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College of Health Related Professions

Welcome from the Dean

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Welcome to the College of Health Related Professions at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Thank you for visiting our site.

Our mission is to train high quality health professionals in physician assistant services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, midwifery, diagnostic medical imaging, and medical informatics. Our college has a long tradition of excellence in training health professionals dating back to 1966. Therefore, we have a large footprint with well over 4,000 alumni.

Health in the 21st century is one of society's most important concerns. There is a clear global demand for well trained and passionate health professionals. It is also clear the United States is becoming increasingly culturally diverse. Here at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and our college, we specialize in preparing health professionals who are proficient in serving culturally diverse communities. Much of this work happens in urban settings like here in Brooklyn. In doing this work, we attempt to address disparities due to cultural orientation to enhance health outcomes for all.

We also focus on training health professionals who are both discipline based experts and future global leaders. Global leaders are cross-culturally competent, anticipate and create change, make decisions and prove the effectiveness of their endeavors using data, engage in critical thinking, and utilize their influence to continuously reinvent themselves and their organizations going forward. We challenge our students to reach their potential as experts in their chosen disciplines as well as global leaders.

On behalf of our alumni, students, staff and faculty, I invite you to contact us to explore how you can participate in one of our health professions. We would love to have you involved!

Sincerely,
Allen Lewis, PhD
Dean and Professor