Rutgers School of Health Professions Celebrates 40 Years of Achievement

Rutgers School of Health Professions wrapped up a year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary with celebratory events this month for students, faculty and staff.

“Since 1976, our school has experienced many changes,” Dean Gwendolyn Mahon said at a faculty and staff dinner reception on Monday, Sept. 25. “We have developed a vast array of educational programs and community service initiatives. We have graduated over 12,000 health professionals. We expanded from one campus to five physical campuses and gained 40 academic partners.”

In 1976, the school opened in Newark as the College of Medicine and Dentistry – School of Allied Health Professions, offering 11 certificate programs. In 1988, the school launched its first baccalaureate program. Since then, Rutgers SHP has grown into the largest, leading health professions school in the country, offering certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in eight disciplines.

In 2013, the school joined Rutgers University, one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, and one of nine colleges founded in the pre-Revolutionary Era.

To better serve students and prepare them to meet the challenges of 21st-Century health care, Rutgers SHP widened its reach geographically and expanded our programs around targeted areas of growth.  As the school marked its 40th anniversary, Dean Mahon made an important decision to rename the school, which was previously Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, to better reflect the multifaceted nature of our health and science programs

Today, the school is focused on cultivating a strong, dynamic, and meaningful research program, developing a foundation to attract and retain high-performing research faculty, with the potential to acquire extramural funding.

Rutgers SHP is also committed to developing and funding faculty scholarship; faculty has published nearly 500 articles, books, and book chapters 2016-1017 alone.

The school’s vibrant network of alumni are active health professional, making significant contributions in the health care field. They are practitioners, researchers, educators, mentors, and role models who return to guide current students and encourage them to achieve their goals. 

“Each of the last forty years has brought triumphs and challenges. Each of the last forty years has brought new faculty and students who are excited to kick-start their educational or scholarly aspirations. No matter how long each of you has been with the School of Health Professions, you have each made an impact,” Dean Mahon said to the 200 faculty and staff gathered at the 40th dinner reception.

The 40th celebrations conclude this week with events for on-campus and online students.