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College of Health Sciences Profile

The College of Health Sciences is UW's youngest college. Reorganized in 1984, the College consists of the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy; the Divisions of Communication Disorders, Kinesiology and Health, and Social Work; the Family Practice Residency Centers in Cheyenne and Casper; the WWAMI Medical Education Program; and the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities. The college also offers a dental hygiene degree in conjunction with Sheridan College and an interdisciplinary bachelor of science degree in health sciences. Over the years, enrollment has steadily grown, making the college UW's second largest.

The Health Sciences Center is home to all of the college's programs and divisions except the Division of Kinesiology and Health, which remains in the expanded and remodeled Corbett Building. The interdisciplinary approach to education and research offered by the center has already shown remarkable results. Students learn from contact and consultation with students in other disciplines, thereby strengthening the importance of collaboration in the provision of medical and social services. Faculty members have profited, as well, by their increased ability to make major research contributions addressing important national and international issues in cardiovascular health, diabetes and cancer treatment and control, and stress management. These many advantages are a direct result of the outstanding teaching and research facilities offered in the building"smart" classrooms, advanced computer labs, well-equipped practice treatment centers, and expanded research and telemedicine capabilities made possible by the liberal contributions realized during the distinction campaign. The center stands as physical proof of the state, university, and college's commitment to providing exceptional health care and wellness maintenance education, innovative research, and service. That assurance will enhance recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, lead to the education of the best-equipped students in the health care professions, and result in countless ways to boost the vitality of the state and health of its citizens.

The center is proving to be an extraordinary state and university asset for research, instruction, and interdisciplinary collaboration. New opportunities such as a geriatric education center, a multidisciplinary addiction studies course, the expansion of areas in pharmacy and nursing, additional degrees, and updated equipment require private funding, however, and even with the Hathaway Bill, scholarships are becoming increasingly important as national certification standards require our graduates to obtain advanced degrees. Furthermore, the College of Health Sciences must be prepared to address the looming health-care-provider crisis facing our state and nation. The generosity of our friends and supporters has always played a critical role in assuring the success of the college as we work to achieve our mission of "promoting excellence in health and human services through university teaching, research, and service with special emphasis on rural populations." Please contact the UW Foundation, 307-766-6300 or foundation@uwyo.edu to learn more about how you can help.

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