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Morrison Family College of Health

About the College

The Morrison Family College of Health

The Morrison Family College of Health is striving to address the shortage of culturally responsive health professionals who practice with social ingenuity and clinical excellence to improve health and community well-being while proactively advancing health equity and social justice.

We promise that we will educate students from diverse backgrounds to use and integrate knowledge from different professions and fields to improve health at the individual, family, community, and systems levels.

We believe that the most relevant and sustainable solutions to advance healthy communities and people is when those most impacted by inequities are also a part of the solution.

The Morrison Family College of Health is guided by the University of St. Thomas’s mission to educate morally responsible leaders think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.

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Our Programs

School of Nursing (Coming 2022)

With an emphasis on health equity, we are proposing offering pre-licensure bachelors and master's degrees in nursing. The programs have been submitted to the accreditor and are pending HLC approval.

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Master's and doctoral counseling psychology programs for students who want to use their degrees to provide psychological services in practice.

Graduate Studies

Doctoral Studies

School of Social work

We offer a bachelor's degree for generalist social work practice, a master's degree for clinical social work and a doctorate degree for leadership in social work teaching.

Bachelor's in Social Work

Master of Social Work

Doctorate of Social Work

Health and Exercise Science

The Department of Health and Exercise Science offers undergraduate majors in:

Exercise Science

Health Promotion and Wellness

Public Health

Mission, Vision, Values and Principles

  • Mission Statement
  • Vision
  • Core Values
  • Guiding Principles
  • Mission Statement

    We prepare highly skilled and caring professionals who are culturally responsive, practice with ingenuity, and proactively advance health equity and social justice.

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    Vision

    Informed by Catholic social teaching, the University of St. Thomas Morrison Family College of Health educates health providers and leaders to skillfully, compassionately, and collaboratively advance the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of individuals, families and communities. 

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    Core Values

    • Innovation
    • Equity
    • Collaboration

     

    Guiding Principles

    • Whole person care (mind, body, spirit, and community).
    • Social ingenuity and innovation through interprofessional collaboration and partnerships with the community.
    • Excellence using science and humanities to advance the common good.
    • Advocacy for just and equitable systems to improve health and well-being

     

    Explore Our Guiding Principles

    Mission Statement

    We prepare highly skilled and caring professionals who are culturally responsive, practice with ingenuity, and proactively advance health equity and social justice.

    Explore Our Guiding Principles

    Vision

    Informed by Catholic social teaching, the University of St. Thomas Morrison Family College of Health educates health providers and leaders to skillfully, compassionately, and collaboratively advance the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of individuals, families and communities. 

    Explore Our Guiding Principles

    Core Values

    • Innovation
    • Equity
    • Collaboration

     

    Explore Our Guiding Principles

    Guiding Principles

    • Whole person care (mind, body, spirit, and community).
    • Social ingenuity and innovation through interprofessional collaboration and partnerships with the community.
    • Excellence using science and humanities to advance the common good.
    • Advocacy for just and equitable systems to improve health and well-being

     

    Explore Our Guiding Principles
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    01 Meet the Dean

    Dr. MayKao Y. Hang

    Dr. Hang has a vision to educate health care providers and leaders to skillfully, compassionately and collaboratively advance the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of individuals, families and communities.

    Meet the Dean

    FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

    In the Morrison Family College of Health, you'll get personal attention and mentorship from faculty members who are recognized scholars, researchers, and practitioners committed to community engagement and relationships.

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    Dr. Martha Scheckel

    Director, School of Nursing

    Dr. Scheckel is a community and public health nursing expert and directory of the School of Nursing. She has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years, including 17 years of nursing practice experience predominantly in community and public health settings.
    Get To Know Dr. Scheckel
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    Dr. Paul Mellick

    Chair, Department of Health and Exercise Science

    Dr. Paul Mellick is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Health and Exercise Science. His research interests primarily lie in metabolic function and hormonal regulation, particularly their relationships to high-intensity exercise.
    Get to know Dr. Mellick
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    Dr. Christopher Vye

    Chair, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

    Dr. Christopher Vye is an associate professor and chair of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He has an interest in the assessment and treatment of the anxiety disorders and has had a specialty practice, which he co-founded, treating individuals with anxiety since 1999.
    Get to know Dr. Vye
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    About the Morrison Family

    The Morrison Family College of Health gets its name from John and Sue Morrison. The naming gift to the Morrison Family College of Health marks the family’s latest in their legacy of impact at St. Thomas. Their support for the university has included co-chairing the Opening Doors campaign from 2007-2012 that raised more than $500 million for St. Thomas.