Elaine Estes 19' in front of Merion Hall, the Home of the School of Health Studies and Education at Saint Joseph's University

A Community of Changemakers


Saint Joseph's University prepares educators, healthcare professionals and industry leaders to create positive change in their communities. Our curriculum embraces social justice and immerses students in the community, inspiring them to serve and uplift whole individuals and families.

Inspired by purpose and service

We believe that education and health are at the heart of individual and community advancement. Careers in these sectors are more than jobs, they are driven by passion and purpose. Our programs challenge students to embrace the Jesuit concept of cura personalis — care for the whole person — in their professions, in the way that they serve students, patients, clients and communities.


Public, private, parochial and charter schools in the region have an ongoing Saint Joseph's presence — from student teachers to ACESJU educators.


Of undergraduate students from the Class of 2021 were employed, continuing their education in graduate school or committed to service/military appointments within 6 months of graduation.


The average base salary for graduates of our Graduate Health Studies and Education programs.


Years of serving the autism community through the Kinney Center of Autism Education and Support.

Find Your Health or Education Program

The School of Health Studies and Education offers undergraduate majors and minors, certificates and graduate degrees, and degree completion for adult learners. Many of our programs offer a path to professional certification. We encourage you to explore your interests by adding a double major, combining courses across schools, or choosing a 4+1 bachelor’s/master’s combined degree program.

In the School of Health Studies and Education, we encourage students to understand themselves as reflective practitioners in the context of a global community and to develop collaborative skills through inter-professional experiences. Using the resources available within Saint Joseph University’s unique urban and suburban environment, students engage in real world experiences through service learning, internships and clinical practice.

Angela McDonald, Dean of the School of Health Studies and Education

Angela McDonald, Ph.D., LPCS, NCC

Dean, School of Health Studies and Education

Saint Joseph's University's Barbelin Hall reflecting of Drexel Library's window

Values-Based Doctoral Degree for Leaders

The Doctor of Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) and certification program prepares transformational leaders across K-12, higher education and social sector fields who are committed to equity-oriented change.

The program’s coursework integrates theory and scholarship with practice, thereby highlighting the value of developing transformational scholar-practitioners who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to adapt to problems in real-world contexts.

Our Faculty

The School of Health Studies and Education faculty members are distinguished scholars, educators, health practitioners and mentors who work closely with students to create engaged programs of study. They are dedicated to providing transformative experiences through nationally recognized academic programs that combine faculty-led instruction with real-world experiences.

Field Work and Research

In both education and health programs, field work is just as important to building skills as classroom instruction. From student teaching to clinical training and research, the School of Health Studies and Education provides opportunities for students to create a well-rounded educational experience.

Teacher instructions children in classroom

A requirement for undergraduate and graduate education students seeking certification, field experiences allow teacher candidates to make explicit connections with course content and promote an understanding of students' cognitive development, motivation and learning styles.

A student measures liquid in the lab

The Health Professions Advising office works with students interested in pursuing graduate studies in health. Part of this advising involves helping students find placement for necessary clinical hours at nearby hospitals and care facilities.

A student explains his research at a poster session

The summer scholars program provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to engage full time in research, creative writing, and fine and performing arts projects endeavors under the guidance of faculty mentors during the summer months.



The Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University (ACESJU), is an innovative two-year service program that provides recent college graduates the opportunity to serve as full-time teachers and administrators in under-resourced Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Diocese of Camden while pursuing a master’s degree.

Partnership Programs

Through special partnership agreements with local universities, students can complete a Saint Joseph's education while getting a head-start in their health careers.

  • Villanova: Saint Joseph's students have priority admissions into the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing for the 14-month Villanova BSN Express Program.
  • Jefferson: After three years at Saint Joseph's, students complete their education at Thomas Jefferson University where they take the professional training needed to receive a nursing degree.
  • PCOM: SJU applicants to PCOM's doctor of osteopathy program will get early consideration if they meet the application criteria.

My Hawk Hill

Lucy Harmon

SJU was integral in my social, spiritual and professional formation. Through the Jesuit values and the teachings of Saint Ignatius, I realized what it truly means to be a woman with and for others while discovering my passions and navigating the path to my vocation."

Lucy Harmon

Lucy Harmon '19

STEM Teacher

Shanika Peck

Saint Joseph's is all about serving the communities I’m from. There is something about the Jesuit education — the focus on social justice, making an impact and empowerment — that I felt fit my passion to create or cause change in the community."

Shanika Peck

Shanika Peck '21 (M.S.)

Urban Educator and Instructor


My health studies classes helped me understand a different aspect of health care. Not only did I receive the scientific and anatomical education I needed, but I also learned about health disparities, healthcare ethics and the psychosocial aspects of health conditions. Those courses are the ones that I truly believe will help me become a more well-rounded health professional."


Reece Long '20

Doctor of Physical Therapy Student, Thomas Jefferson University

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