About the School of Nursing and Health Studies

Mission Statement

Nursing & Health Studies mission


To advance social justice, health, and nursing practice through innovative pedagogy, research and community engagement.


Our three health-related degrees (Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Nursing, and Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies) are built on multiple values:

  • Community engagement and partnerships
  • Creative and innovative teaching and learning
  • Diversity
  • Ethics and social justice
  • Expanded access to higher education and professional employment
  • Global consciousness
  • Interdisciplinary and interprofessional practice and education
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Reflective practice and critical thinking.

The interdisciplinary faculty in NHS integrate these values to create transformative learning-centered approaches that are based on the highest professional standards. Coming from diverse disciplines with both academic and practice dimensions, our faculty build partnerships with employers, policymakers, educational institutions, advocacy groups and other regional resources to connect students with professional practice opportunities.

The health of individuals, communities and the globe are inextricable.  Whether as a nurse, a global health worker or patient, understanding one’s position and contributions to a healthier world is the goal of health literacy.  A social justice approach to health literacy requires the critical thinking, writing and community engagement skills that are central to UWB’s mission.  The interdisciplinary faculty in NHS create unique educational approaches grounded in inclusive learning environments that are accessible, oriented to life-long learning and  based on the highest professional standards


  • Partnerships with employers, policy makers, educational institutions, advocacy groups and other regional resources enable us to anticipate and respond to health related needs and opportunities.  Being responsive to our unique regional position by pursuing independent accreditation for our nursing degrees
  • Accessibility is enhanced by our ongoing efforts to:  (a) offer programs at different locations in the region; (b) employ hybrid and on-line approaches; (c) create inclusive learning environments that are responsive to different learning styles and social-cultural backgrounds.
  • Health literacy is broadened by efforts to increase interdisciplinary education for nurses and UWB undergraduates in Health Studies courses and collaborative partnerships with STEM, IAS, BUSINESS and EDUCATION units on campus and across the three UW campuses
  • Evidence based practices are developed through supporting the professional development of faculty and staff to enhance education, research and service