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Unlike most chapters in this catalog that focus on all programs for a particular school, this chapter provides information about programs within the schools and colleges that prepare students for a career in the health professions. Three schools on the Denver Campus offer health-related graduate programs. Denver Campus students may choose to stay and complete a master’s or PhD degree on this campus or apply to programs on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The new state-of-the-art clinical and research facilities on the Anschutz Medical Campus offer students unparalleled training in the health professions. Admission to these programs is very selective, and admission to the Denver Campus does not assure admission to Anschutz Medical Campus programs. All programs on the Anschutz Medical Campus require incoming students to have either a bachelor’s degree or minimum of 60 semester hours of undergraduate work completed before applying.
Graduate Programs on the Denver Campus
Director: Errol L. Biggs
The Business School offers three degree options for those interested in health administration—MBA, MS and an executive MBA. These three degree options are outlined in the Business School chapter of this catalog.
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Contact: Department of Civil Engineering
There are numerous ways in which geographic information systems (GIS) are used throughout health care and public health, including environmental health and epidemiology, disease surveillance and health services research. The College of Engineering and Applied Science offers a master of engineering degree with a GIS option, which emphasizes quantitative methods in the development and application of GIS technologies to a spectrum of discipline-specific settings having significant spatial dimensions.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Anthropology
Graduate Director: Christopher Beekman
Students may earn an MA with a research concentration in medical anthropology or pursue an integrated MA/PhD in health and behavioral sciences. Details of these programs are included in the Department of Anthropology section in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences chapter of this catalog.
Health and Behavioral Sciences
Program Director: Richard Miech
The interdisciplinary PhD program in health and behavioral sciences provides an overarching framework integrating social and behavioral science perspectives on health and health care, while allowing the student to select and fully develop a particular research interest and professional career. This program has become a leader regionally in the application of GIS to health-related research.
Depending upon a student’s chosen area of concentration, the successful graduate will gain expert knowledge of:
- research design and methods
- the determinants of health and disease
- the structure and organization of health care systems
- behavioral choices and how to use them to enhance wellness
- the contribution of individual, social and cultural factors to health behavior
- how guided change in health care systems may enhance quality, efficacy and access
The significance of these skills in addressing our current health care crisis will insure that graduates will be in demand in a number of employment sectors, ranging from community and public health organizations to nonprofit research organizations and private health care settings.
Programs on the Anschutz Medical Campus
Information about Anschutz Medical Campus programs are in this chapter is for reference only. Contact individual schools and program directors for details.
Contact: Office of the Dean
Degree Programs: Master of science programs in: biostatistics; clinical science; epidemiology; genetic counseling; health services research, policy and administration; modern human anatomy; and nursing—nurse midwifery; nurse practitioner (adult-gerontology, family, family psychiatric mental health, pediatric, women’s health care); adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist; i-LEAD nursing leadership and health care systems; health care informatics; and, pediatric nursing leadership and special needs.
Doctor of philosophy in: biomedical sciences program; biostatistics; cancer biology; cell biology, stem cells and development; clinical science; computational bioscience; epidemiology; health services research; human medical genetics; immunology; microbiology; molecular biology; neuroscience; nursing; pharmaceutical sciences; pharmacology; physiology; rehabilitation science; reproductive sciences; structural biology and biochemistry; and toxicology.
At the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Graduate School students learn to push the frontiers of human health and disease in more than a dozen basic science, clinical and nursing disciplines. In conjunction with the CU School of Medicine, the Graduate School offers a joint MD/PhD in the medical scientist training program which develops investigators with a broadly-based knowledge of both basic and clinical biomedical sciences. The school’s personal mentor-student emphasis provides a distinctive learning experience.
School of Dental Medicine
Contact: Dental Admissions, Student Life and Inclusion
Degree Programs: Doctorate of Dental Surgery, International Student Program, Orthodontics, Periodontics, General Practice Residency programs
The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine trains over 400 students annually. The four-year Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program enrolls 80 new dental students each year. In addition to classroom curriculum and on-campus clinic requirements, DDS students provide dental care to underserved populations throughout the state of Colorado. Consistent with our mission to increase access to education and care, the school’s International Student Program, begun in 2005, offers qualified graduates of foreign dental programs the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. The school also offers post-doctoral orthodontics, periodontics, and general practice residency programs. Additionally, the school pioneers research in oral cancer, salivary gland disease, neurobiology and pain control.
School of Medicine
Contact: Office of Admissions
Degree Program: Doctor of medicine
The University of Colorado School of Medicine is nationally and internationally respected for its education, research, patient care and community service programs. Faculty members teach and care for patients at University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, National Jewish Health and the Denver V.A. Medical Center, working side by side with nearly 1,000 graduate doctors training at the university. In addition to providing exceptional education and patient care, the medical school attracts gifted faculty and students. The school’s physicians and research scientists have pioneered medical breakthroughs that have become national and world models.
Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant
Contact: Office of Admissions
Degree Program: Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
Ranked among top programs in the nation, the Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program offers a three-year, post-baccalaureate professional program awarding a master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. The program has been a national leader in innovative curriculum development in the areas of behavioral health, evidence-based practice, family-centered care, oral health and interprofessional practice. Graduates excel in patient care across the life span, receiving extensive didactic and clinical training in primary care adult medicine as well as the care of infants, children and adolescents. They are employed in a variety of settings including managed care organizations, community health centers, physician’s offices, public health agencies, hospitals and emergency departments across rural and inner city health care delivery systems.
Contact: Physical Therapy Program
Degree Program: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program offers a three-year, post-baccalaureate professional education program of didactic learning and extensive clinical experiences that culminates in a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). Graduates are prepared to excel in the physical therapy profession and adapt to the ever-evolving health care environment. As part of the School of Medicine, our entry-level program has been continuously accredited for more than 65 years. Foundational elements of our curriculum include: patient-centered care; clinical reasoning and evidence based practice; movement for participation; teamwork and collaboration; and, quality improvement and safety.
Graduate Medical Education (Residency and Fellowship Programs)
The University of Colorado School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals provide graduate medical education (training of residents and fellows) in more than 60 specialties and subspecialties. The Graduate Medical Education Manual (website: www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/education/graduatemedicaleducation/GMEDocuments/Documents/GME%20Manual.pdf) provides details about these opportunities on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Continuing Medical Education
The School of Medicine provides continuing education opportunities for physicians and other health care professionals worldwide. The mission is to enhance the knowledge, skills and performance of physicians and other health care professionals and, in the process, to improve the health care of the populations they serve.
College of Nursing
Contact: Office of Student Affairs and Diversity
Degree Programs: BS in nursing, MS in nursing, doctor of nursing practice (DNP), dual doctor of nursing practice/master’s in public health (DNP/MPH), PhD in nursing
Founded in 1898, the CU College of Nursing has a history of innovation that continues today. The nurse practitioner movement, school nurse program, and caring science theory, all began at CU. The innovation continues today with one of the nation’s first interdisciplinary DNP/MPH programs with the Colorado School of Public Health and two new acute care nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate programs beginning in 2014. In 2013, the overall master’s program was ranked 15 by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, three of its specialties were also highly ranked: 5th in Nurse Practitioner-Pediatric Nursing, 13th in Nursing-Midwifery and 16th in Nurse Practitioner-Family Nursing. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked the college’s online graduate nursing programs in leadership and informatics 10th in the nation.
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Contact: Office of Student Services
Director: Beverly Brunson
PharmD Telephone: 303-724-2882
PhD Telephone: 303-724-7263
Degree Programs: Doctor of pharmacy (PharmD), PhD in toxicology, PhD in pharmaceutical sciences
As drug products become more potent, more complex and more numerous, the need for pharmacists to assume a more active role in patient and medication safety has increased remarkably. The University of Colorado School of Pharmacy is one of the nation’s top-ranked pharmacy schools and is committed to pharmaceutical education, research and patient care. The school’s more than 900 professional and graduate students learn about the chemical and physical properties of medicinal agents, the biology of disease and the actions of drugs on the human body, while pursuing either a doctor of pharmacy or PhD degree. The school also provides continuing education programs to pharmacists and other health practitioners throughout the state.
Colorado School of Public Health
Contact: Colorado School of Public Health
Degree Programs: Master of Public Health (MPH) professional degree; Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) professional degree; Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics or Epidemiology; Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, or Health Services Research; Certificate in Global Public Health or Public Health Sciences.
Additional and Specialty Programs: Joint Degrees (DVM/MPH, MD/MPH, MPA/MPH, or MURP/MPH); Residency Programs in Occupational & Environmental Medicine or Preventive Medicine.
The CEPH accredited Colorado School of Public Health is the first and only school of public health in the Rocky Mountain region. Collaboratively formed by the University of Colorado, Colorado State University and University of Northern Colorado, the school supports students, practitioners and communities, with access to educational programs, innovative research and community services.
The school offers professional, graduate, residency and certificate programs. Each program provides the training that students need to succeed in general and specialized public health careers. Programs of study focus on a variety of professional interests including applied biostatistics; animals, people and the environment; biostatistics; community and behavioral health; community health education; environmental and occupational health; epidemiology; global health and health disparities; health and exercise science; health communication; health services research; health systems, management and policy; occupational medicine; preventive medicine; and public health nutrition. Students entering the public health programs have access to the collective resources and expertise offered by the collaborating universities and multiple community and government partnerships.