns to achieve lasting social change, and foster health equity to promote the health and well-being of all people.

College of Education

The BS in Exercise Science allows students to learn the scientific principles that relate to human movement.

College of Communication

The MA in Health Communication allows students to apply communication theory, research and practice to the specific needs of the health care industry.