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College of Health Sciences

Preparing your preferred healthcare provider. 

The College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, and service.  The College of Health Sciences provides leadership in healthcare by offering excellent educational experiences in a quality learning environment to facilitate the development of competent, caring health professionals; by generating knowledge through inquiry and discovery; and by engaging in lifelong learning, professional, and community service.

The College of Health Sciences is home to five schools (Community & Environmental Health, Dental Hygiene, Medical Diagnostics & Translational Sciences, Nursing, and Physical Therapy and Athletic Training) with 9 bachelor’s degree programs and 10 graduate degree programs.  Over 100 full time faculty and numerous adjuncts work to advance healthcare education and research through interdisciplinary and global collaborations.


Fundraising Opportunities 

Student Research Support

                Our student research footprint is beginning to take hold as we held our first College wide graduate student research day in May 2018.  The Health Services Research doctoral program continues to expand, and the newly launched Kinesiology & Rehabilitation doctoral program is attracting many exceptional student applicants.  Supporting our graduate students by providing funding for assistantships is crucial.  These assistantships allow our students to be immersed within their research experience while also providing research support for faculty mentors.  A gift of $40,000 supports one doctoral student for the entire academic year. 

Community Engagement

                The Future School of Public Health: We strive to transition the School of Community & Environmental Health into the first named School of Public Health in the Commonwealth.  This newly developed School will be the leading academic resource and epicenter in the region for research, education and practice at the baccalaureate and graduate levels, and the purveyor of community outreach services. In order for this to become a reality we are seeking $13 million to support 2 endowed faculty members and several of our student researchers.   

                Growing Monarch Physical Therapy: Our entrepreneurial and innovation efforts led to the launching of Monarch Physical Therapy in 2014.  The Monarch Physical Therapy clinic offers patients in  Hampton Roads a unique rehabilitation experience that draws on faculty expertise and research.  We have a strong foundation and are ready for the next step in our development: increasing our services through the use of robotic equipment to service neurological injuries including, but not limited to individuals who have experienced a stroke, spinal cord injury, or have Parkinson’s.  Each piece of the robotic equipment is at least $75,000 and the clinic is in need of this equipment as well as additional space for growth so that we can better serve the rehabilitative needs of our community and share our research findings with Hampton Roads and beyond. 

                Development of Centers/Clinics within Virginia Beach: The ability to partner with the community is at the forefront and the development of various centers and clinics within our Virginia Beach expansion is critical to our initiative.  We hope to further develop our telehealth presence, our simulation and standardized patient focus, as well as our desire to implement a clinic which will foster research and educational initiatives within the College.  We are seeking support for each of these components, through acquisition of space, staff and equipment for operational needs.


Popular Services and Programs:

  • Dental Hygiene Care Facility
  • Dental Hygiene Continuing Education
  • Monarch Physical Therapy
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Center for Global Health

When I see graduates from our program come up to me and pat me on the back - maybe a grocery store or at a meeting - and tell me how wonderful their life is going and tell me how much they appreciate their education at Old Dominion University - that's gold.

Dr. Geroge C. Maihafer
George Maihafer Scholarship in Physical Therapy

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