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Dean's Message

Dean Shirley Szekeres

On behalf of our faculty, students and administration, I am pleased to welcome you to the School of Health and Human Services. Programs in the School are collaborative, establishing interdisciplinary training opportunities and partnerships in which students learn and work with faculty and students from other disciplines in academic, clinical and research activities. This inter-professional education distinguishes our students as they enter the human services professions.

Our school has a dedicated, innovative faculty who are committed to helping students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be successful and productive in a dynamic health care system. 

Dr. Shirley Szekeres
Dean, Health and Human Services


The Mission of the Nazareth College School of Health and Human Services is to prepare professionals who work collaboratively and proactively, and act as agents of change in the global health care community. The mission of the school embraces the vision developed by the Health Professions Education Committee of the Institute of Medicine (2002):

All health professionals should be educated to deliver [person]- centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team, emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement approaches, and informatics.

Core Values

The School's professional programs are dedicated to learning through community service and partnerships. Programs strive to foster students' development of:

  • Cultural competence
  • Respectful and caring attitudes
  • Concern for and commitment to underserved individuals
  • Ethical personal and professional behavior
  • Inter-professional understanding and collaboration
  • Effective written and oral communication
  • Leadership skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Integration of liberal arts and professional knowledge
  • Research skills to promote effective practice and accountability
  • Intellectual inquiry for life-long learning

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