Training for today and tomorrow

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The three schools in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center work continually to adapt to current and future needs in the health professions.

For example, faculty in Emory School of Medicine are partnering with faculty at Georgia Tech to create new bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs and concentrations in health care robotics—the first degree programs in this area in the United States. They are supported in this effort by a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. In addition, the school's emergency medicine department received funding through the federal Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training program to help train first responders and other workers at risk for exposure to infectious disease to protect themselves and prevent disease spread.


Students and trainees in health sciences:

Emory University School of Medicine

■ 575 medical students, including 93 MD/PhD students

■ 1,266 residents and fellows

■ 509 students in allied health training, such as physical therapy and physician assistant programs

Rollins School of Public Health

■ 1,140 master's and 189 PhD students

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

■ 374 bachelor's, 236 master's, 34 PhD students, 21 DNP students


The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing recently revised its curricula for both bachelor's and master's students to focus on continuum of care across the lifespan, from childhood to old age, with a new emphasis on palliative care. The school also introduced executive online courses for MSN degrees in several acute care specialties, including the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program, the only such program in Georgia.

At the Rollins School of Public Health, students are out in front of the increasing need for mobile health applications, leading the Rollins mHealth Collaboration to teach fellow students how to develop mobile applications with a variety of uses, ranging from acquisition of data for research to disseminating education and interventional outreach to at-risk populations. The school also recently added Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology to its growing list of certification programs, and the enrollment cap for the prerequisite course for the new program had to be increased twice to accommodate student demand.

emory sonEmory's nursing curricula focuses on the continuum of care across the lifespan, from birth to old age.

■ Emory Healthcare provided $62.7 million to support teaching and research missions in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center in fiscal year 2015-2016.

■ The Woodruff Health Sciences Center invested 24.9% of its tuition income last year in financial aid for its students, an amount totaling $26.4 million.