From a College to a University

creating a culture of health

Introducing Chamberlain University:  Broadening Our Reach in Healthcare Education

Chamberlain University builds upon the 125-year legacy of Chamberlain College of Nursing and broadens our reach in healthcare education. We’re one university focused on the transformation of healthcare by educating extraordinary healthcare professionals through two colleges: the College of Nursing and the new College of Health Professions.

From Patients to Populations

It is a natural extension of our mission to educate, empower and embolden diverse healthcare professionals who advance the health of people, families, communities and nations.

Within the College of Health Professions, we’ve recently launched a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program aimed at preparing graduates to care for communities through the promotion of healthy lifestyles, prevention of infectious diseases and advocacy of policies that impact health and wellness. This 42-credit hour program can be completed in as few as two years of full-time study and is appropriate for both licensed and non-licensed professionals with a bachelor’s degree.

“The establishment of Chamberlain University and the College of Health Professions is a natural evolution of our vision – by living Chamberlain Care®, we graduate extraordinary healthcare professionals who transform the health of people worldwide.”
– Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
President, Chamberlain University

patients to populations

As Chamberlain University, our commitment to deliver a high value education that prepares students to thrive as healthcare professionals is stronger than ever. We call this commitment Chamberlain Care – our dedication to providing students with the tools and resources to be successful while being immersed in a community of care exemplified by faculty and student support that helps foster academic success.

Creating a Culture of Health

Broadening Chamberlain’s focus to public health is our latest, largest step in the journey toward transforming healthcare. For a long time now, healthcare systems have been focused on treating illness, fighting disease and finding cures. And while those are noble and necessary endeavors, we believe there is so much more we can do.

By focusing on prevention and wellness through public health, we can come closer to creating what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation calls a Culture of Health.

10 Principles for a Culture of Health2

  1. Good health flourishes across geographic, demographic and social sectors
  2. Attaining the best health possible is valued by our entire society
  3. Individuals and families have the means and the opportunity to make choices that lead to the healthiest lives possible
  4. Business, government, individuals and organizations work together to build healthy communities and lifestyles
  5. No one is excluded
  6. Everyone has access to affordable, quality healthcare because it is essential to maintain or reclaim health
  7. Healthcare is efficient and equitable
  8. The economy is less burdened by excessive and unwarranted healthcare spending
  9. Keeping everyone as healthy as possible guides public and private decision-making
  10. Americans understand that we are all in this together

treatment to preventionFrom Treatment to Prevention

The Critical Role of Public Health

Public health is one of the bedrocks of healthy communities. In the 20th century, average life expectancy in the United States increased by 30 years, 25 of which can be credited to advances in public health.1 And public health is also good for the health of the economy: Every $1 spent on or in prevention saves an estimated $5.60 in health spending.2

Further advances in public health require an interdisciplinary approach to its five core disciplines: biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy management, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health sciences. Because the issues affecting our country and world are complex, multidisciplinary teams of healthcare professionals are necessary to address them.

“Healthcare is vital to all of us some of the time, but public health is vital to all of us all of the time.” 
–  C. Everett Koop
Former U.S. Surgeon General

Take obesity, for example. There are biological, genetic, behavioral, social, cultural and environmental factors, from where food is placed on grocery store shelves to the condition of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, many opportunities exist to influence people’s behavior and affect change.

We Advance the Health of People, Families, Communities & Nations

Chamberlain studentOther critical issues in the United States that healthcare professionals are needed to help address include alcohol-related harms, food safety, healthcare-associated infections, heart disease and stroke, HIV, motor vehicle injuries, prescription drug overdose, teen pregnancy and tobacco use. It will take partnership and coordination between healthcare systems, government agencies, academic institutions, private organizations and businesses to solve each of these public health crises and create a Culture of Health.

In the developing world, where public health structures are still forming, there is an even greater need for assistance.

community healthImproving global health is a priority for Chamberlain University, and provides significant health benefits within the United States. In our global community, outbreaks of infectious diseases, food borne illnesses and contaminated pharmaceuticals can spread from country to country while also impacting trade and travel. As the global population grows, so does the need for additional public health professionals and the services and care they provide.

Now, as Chamberlain University, we're excited to be part of the solution.

“We strive to build a Culture of Health, equipping extraordinary health professionals with the values, behavior and knowledge base required not only to succeed, but to drive healthcare forward.”

– Kia James, EdD, MPH, RN
Director, MPH Degree Program
Chamberlain University, College of Health Professions

serving communitiesChamberlain's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Concentration in Serving Hispanic Communities

As the Hispanic population in the United States continues to grow, so does the need for culturally competent nurses. In 2015, Chamberlain University’s College of Nursing began offering a new BSN Concentration in Serving Hispanic Communities at our Phoenix campus, where 41 percent of area residents identify as Hispanic.

Students in the concentration:

  • Learn about Hispanic culture
  • Receive clinical experience within Hispanic communities
  • Acquire basic medical Spanish skills
  • Have the opportunity to participate in healthcare-related volunteer activities
  • Are encouraged to join the local chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses for networking and mentorship opportunities

By preparing our graduates to meet the needs of Hispanic individuals, families and communities, Chamberlain is working to reduce health disparities that impact this significant and growing segment of the population.

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2 American Public Health Association

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