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Health Studies explores the nature of healthcare, especially how legal, political, corporate, ethical and sociocultural institutions influence the organization, financing, and delivery of health services. HS aims to:

  1. Provide students with an Arts & Sciences-based, multidisciplinary understanding of health, healthcare practice and policy, health disparities and population health.
  2. Have students develop the research tools and analytical frameworks to examine complex issues related to health, healthcare practice and policy, health disparities and population health; and
  3. Prepare students for both graduate studies and employment in the health sector, which is the single largest employer and component of the U.S. economy. 

Alumni Accomplishments

  • Marguerite Crandall, '16

    Marguerite Crandall, ‘16, is a Manager in business development for Luminis Health at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD.

  • Mary Claire Jenkins, '16

    Mary Claire Jenkins, ‘16, is an Administrative Intern for Sentara Healthcare at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA. She has worked as an administrative specialist for the Richmond City Health District and as an account manager for Global Prairie.

  • Ashley Vines, '18

    Ashley Vines, ‘18, holds a MS in Biomedical Sciences from Wake Forest University Graduate School and is a student researcher at Wake Forest University of Medicine conducting immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence staining on bladder cancer tissue samples.

  • Kehinde (Tomi) Jegede, '18

    Kehinde (Tomi) Jegede, ‘18, is a Duke School of Nursing ABSN Candidate pursuing a DNP in order to work in the field of infectious diseases (esp. HIV/AIDS management), medical toxicology, as well as incorporating teaching, advocacy work, and volunteering.

  • Rocío Posada-Castañeda, '18

    Rocío Posada-Castañeda, ‘18, is an Associate Program Manager for Health Equity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Fulbright Scholar committed to dispersion of health equity resources and racial equity initiatives.

  • Mia Castagnero, '19

    Mia Castagnero, ‘19, is a Sales Representative for Clinical Research IO. During her time at UR, she was a research assistant evaluating the effects of health literacy competency in adults with chronic kidney disease.

  • Alejandra Narvaez Moran, '15

    Alejandra Narvaez Moran, ‘15, is a Wish Specialist for Make a Wish Foundation. Moran has worked as a Patient Care Coordinator for World Pediatric Project and as a Development Coordinator for Best Buddies International.

  • Jasmine Feng, '20

    Jasmine Feng, ‘20, is a Research Assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital working on developing novel mechanisms such as gene therapy and mouse modeling to study CPVT- a cardiovascular syndrome in pediatric patients that causes life threatening arrhythmias.

  • Lindsay Pett, '21

    Lindsay Pett, '21, is double majoring in Healthcare Studies and Leadership Studies with a Biology minor. She is currently applying to MPH programs in Epidemiology to achieve her goal of becoming an infectious disease epidemiologist.

  • Harleen Bal, '18

    Harleen Bal, ‘18, is a New Roots Education and Outreach Specialist for the International Rescue Committee where she develops and leads nutrition and food access education classes and curriculum for refugee populations, Special Immigrant Visa-Holders, and individuals (adults and children) in communities of low food access.

About Health Studies

Contact Us

Mailing address:

Dr. Rick Mayes
Dr. John Vaughan
Department of Health Studies
Gottwald Science Center
138 UR Drive
University of Richmond, Virginia 23173

Phone: (804) 287-6484
Fax: (804) 289-8233