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.
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.
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 as well as across rural, suburban 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 post-baccalaureate professional education program of didactic learning and extensive clinical experiences that culminates in a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT).
Eight consecutive semesters of coursework include classroom, laboratory and clinical education. In year three, students participate in a full-time, 16 week clinical experience as they enter the initial phase of the year-long internship.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.
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. US News and World Report continues to rank the College of Nursing among the best in the nation, and in 2014, the college’s online graduate programs in nursing leadership and informatics were ranked within the top 10 in the U.S.
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 Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 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, Epidemiology or Health Services Research; 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, DNP/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; community and behavioral health; community health education; environmental and occupational health; epidemiology; global health and health disparities; global health plus; health communication; health services research; health systems, management and policy; occupational medicine; physical activity and healthy lifestyles; 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.