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A warm welcome to the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies!

At the School of Nursing and Health Studies, we prepare nurses and health leaders to improve health outcomes. During the 40 year history of the school our faculty, students, and alumni have embraced the frontiers of innovation and excellence in education, research and service, while acknowledging that diversity enriches our abilities and outcomes. Both our undergraduate and graduate programs are steeped in interprofessional education and practice opportunities in a health science center. Our students in nursing are enriched by deep clinical experiences and our graduates practice with confidence in their abilities to deliver and lead in patient care and systems. Our graduate nursing programs educate researchers, educators and advanced practice providers who excel in creating and translating knowledge in health care outcomes. Our health sciences undergraduate program prepares students for careers in health policy, health program development, health and wellness, and health leadership roles-thus graduating an essential health care workforce for a rapidly changing health care system and health policy mandates.


At the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies we have additional and exceptional resources to inform our programming in education, research and practice:

  • The Collaborative for Excellence in Behavioral Health Research and Practice is committed to improving care to people with substance use and other co-occurring health disorders. Through grants and contract-funded projects, including offices of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC), the Collaborative advances health and wellness by bringing behavioral health research to practice and education, and by supporting people, organizations, and systems in their change process.
  • The Muscle Biology Research Group-MUBIG conducts innovative research from cells to humans which expands the ability of students, fellows, and investigators to make and translate new discoveries into new treatments and solutions for cardiac, muscle, and musculoskeletal diseases.


We have a vision and passion for nursing and health care to create the workforce of the future. We invite you to explore your vision with us as together we unite to improve the health of the public through education, research and service at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies. You can learn more about each of your options with us by linking to our specific program offerings.


Warm wishes,

Ann H Cary PhD MPH RN
Dean and Professor, UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow

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