The Faculty of Health (Dal Health) is one of the largest and most complex Faculties at Dalhousie University, comprised of eight Schools (Nursing, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Health Administration, Health Sciences, Health & Human Performance, and Communication Sciences & Disorders), the College of Pharmacy, Clinical Vision Science Program, the Healthy Populations Institute, and the Centre for Collaborative Clinical Learning and Research (C3LR-CHEB). The Faculty’s PhD in Health Program is unique within Canada.

Dal Health is one of the most programmatically diverse health faculties in the country; a nationally and internationally recognized leader in health research and scholarship. The Faculty has over 1,000 employees, more than 3,000 students, and offers 45 academic programs, diplomas and certificates at the entry, graduate and advanced professional levels.

The Faculty has strong partnerships with external bodies such as the Nova Scotia Health, IWK, Departments of Advanced Education and Health and Wellness, and also with other Faculties at Dalhousie and our community at large. Dal Health has over $10 million in active research grants, and over 27,000 alumni around the world. With a focus on interprofessional partnerships and collaborations both internally and externally, Dalhousie’s Faculty of Health is a transformative leader in the regional, national and international health sphere.

Strategic Plan

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Who We Are — Our Guiding Light

We engage, explore, and educate to advance health.

Our Values

  • We strive for excellence
  • We embed equity and inclusion in everything we do
  • We embrace broad perspectives of health
  • We care for our students, staff and faculty
  • We collaborate with respect and reciprocity
  • We commit to viable growth

Our Focus Areas

  • Optimize the learner experience
  • Champion health equity
  • Develop and expand strategic partnerships
  • Boldly accelerate research and innovation
  • Be the best place to work


These are the metrics by which we will measure our Focus Area success, supported by the last two tiers of the lighthouse — projects and tasks. These are the tactical aspects of the plan and will evolve and shift as they are accomplished and replaced by new initiatives. We are excited to share our progress in these areas here when they reach completion.