Maguire Meservey College of Health & Human Services
Sami Ansari, PhD, Dean
The Maguire Meservey College of Health and Human Services (MMCHHS) has a long history of providing broad-based education to our students and preparing them to serve in the field of healthcare and human services.
Our healthcare programs, including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Healthcare Studies, offer students a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical options in healthcare fields. Our Social Work and Criminal Justice programs prepare students for the ever-changing challenges of working with diverse populations in different fields in human services areas.
The School of Nursing has a 50-year history preparing nurses and future nurses to meet the many challenges of today’s complex healthcare environment. Our graduates provide healthcare services in diverse settings locally, nationally, and globally. Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is certified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN).
Occupational Therapy (OT) offers two programs tailored to be flexible to meet the needs of students and the demands of today’s healthcare workforce. They include a combined BS/MS in OT and a direct-entry MS in OT. The OT program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Graduates of the program have had a positive and lasting impact on the health and well-being of people of all ages, adding years to their lives and life to their years.
For those interested in healthcare careers but prefer non-clinical settings, we offer a BS in Healthcare Studies and a combined BS in Healthcare Studies and Spanish programs. The programs prepare students for multiple facets of the healthcare industry, including technology, leadership and management, cultural competence and diversity, health and disability, policy, and research. Our combined program is specially designed to serve heritage and non-heritage Spanish speakers. Students will build upon studies in healthcare basics and expand their skillsets through a choice of minor and internship experiences.
If Nursing is the flagship of our healthcare programs, Social Work carries the title in our human services programs. Our Social Work program was among the first in the state university system, and we have led on that educational forefront ever since. Social Work offers graduate (MSW) and undergraduate (BSW) programs and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Criminal Justice offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Our criminal justice graduates work with law enforcement agencies, courts, and correctional institutions at local, state, and federal levels and are employed by social service organizations, private businesses, and private security organizations. Our CJ graduates are also attorneys, university professors, judges, elected officials, and much more. The department offers undergraduate, graduate, and combined (4+1) programs certified as the Police Career Incentive Pay Program (PCIPP), also known as Quin Bill, by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Maguire Meservey College of Health and Human Services’ mission centers on the educational preparation of students, grounded in theory, research, and practice in the fields of nursing, social work, criminal justice, occupational therapy, and healthcare. Recognizing the unique interdisciplinary nature of these respective professions, we seek to promote a humanistic, caring environment, which maximizes student potential and instills sensitivity to current social problems and issues. The Maguire Meservey College of Health and Human Services is committed to providing broad-based education in health care and human services promoting knowledgeable professionals working in a world of diverse cultures and seeking opportunities to serve and foster the well-being of the public.
- To provide students with requisite practice models, appropriate and current research to prepare them for beginning and advanced professional practice in their respective disciplines.
- To prepare students to contribute to and utilize the knowledge base of their respective disciplines while recognizing the mutually interactive nature of this knowledge, especially as it applies to human concerns.
- To stimulate students’ ability to critically analyze social problems and issues facing both the nation and the broader global society and prepare them to evaluate professional and organizational responses.
- To instill in students an understanding of the ethical standards of each discipline and to foster ethical decision-making and professional behavior.
- To stimulate and support scholarship and research and to facilitate efforts for interdisciplinary collaboration.
- To instill in faculty and students the value and importance of lifelong learning and to accordingly provide professional development opportunities.
- To serve as a resource and an advocate for the University and the greater community in program development and disseminating critical information related to current societal needs.
- To foster appreciation and respect for a culturally diverse population and promote effective working relationships in an increasingly multi-cultural society.
- To encourage ongoing collaboration and collegiality in the College as well as within the University as a whole.