Board of Governors Approves Name Change for School of Health Related Professions

Dear Members of the RBHS Community:

I am pleased to announce that effective Friday, July 1 the RBHS School of Health Related Professions (SHRP) will be known as the School of Health Professions (SHP).

The Rutgers University Board of Governors approved this new name to better reflect the School’s value and educational mission. This name best reflects the commitment, professionalism, and quality of our graduates, who are involved in the direct provision of patient care and are essential components of a 21st century health care delivery system.

To identify the new name, Dean Gwendolyn Mahon conducted a survey of comparable Association of American University (AAU) institutions, including Rutgers’ Big10 colleagues, and found that the overwhelming majority used “health professions” as an inclusive and diversified platform for communicating the educational mission of their schools. SHP faculty provided overwhelming support for the proposed change noting that the word “related” implied a peripheral or ancillary health care education and stating that the new name better reflects the comprehensive health care professional programs that we offer.

As you know, SHP is the largest of its kind - boasting 42 programs, over 1,800 in-person and online students, and enrollment in both undergraduate and graduate courses. The programs at SHP are highly competitive, attracting and retaining faculty and students from across the nation and the world. Our graduates are extremely successful in a wide array of health care careers, many of which require professional licensure to practice, with board certification requirements.

In addition, the School of Health Professions officially kicks off its 40th anniversary celebration with the launch of the new name. Please join me in congratulating Dean Gwendolyn Mahon, the faculty, staff, and students for these important milestones and a tremendous future as the RBHS School of Health Professions.


Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH 
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences 
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs