College of Science, Health and Liberal Arts

Executive Dean: M. Dryer
Associate Dean: B. Kimmelman
Associate Dean for General Education: T. Schrand
Coordinator of Academic Operations: P. Brennan
Director of Science Laboratories and Chemical Hygiene Officer for Academic Programs: Gwenn Allen

Faculty: J. Anderson, J. Ashley, A. Baker, M. Baker, J. Bail, C. Bock, A. Bower, P. Bradford, D. Cafaro,  J. Coale, D. Cundell,  M. McCoy Deh, S. DiDonato, S. Dinero, J. Felter, L. Focacci, K. Gindlesparger, E. M. Gorenberg, K. Gill,  S. Haiman, V. Hanson, K. Herron, S. Humbert, A. Jones, K. Jones, C. Kennedy, B. Kimmelman, J. Klemens, W. Krupnick, E. Laine, R. Long, D. Michaels, K. Mickle, M. Milkevitch, N. Niemczyk, S. Parillo, D. Perlman, D. Pfeuffer-Scherer, R. Parakkal, E. Parr, R. Peterson, J. Pierce, N. Rao, D. Rogers, H. Rostami, M. Roydhouse, T. Schrand, R. Shain,  P. Tiemeyer, B. Trivinia, S. Van Dahm, W. Wachter-Schutz, C. White, F. Wilkinson

The College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts is home to a multidisciplinary faculty and innovative curriculum in history, the humanities, mathematics, the sciences, the social sciences and the health professions. The College has a mission to promote academic excellence in professional education and the liberal arts and sciences through its academic programs and offerings that include:


The College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts is responsible for the delivery of Philadelphia University’s innovative general education core curriculum that stresses active learning, integrative thinking and a blending of professional and liberal education. The Hallmarks Core, part of the broader Hallmarks program encourages students to approach their professional area within the broader political, social, economic, ethical and cultural contexts. This curriculum is designed to promote critical thinking and to enhance the student’s skills in communication, quantitative reasoning, information literacy and research.


  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biopsychology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Health Sciences
  • Law and Society
  • Pre-Medical Studies
  • Psychology


  • B.S. in Health Sciences/M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies
    • Option: Five-Year Freshman Admission B.S. /M.S.
  • B.S in Health Sciences/M.S. in Occupational Therapy
  • B.S. in Health Science/M.S, in Community Counseling & Trauma
  • B.S. in Psychology/M.S. in Occupational Therapy
  • B.S. in Psychology/M.S, in Community Counseling & Trauma
  • MBA/M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies


  • Childhood Trauma Studies


  • Master of Science in Community and Trauma Counseling
  • Master of Science in Disaster Medicine and Management
  • Master of Science in Midwifery
  • Master of Science in Midwifery Completion Program
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy


  • Advanced Studies in Trauma Counseling
  • Business and Organizational Continuity
  • Post Master’s Certificate in Midwifery
  • Childhood Trauma Studies
  • Disaster Medicine and Management
  • Post Master's Certificate in Midwifery


For more information about the minors see the “Minors and Concentrations” section of the Academic Catalog.

  • Biodiversity
  • Communication
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Genetics 
  • Law and Society
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Sciences

College Mission

The College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts strives to graduate students who are competent professionals who are fully prepared for professional practice or graduate study and are proficient in the general areas of:

  • Information literacy and lifelong learning
  • Oral, written and electronic communication
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • The use of technology
  • Critical thinking, in-depth analysis, complex decision-making and problem-solving
  • Appreciation for diversity and awareness of a global perspective
  • Ethical reflection
  • Civic engagement
  • Leadership

The College seeks to create and foster a learning community of self-motivated students and teacher-scholars with meaningful interactions both in and out of the classroom and laboratory.

Core Values

This mission will be accomplished through the focus and dedication of a premier faculty, administration and staff in a nurturing environment based on the following common set of values:

  • Innovative teaching and active learning
  • Individual mentoring and outstanding academic advising
  • Outstanding service to students, families and alumni
  • Strong professional preparation grounded in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Applied research with student participation
  • Ethical reflection and integrity
  • Program, college, university and community service