Welcome from Dean Moyers

Dean, Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

A welcome message from the Dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

As the Dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, I invite you to explore our range of health career options, whether this is your first entry into a professional career, you are transitioning to a new career, or you are looking to develop advanced expertise in your current career. I am proud of the range of healthcare professional educational programs here at St. Catherine University. We offer diversity of opportunity, including type of degrees, from certificate and associate degrees all the way to clinical doctorate degrees. We also offer a diversity of programs, such as public health, physician assisting, radiography and sonography, occupational and physical therapy, respiratory care, dietetics, and exercise and sports science. And we offer a range of entry-level to advanced-level education, such as the baccalaureate degree nursing programs and the doctor of nursing practice.

Regardless of your specific interest in health and healthcare, St. Catherine provides a mission-centered education where the goal is to become not only competent in your profession, but to grow into an outstanding and compassionate healer reflective of one’s heartfelt concern and caring for others. We emphasize leading and collaborating in order to build healthier communities and relationship-centered healthcare organizations adept at meeting the health needs of populations locally, nationally and internationally. We have many healthcare organizational partners, both locally and globally, who provide students hands-on learning through clinical placements, internships, and fieldwork.

Our faculty work concertedly to provide educational content and learning methods that advance collaborative practice, complex clinical and ethical reasoning, and management of knowledge that is constantly changing. Students gain experience with the latest technologies, and develop skills for implementing evidence-based interventions within innovative healthcare service delivery. Foundational knowledge gained from the liberal arts — such as theology, psychology, and sociology, foster the healthcare students’ understanding of the impact that society has on illness and health. The arts give students access to the meaning of life through the experience and manifestation of what is so uniquely human — that is, the richness and importance of one's emotional life. Health cannot be defined simply by the absence of disease or disability, but instead is reflected in one's joy of living regardless of health status or point in the life cycle. Along with their competencies in a particular profession and foundational knowledge from a liberal arts education, St. Kate’s healthcare graduates share this joy of living with their clients of all ages.

Penelope Moyers, EdD, OT/L, FAOTA
Dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health