Schools & College

Preparing practitioners to excel

The Faculty of Health acts as the umbrella for a number of Schools at Dalhousie – Nursing, Health and Human Performance, Health Administration, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and the QEII/Dalhousie School of Health Sciences –  as well as one college - Pharmacy - and one stand alone program: the Clinical Vision Science Program located at the IWK Health Centre.  We also have a number of diploma and certificate programs that are part of our Schools/College.

Clinical Vision Science Program

Located at the IWK Health Centre, the Clinical Vision Science Program encourages an integrated approach to the field of vision sciences and to expanding knowledge of research that underpins much clinical practice. It is the largest orthoptic education centre in Canada and the only one to offer graduates the opportunity to gain certification in orthoptics and opthalmic medical technology. Prof. Darren T. Oystreck, Director/Assistant Dean - Community Engagement.

School of Health and Human Performance

The School of Health and Human Performance offers degree programs in kinesiology, health promotion, recreation and leisure. Students learn about the benefits of physical activity and recreation in contributing to healthy living. Dr. Laurene Rehman, Director/Assistant Dean Research (Students).

School of Health Administration

The School of Health Administration prepares students for a career in health care at the managerial level and meets the needs of health-care professionals already working in the field: in small and large facilities, community health, multi-service and emergency-service centres. Dr. Michael Kiefte, Interim Director/Assistant Dean - Partnerships.

School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences, also known as the QEII/Dalhousie School of Health Sciences, offers specialized degrees for health professionals in five disciplines. We educate sonographers, nuclear medicine technologists, radiological technologists, respiratory therapists and medical lab technologists. Prof. Catherine Gunn, Director/Assistant Dean - Undergraduate Education.

School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders educates audiologists and speech-language pathologists at a graduate level. The School also advocates for people with communication disorders. Dr. Michael Kiefte, Interim Director/Assistant Dean - Professional Education.

School of Nursing

Great nurses begin and further their education at the School of Nursing. A career in nursing offers challenge, travel, professional development and the reward of working in a warm and caring profession that's concerned about helping people to stay healthy or to get well. Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener, Director/Assistant Dean - Research.

School of Occupational Therapy

The School of Occupational Therapy educates exceptional occupational therapists and generates knowledge about the profession in Atlantic Canada and beyond. The "occupation" part of occupational therapy refers to what occupies people everyday: caring for themselves, having fun, and doing work - whether at home, on the job or at school. Dr. Paula Rushton, Director

College of Pharmacy

You might think of the pharmacist as wearing a white coat, standing behind the counter at the local drugstore, counting pills and giving advice to customers. But pharmacy as a career has undergone a dramatic shift: the profession is much more patient focused. The College of Pharmacy gives students the knowledge and skills they need to provide drug therapy for the better health of patients. Prof. Susan Mansour, Director/Assistant Dean - Development.

School of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are part of the health care team; they assist with the rehabilitation and prevention of physical problems associated with injury, disease or inactivity. The School of Physiotherapy offers degree programs at the masters level. Dr. Lynn Shaw, Director (Interim)/Assistant Dean - Citizenship.

School of Social Work

With a long-standing history in the community, the School of Social Work has pioneered theories of practice that take account of systemic inequalities based on gender, sexual orientation, race, culture, ethnicity, class and (dis)ability. Social workers are characterized by their commitment to human rights and social justice. Dr. Judy MacDonald, Director/Assistant Dean - Inclusion and Equity