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School of Health Studies and Education

A Community of Changemakers

The School of Health Studies and Education at Saint Joseph's Unviersity 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.

What Sets Us Apart

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 health majors from the Class of 2017 were employed, continuing their education in graduate school or committed to service/military appointments within 6 months of graduation.


Graduate students were enrolled in education or health master's and doctoral programs in 2019.


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

Find Your Health or Education Program

Saint Joseph’s School of Health Studies and Education has a wide variety of majors and minors, graduate programs, degree completion and certificate programs, many offering paths to certification. At Saint Joseph's, you also have the option to double-major within or across the schools.

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, PhD, LPCS, NCC

Dean, School of Health Studies and Education

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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

Our faculty are distinguished scholars, 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.

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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 office of health professions advising works with students interested in pursuing graduate school 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 in “full time” 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 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.

My Hawk Hill

Morgan smiles wearing a black and white striped sweater

My education classes at SJU introduced me to the idea of teaching for social justice through Jesuit ideals and values. I was always challenged and supported by my professors to think deeper about the issues in schools and how I can be an agent for change."

Morgan smiles wearing a black and white striped sweater

Morgan Falvey '18

English language arts teacher, MEd student

Andrew smiles in his graduation robes in the Chapel of Saint Joseph on campus

I learned the values of integrity, accountability, dedication and sacrifice through a plethora of challenging and engaging classes on Hawk Hill. My professors instilled in me a work ethic and a maturity that I don’t believe I could have attained at any other institution. I learned  leadership and teamwork skills, two things that will benefit me immensely in my professional life.”

Andrew smiles in his graduation robes in the Chapel of Saint Joseph on campus

Andrew Arner '17

Physician Assistant


I wanted to get to the next level of my career, and the leadership aspect of the program really drew me in. One of the biggest takeaways for me was the ability to hone in on active listening skills. It's an important skill to have as an evaluator"


Kimberly Braxton '17 (M.S.)

Organization Development and Leadership Senior Consultant