Message From Dean Haskvitz

esther haskvitzThere are so many ways in which Sage’s School of Health Sciences is responding to the needs of today’s health care professionals through health care education. Here are just a few examples of how we are meeting the needs of our students and our community:


We are actively preparing nurses at the doctoral level.

This is a crucial step in providing future nursing leaders in administrative and clinical roles. According to the institutes of Medicine, a nursing doctorate is “required for nurses to serve as primary care providers, nurse researchers, and nurse faculty — positions currently in great demand across the profession and within the health care system.”

Sage is establishing important new connections.

We have partnered with regional health insurance provider CDPHP to establish the annual Nutrition Lecture Series. The inaugural speaker, Christina Economos, PhD., from Tufts University, addressed the very timely issue of childhood obesity. The 2013 speaker, Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical center and nutrition consultant to many NFL, NHL, MLB, and NCAA teams, will discuss eating to optimize performance for athletes and active people.

We have initiated regular interprofessional case conferences focused on bringing together students from each of the health sciences.

These programs provide students with a chance to meet, study, and learn with and from each other, across their professional areas. This kind of interaction prepares our students for the real world of interprofessional health care teams.


In the midst of this growth, we continue with the strengths we are known for: outreach and professional excellence. Many programs in the School of Health Sciences do extensive community outreach ranging from games for good health for urban children to health fairs for senior citizens. Faculty members in each of the health sciences disciplines continue to engage in research; present their findings at local, regional, national, and international conferences; publish in professional journals; and apply for and receive grants.

I am proud to champion the students and faculty in the school of Health sciences. We hope that you will feel inspired by what you read here and that you will join us in working towards creating a healthier future for all.

Esther M. Haskvitz, PT, PhD., ATC
Dean, School of Health Sciences