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College of Science and Health

In a move to better address today’s health care needs and enhance its mission to provide a values-based education, Benedictine University announced the establishment of a College of Science and Health. The move restructures the College of Education and Health Services and streamlines Benedictine Colleges from four to three: Science & Health, Liberal Arts and Business. Benedictine will continue to offer its full complement of Education courses through the School of Education.

“This new College will provide students with both the knowledge and inspiration to help solve our world’s health problems today and into the future,” said Benedictine President Charles Gregory. “Students will find a wide-variety of course options in science and health designed specifically to prepare them for careers in these fields.”

The re-imagining of science and health into a single College will result in innovative collaborations and curriculums that offers students the opportunity to take a new and creative mix of courses that brings disciplines together to study complex problems such as global warming and public health by integrating fields such as chemistry and biology.

According to the College’s new dean Dr. Elizabeth Ritt, faculty in the newly formed college have been at the forefront of research, scholarship, innovative teaching, and service to the broader community for decades. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought our team together with a steadfast focus on tracking global health concerns. Just consider what our immediate and global communities are facing: infectious disease, chronic health problems, climate change, the lack of accessible and affordable health care, and significant healthcare disparities. It will take a multi-disciplinary approach to manage and solve these problems and that’s what Benedictine’s College of Science and Health is designed to accomplish.”


Kusumpa WHODon Kusumpa, interned at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (PND) department.

He contributed to work that will be published in three reports:

  1. WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2019 (published every two years)
  2. WHO Global Report on Trends in Tobacco Smoking 2000-2025
  3. 2019 United Nations Secretary General's Report on Rural Poverty: Health Section

kinkhabwalaNACCHO/NCSD recently announced that Vishal Kinkhabwala (MPH '13) as a recipient of its 2018 ENGAGE STD Conference Scholarship. Vishal graduated from our MPH Program in 2013 with an emphasis on Social and Behavioral Health. More recently he received his MD degree from Avalon University School of Medicine in June, 2018. Read more

MPH student, Justin Sta Ana, is the 2018 recipient of the Illinois Public Health Association's Distinguished Public Health Student of the Year Award.  (Only one student receives this award in our state each year.)  Previous Benedictine University MPH students who have also achieved this honor are Kate Kornfeind in 2017, Amar Pandya in 2016 and Rebecca Carlstrom in 2014.

Improving health and education is a critical concern for every community.  Our college helps students seeking to make a difference in these areas by developing their sense of service, enhanced by the Benedictine value of concern for others.


Our Mission
To prepare professionals in education and health committed to ethical practice, scholarship, leadership, and service to society.

Our Vision
Our graduates will have a positive impact on health and education outcomes of the diverse communities they serve.

College of Education and Health Services
Benedictine University


Yvonne Kumon
Assistant to the Dean

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