The University of the Pacific is launching a school of health sciences in 2020 on the same Sacramento campus that houses its law school, saying that four new programs are needed to meet the demands of a growing health care industry.
“Retiring baby boomers have increased health care needs, resulting in a demand for more health care professionals,” said Maria Pallavicini, Pacific’s interim president. “These new programs include hybrid and online learning and were developed after extensive conversations with our community partners and others in health care. They identified a need for nurses, social workers, clinical nutritionists and occupational therapists, and we are set to prepare health care leaders for generations to come.”
The Stockton-based university will be offering master’s degree programs in nursing, clinical nutrition and social work by fall 2020 and will add a doctorate degree program in occupational therapy by spring 2021. UOP leaders are conducting a national search for a dean of the school.