School of
Health Studies and Education

Coming Fall 2019.
All programs currently active. Enroll today.

School of Health Studies and Education

At Saint Joseph’s University, we believe the health and education are essential to enabling individuals and communities to thrive. As a comprehensive University with over 160 years of experience developing successful leaders and effective change-makers in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis — care for the whole person— our approach to preparing students in these fields is unlike any other.

Built on the University’s expertise in these sectors, and located in one of the country’s leading hubs for healthcare and education innovation, Philadelphia, the new School of Health Studies and Education will focus on the growing need for healthcare professionals and educators equipped to address the complex social, educational and public health challenges facing our nation.

Officially launching in the Fall of 2019, all programs are currently active.

Angela McDonald
Angela McDonald

Introducing the Inaugural Dean of School of Health Studies and Education

Dr. Angela McDonald

Saint Joseph’s University has announced that Angela Rowe McDonald, Ph.D., LPCS, NCC, an accomplished higher education administrator, faculty member and health practitioner will serve as the inaugural dean of the University’s School of Health Studies and Education.

McDonald currently serves as interim dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke  (UNC Pembroke), a newly established school that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in areas such as nursing, health promotion, exercise sports science, physical education, social work and counseling programs. Her experience coincides ideally with the strategic plans of Saint Joseph’s, which revealed in July 2018 its intention to open its first school in nearly 30 years, bringing together well-established education and health-related undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs.

Prior to her role with UNC Pembroke’s College of Health Sciences, McDonald served as associate dean of the university’s School of Education, chaired the department of educational leadership and counseling, and was the director for the clinical mental health counseling program on campus. 

McDonald, who will join the educational leadership faculty at SJU, earned her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from the College of William & Mary and an M.S. Ed. in community agency counseling from Old Dominion University, her undergraduate alma mater. Prior to joining UNC Pembroke in 2008, McDonald served as a family counselor in private practice for many years.

Uiversity President, Dr. Mark C. Reed
Uiversity President, Dr. Mark C. Reed

Message from the President

Dr. Mark C. Reed

Saint Joseph’s takes a significant and strategic step forward with the announcement of a School of Health Studies and Education. As a comprehensive University situated in the healthcare and education hub of America’s fifth largest city, Saint Joseph’s is uniquely suited to increase our impact on these critical industries. Drawing on strong, established programs in health and education, and rooted in the Jesuit tradition that regards the liberal arts, research, experiential learning and, most importantly, a focus on the common good, the School of Health Studies and Education will prepare practitioners to embrace the whole-person approach to their work.

SJU has long been recognized and relied upon for our contributions to the healthcare and education industries. We are opening educational access, in Philadelphia and developing nations. We are supporting the autism community from early childhood diagnoses to workplace readiness and everything in between. We are actively addressing the opioid crisis and teacher shortages in urban schools.

Over the next decade, the healthcare field is expected to add four million new jobs. In that same time, public school enrollment is projecting steady growth with a declining educator workforce. The School of Health Studies and Education will meet the growing demand for highly-skilled professionals who approach the complexities and opportunities of the health and education sectors as leaders and agents for progress and change.

The School of Health Studies and Education reflects our belief that health and education are inextricably linked and that physical, emotional and intellectual wellness form the bedrock of strong communities.

All programs are currently enrolling, and the new school formally opens in Fall of 2019.

Majors and Programs

All programs in the School of Health Studies and Education are currently active and enrollable.

By Degree Type
By Area of Study


Education Masters Degrees

Organization Development and Leadership


Health Masters Degrees

Education Certificates

Health Certificates 

Education Doctorate Degree

*Available Online

Our Impact

With the Jesuit value of cura personalis – care of the whole person – at the heart of everything we do, students receive a holistic education and go on to practice this philosophy in their professions.


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Courtney Simmons

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Community Honors Bioethicist Peter A. Clark, S.J.

Peter A. Clark, S.J., ’75, professor and director of the Institute of Clinical Bioethics (ICB), was awarded the Waldron Legacy Award at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital’s 100th Anniversary Gala on Friday, March 23.

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The National Science Foundation has awarded Saint Joseph’s University a $1.45 million grant through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. The grant will provide funding to the six local colleges and universities to encourage students to pursue and sustain a career as educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

A Long Way from Home

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Bioethics Students’ Design Empowers Female Refugees

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Angus Murray

Angus Murray Joins Saint Joseph’s University as Executive Director of Nationally Recognized Kinney Center

Saint Joseph’s University announced the appointment of Angus Murray, a seasoned nonprofit leader with deep experience in supporting children and young adults with autism and disabilities, as executive director of the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, effective November 5.

Just Health Care, Just in Time

A novel health care model helps the uninsured and reduces hospital costs.

Confidence Grows at the Kinney Center

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Egan Twins

It’s All in the Egan Family: Twins to Join Parents in Medical Field

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Francis Thompson

IDEPEL Graduate Explores Where Urban Education and Pink Sands Meet

Before enrolling in SJU’s IDEPEL program, Nyshawana Francis-Thompson was a special education teacher and liaison for the School District of Philadelphia. While the rewards of teaching ignited her passion to make a bigger impact in the lives of others, she credits the program for giving her the confidence and skills to achieve this goal.

SJU Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support Graduates Its Largest Class of SCHOLARS

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A sugar cane field outside of Managua, Nicaragua.

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Sign of Times

Signs of the Times

As the number of programs for teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing decline, SJU’s online master’s degree is reaching across the country — and the world — to fulfill a growing need for educators.

Kinney Center Assists in Transition to Adulthood

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Kinney Center Welcomes New Academic Director

Joseph McCleery, Ph.D., joined the University as assistant professor of psychology and executive director of academic programs for the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support on Friday, June 1.
Dr. Peter Clark S.J.

Institute of Clinical Bioethics Researches Safe Injection Sites

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Experiential Learning

Camp Kinney

The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support

The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support has a two-fold mission: to educate and train the autism professionals of tomorrow, while supporting and serving the individuals and families affected by autism today.

Now housed in the School of Health Studies and Education, the Kinney Center offers opportunities for students with aspirations of serving children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their families, schools, service providers and community, to engage in hands-on experience that will shape their career paths. Students will be challenged to approach the autism field in a creative, spirited and meaningful way, and to work to produce the best possible outcomes for those with ASD. 

Saint Joseph's University offers a variety of opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning that enriches classroom curriculum. Available to students in a variety of academic programs, these opportunities span the schools and engage faculty from a variety of disciplines, offering rich interdisciplinary experiences for those involved.


Two-year master’s and service program for educators

Through the Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University (ACESJU), recent college graduates serve as full-time teachers and administrators in under-resourced Catholic schools for two years while pursuing a master’s degree at SJU, Villanova or Neumann Universities.

Institute for Clinical Bioethics

Center for research, clinical consultation and policy development in bioethics

The Institute of Clinical Bioethics (ICB) services over 14 hospitals and healthcare facilities — regionally and internationally, with services ranging from crafting policies and CME programs to providing 24/7 ethics consults. An academic research center, the ICB’s faculty, and fellows engage students in interdisciplinary study.

Field Experience

Hands-on learning for teacher candidates

A requirement for undergraduate and graduate education students seeking certification, field experiences allow teacher candidates to make explicit connections with course content, promote understanding of student cognitive development, motivation and learning styles.

Teacher Scholar Program

Accelerated master’s program for education majors

The teacher scholar program is an innovative five-year program designed for recent SJU graduates to receive their master’s degree in education through online and on-campus coursework combined with clinical experiences.


One-on-one support for individuals with Autism

As Kinney SCHOLARS, undergraduate students pursuing majors in autism, psychology, elementary education or special education receive extensive training to work as one-on-ones with participants in the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support’s youth, adult and transitional programs.


Combining classroom learning with hands-on service

In Saint Joseph’s Service Learning classes, students engage in works of service as part of their academic course work. Students are challenged to apply academic theories in real time, reflecting on human and social issues and working to address them.

Summer Scholars

Faculty-mentored research and scholarly pursuits

The summer scholars program provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to engage in “full time” research, creative writing, and fine and performing arts projects endeavors under the guidance of faculty mentors during the summer months.

Experiential Learning

Meet the Faculty

Professor and Chair, Department of Health Services, Past Founding Executive Director Kinney Center for Autism
Professer and Chair, Teacher Education Department
Professor and Chair, Teacher Education Department
Professor and Chair, Special Education Department
Professor and Chair, Educational Leadership Department

Partnerships and Advising

Saint Joseph's partnership programs provide opportunities for students enrolled in majors across the University who interested in health career fields to earn either accelerated entry into clinical programs or priority consideration for admission. A dedicated Health Professions Advising Office aids students in shaping their coursework to best prepare them for their next steps — including continued education in nursing, physical and occupational therapy, radiologic sciences and osteopathic medicine.

Thomas Jefferson University Partnership

Those who are studying for health careers have a special opportunity to do just that, thanks to a partnership between SJU and Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Health Professions.

This partnership offers students the opportunity to prepare for professional careers in:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Radiologic Sciences

Under this agreement, students pursue coursework for a degree in Biology, Interdisciplinary Health Services or Psychology (depending on the professional program of choice) at Saint Joseph University’s, while also completing the prerequisite coursework for the professional program at Jefferson.

Students spend three years at SJU before moving on to Jefferson for their professional training. The number of years at Jefferson and the degree earned there varies according to the specific program.

Villanova Nursing Partnership

Saint Joseph’s University has an articulation agreement with Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing that will provide priority admissions consideration for SJU students in Villanova’s BSN Express Program.

The 14-month second degree program incorporates all of the standard components of Villanova’s nursing program in a concentrated timeframe. 

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Partnership

An agreement with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine provides priority admissions consideration for SJU students in PCOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program.

Facts and Figures


Percent of undergraduate health majors from the Class of 2017 that are employed, pursuing graduate study or are committed to full-time service within 6 months of graduation.


Over 110 are employers represented among the health graduate programs' Class of 2017.


Percent of undergraduate education majors from the Class of 2017 that are employed, pursuing graduate study or are committed to full-time service within 6 months of graduation.


SJU has a presence in 60+ public, private, Catholic and charter schools -- in  clinical field experiences, student teaching positions and learning partnerships.