New Pathways, Richer Programs
Our Alliance for Health Sciences enriches our programs in four powerful ways:
Curricular Pathways and Early Admission
We're developing innovative, rigorous curricula that will greatly benefit qualified students.
- DePaul undergraduates pursuing health careers will study a comprehensive health sciences curriculum that prepares them for admission to highly competitive professional programs.
- DePaul students will meet regularly with and get advice from faculty and staff from Rosalind Franklin, a rare benefit for undergraduates in pre-professional programs.
- They'll be prepared for the intensity of graduate study and gain first-hand experience in Rosalind Franklin's new classrooms and labs.
We're also developing early admission pathways to six highly competitive Rosalind Franklin master's and doctoral programs:
We're designing these pathways for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to pursue a health career from their freshman year through completion of their professional degree. Several of these programs will be available to students who enter DePaul in the fall of 2014.
Enriched Academic Programs
We will collaborate to deepen each other's academic programs, develop new programs to address emerging needs, and expand student access to clinical sites. Students will benefit from top-notch facilities and equipment at both campuses, including DePaul's two new science buildings and Rosalind Franklin's new Morningstar Interprofessional Education Center.
For example, DePaul is seeking the necessary approvals to offer programs on the Rosalind Franklin campus, beginning with the Master's Entry to Nursing Practice, designed for college graduates who want to enter the nursing field. Our nursing faculties are discussing ways to expand our graduate nursing programs, clinical locations and interprofessional learning opportunities.
The alliance opens up extensive opportunities for faculty collaboration, both within their areas of expertise and across disciplines. New courses will be developed, existing courses may be taught on other campuses, and professors from different specialties will co-teach courses. For example:
- Pairing Rosalind Franklin's Health Administration specialties with the health care management MBA concentration in DePaul's nationally ranked Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
- Connecting faculty in DePaul's top-ranked Health Law Institute with faculty and students in Rosalind Franklin's health programs
- Creating shared courses on bioinformatics and health technology between Rosalind Franklin and DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media.
A professor from Rosalind Franklin's Chicago Medical School already co-teaches a course in DePaul's master's program in Health Communication.
A natural outgrowth of faculty collaboration is expanded research. Our faculty members are tapping each other's expertise and gaining access to technology not available on their own campus.
We're creating a joint competitive research fund that will provide seed money for new areas of exploration. Those projects will help both institutions secure more external funding.
The result will be a larger pool of projects through which students can engage with faculty members in scientific research. DePaul undergraduates in biology already participate in summer research and school-year internships at Rosalind Franklin.