The Division of Health Sciences
The Brody School of Medicine is a component of the ECU Division of Health Sciences. The division comprises the College of Nursing, the College of Allied Health Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine, the East Carolina Heart Institute, and Laupus Library. Faculty and students in the division have a collegial relationship that emphasizes interdisciplinary education and a joint approach to health care problem-solving.
The College of Nursing, established in 1959, is a center of excellence in nursing education, research and practice. The school’s academic programs prepare professional nurses as baccalaureate generalists and as specialists for advanced practice at the master’s level. The undergraduate program is intended for first-time college students, returning and transfer students as well as registered nurses who obtained their basic nursing education in community colleges and hospitals. The master’s program provides study options in clinical services administration, community health, adult health, neonatal nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, and family nurse practitioner. The college also offers post-master’s certificates as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in school nursing. In 2002, the college established a doctoral program in nursing, and the first doctorate in nursing was awarded in 2005.
The College of Allied Health Sciences, established in 1967-68, was created in response to the growing need for allied health professionals in eastern North Carolina and the state. The college centers around nine departments, each headed by a departmental chairperson. The nine departments are biostatistics, clinical laboratory science, health services and information management, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, communication sciences and disorders, physical therapy, rehabilitation studies and community health.
The Department of Physician Assistant Studies offers a 24-month program of campus instruction as well as an innovative 36-month course of instruction using distance-learning technology. Both programs result in the award of a master’s degree and qualify the graduates to take the national certifying exam. Students receive the preparation to allow them to sit for the certification exam in both family practice and surgery.
The master’s of public health degree program began in 2003 and now enrolls approximately 90 students. This interdisciplinary program prepares professionals to provide public health leadership in a variety of health and human service settings. Consistent with the regional characteristics of eastern North Carolina, the MPH degree focuses on public health needs of rural and minority populations particularly in eastern North Carolina. Full-time students can complete the 42-semester hour curriculum in two years or less.