Empowering tomorrow's healthcare visionaries through integrated excellence
For more than a century, John Carroll graduates have excelled in health-related roles, a legacy extended by the College of Health. This new dynamic platform empowers students with rich research opportunities, nurturing aspiring leaders in clinical and administrative healthcare spheres.
Students gain a Jesuit-infused education merging social context and global perspectives. In collaboration with the Boler College of Business and College of Arts & Sciences, this integrated environment equips students to navigate intricate patient needs within healthcare and chart their career paths.
Cleveland's Healthcare Nexus
Nestled in Cleveland, a global healthcare hub, we leverage partnerships with esteemed institutions including the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth. These close affiliations and proximity with professionals provide students with invaluable insights, research and networking opportunities.
Cultivating Holistic Healthcare Leaders with Compassion
At John Carroll University, the College of Health embodies the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, or care for the whole person, cultivating a new wave of healthcare leaders committed to comprehensive care. Emphasizing the fusion of physical and mental health, we prepare students to navigate the evolving healthcare landscape.
While housed within the College of Health, our healthcare curriculum extends its reach across all academic programs. We empower students university-wide to engage with healthcare perspectives.
Addressing Workforce Shortages
More than 1,500 graduates of John Carroll University are currently working in healthcare-related fields.
The healthcare sector faces impending shortages of nurses and physicians. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a shortage of up to 195,400 nurses by 2031, while the Association of American Medical Colleges projects that physician demand is growing faster than supply, leading to a projected total physician shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians by 2034.
“Our College of Health will blend the social context and global health perspective of a Jesuit, liberal arts education with the strategic approach of a business education in the Boler College of Business to train the healthcare leaders of the future.”
- President Alan R. Miciak, Ph.D.
“The College of Health expands a structure that has been in place for decades, ensuring that our students will be prepared for the complexities of healthcare and the disparities that exist in public health. Each student will benefit from a challenging curriculum, world-class clinical experiences, and the Jesuit tradition of care for the whole person that informs everything we do.”
- Dr. Melissa Cole, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, CENP
“John Carroll’s Jesuit values and curriculum develop students as positive contributors in their careers and communities with strong character, empathy, and drive to do good. Nowhere is this foundation more beneficial than in healthcare.”
- Annmarie Lyons ’95, Vice President, Women’s Health Services at UPMC.
“We face challenges around every corner, from workforce shortage to patient distrust. We desperately need Jesuit educated doctors, nurses, and healthcare executives to help rejuvenate what the future of healthcare looks like.”
- Michael R. Anderson, M.D. ’86
"Our mission at John Carroll calls us to make a historic investment in health-related programs and impact. Building on JCU’s legacy of preparing purpose-driven clinicians and leaders in healthcare, the new College of Health promises to advance the readiness of graduates for the needs of tomorrow. With a focus on critical inquiry and experiential learning, the College of Health will produce more representative cohorts of professionals who recognize systemic causes and solutions, and are capable of leading their professions to drive outsized impact on health outcomes, clinical innovation and care delivery.”
- Eric H. Beck, D.O., M.P.H. ’04
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Our patient-centered education cultivates compassionate nurses as agents of positive change. Students grasp nursing as a scientific field, employing critical thinking and evidence-based practices to ensure safe, effective care.
Undergraduate-level Exercise Science
Students work hands on with faculty in a state-of-the-art laboratory that allows them to collect data and develop and conduct research projects. Additionally, they engage in local community settings, supporting first responders' training for the physical demands of their roles.
Pre-Health Advising (Biology and Chemistry)
Our program guides students through Biology and Chemistry focuses, which have traditionally served as the path for graduates to pursue professional careers across the healthcare spectrum, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary care and pharmacy.
Masters in Exercise Physiology
The customizable curriculum prepares students for careers in exercise physiology, encompassing skills in clinical, medical and research settings, as well as human performance, establishing skills related to coaching and sports science.
The Department of Counseling offers master's degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, both CACREP-accredited. A concentration in Substance Use Disorders Counseling is also offered to students.
The College of Health will include the Student Health Center and the student-run EMS program, as well as future program offerings for undergraduate and graduate students.
Undergraduate Major in Public Health (Fall 2024)
Undergraduate Major in Healthcare Administration (Fall 2025)
Master of Science in Nursing (Fall 2025)
Interim Dean Melissa Cole, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, CENP, spearheads the College of Health's inception. A national search for a permanent dean is ongoing, with an appointment anticipated in early 2024.
Alumni Outcomes in Healthcare
Through a passion for sport and a knack for healthcare, Joe Micca quickly made his way into the NFL after graduating from John Carroll with an Exercise Science degree in 2010. As the Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, Joe was one of the first responders to Bills safety Damar Hamlin's in-game heart attack.
Joseph Micca '10
Andrew graduated with a B.S. in Biology from John Carroll and went on to lead his own family dental practice in Northeast Ohio. During his time at JCU, he was part of the Dental Club and the Middle Eastern Student Association. After JCU, he obtained his DDS from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.
Andrew Nahra '17
Madeline Hric, MS, RD, LD, graduated from John Carroll in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science. In school, she conducted an independent research project on: "The Influence of Nutrition and Physical Activity Behaviors on Mental Health in College Students." She now works as an inpatient registered dietitian covering two gastrointestinal/general surgery units and a neurology step-down unit at the Cleveland Clinic.
Madeline Hric '17