School of Health Sciences

The highly-collaborative School of Health Sciences (SHS) at Chatham University stands in stark contrast to the “lost in the crowd” health sciences programs at many larger universities. The School's unique makeup allows for interprofessional education among students in nursing, psychology, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training.
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Critical Thinking & Service-Oriented

SHS programs are highly selective, with an approximate 24% acceptance rate (313 accepted out of 1,299 applicants). We excel in training students through problem-based learning, fostering critical thinking skills, and encouraging students to serve local, national, and international communities through service-oriented programs for medically-underserved populations.

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Active Learning

Our approach to learning places students in a position of active responsibility for absorbing and mastering content. They learn new material by confronting and solving problems as applied to actual clinical cases.

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Interprofessional Education (IPE)

Interprofessional education involves students from two or more health professions learning together during their training. The goal of IPE is to enhance communication and decision-making, allowing various domains of knowledge to complement each other.

Learn About IPE : Checkerboard 3 - Interprofessional Education (IPE)
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Dedicated Faculty

Students learn from dedicated faculty members—many of whom are practicing clinicians themselves—in a close-knit atmosphere known for providing personal attention to every student.

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Chatham Eastside

The School of Health Sciences is located at Chatham Eastside, part of the Shadyside Campus. Chatham Eastside is in Pittsburgh’s bustling East End district, near Bakery Square, a vibrant retail district that is home to Google’s Pittsburgh office. The building was a LEED-Silver renovation project that uses sustainable design practices, recycled materials, and energy efficient lighting to create academic and social space within a green environment.

Explore Chatham Eastside : Checkerboard 5 - Chatham Eastside
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Making an Impact in Ecuador

Some of our programs include international travel opportunities to provide services in healthcare settings. The School is known for its international collaboration with the CRECER organization in Ibarra, Ecuador, where faculty and students participate in service learning experiences related to occupational and physical therapy.

Read the Story : Checkerboard 6 - Making an Impact in Ecuador
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Expanding Your Education Abroad

Our most recent international collaboration has been with Wenzhou Medical University. Psychology students spend the summer at Chatham participating in educational seminars and cultural experiences.

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Getting More Comfortable With Death and Dying

Last winter, Victoria Kissell, MPAS ’18, was able to add a facet to her education that not many PAs are able to claim. “We don’t learn how to deal with death in school,” she says. “Because we’re focused on making people better, we tend to push it aside, even though it’s inevitable. Through the Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s Fellowship in Death and Dying, I was able to talk to people who handle it every day, so that if I do have a patient who is terminally ill, I’m more comfortable talking about it.”