College of Health Sciences


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College enrolls top freshmen class

The College of Health Sciences enrolled 260 new freshmen in its undergraduate majors. In addition to a record-breaking number of applications, an ongoing trend over the past several years, the college’s selectivity rate was 33 percent (compared to the university mean of 52.4 percent), making it the highest among all colleges at Marquette offering more than a single academic major. Read more.

Fish Fry and Game-watching Party

Friday, Nov. 9
Hosted by the College of Health Sciences Alumni Association

5 p.m. - Reception
6 p.m. - Tipoff

Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St.

Register online at

Breast cancer put them at this starting line

Breast Cancer Survivers

Exercise science associate professor Dr. Alex Ng joins with an enthusiastic group of cancer survivors to study the impact of exercise on cancer outcomes. Read more.


More News

PT professors receive program award

Drs. Paula Papanek and Larry Pan received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Office of Minority Health to promote healthy lifestyles and life choices in Hispanic middle school youth at the United Community Center in Milwaukee.  The program, entitled “Youth Empowered to Succeed” works with UCC’s Bruce Guadalupe Middle School to provide mentorship, tutorials, advising, fitness, wellness and youth asset development to 50 middle school youth. YES is part of a national Youth Empowerment Program initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. Read more.

Marquette Presents debuts

The College of Health Sciences’ new forum series Marquette Presents focuses on issues of community health. The inaugural program, “Depression – The Intersection of Hope, Medicine and Research,” was held Sept. 17, 2012 before a diverse audience, including individuals and families affected by depression, service providers, mental health advocates, and Marquette students and alumni. The forum presented an opportunity to discuss the biological basis of depression to a group of nearly 400 individuals who share a stake in destigmatizing and treating this disorder. Read more.

Promentis Pharmaceuticals receives new funding

Promentis Pharmaceuticals Inc., Marquette’s first-ever pharmaceutical start-up company, received a three-year, $1.8 million Small Business Innovation Research award from the National Institutes of Health to develop more effective drugs to treat schizophrenia. The award will support efforts to take Promentis’ most promising compounds to the beginning of clinical trials. The company also received a $299,000 grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation to conduct further research into compounds that show promise for treating Parkinson’s disease. Read more.

2012 Teaching and Service Award winners named

The College of Health Sciences recognizes Dr. Marie Hoeger Bement, Wendy Krueger and Jacqueline Podewils for teaching excellence, clinical teaching excellence and excellence in service at the 2012 Convocation ceremony. Read more.

CLLS faculty and students receive top honors at national meeting

Dr. April Harkins, associate professor of clinical laboratory science, and 2012 clinical laboratory science graduate Cuifen Li were recognized for scientific poster presentations at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. Read more.

PA students win national awards

Marquette University physician assistant students Kyle Kinderman, Jennifer Peterson and Janelle Smith earned national recognition by winning highly competitive scholarship awards. Read more.

  • Message from the dean
  • Save The Date

Bill CullinanWelcome to our fall e-newsletter. It is always a pleasure to keep you up to date on our progress. We recently welcomed our most academically talented freshman class, and indeed, the most impressive across the university. Our nationally recognized faculty continue to thrive on many levels — from garnering impressive national research grants and health programming awards, to recognition for outstanding achievement within their respective disciplines. The professional programs within the college continue to excel in terms of national rankings/recognition and in student demand.  To share just one example, our Physician Assistant Studies Program enrolls 25 students from an external pool of applicants each fall. This year we received more than 900 applications for the 25 positions in next year’s class. As demand for our professional programs continues to grow rapidly, it is worth noting that we have nearly 400 students enrolled in the professional programs in Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Speech and Language Pathology. To put this in some perspective, there are currently 320 professional students enrolled in Marquette’s School of Dentistry. I am also pleased to report on the inaugural edition of a series of community outreach events we launched called Marquette Presents. The forums will serve to highlight faculty expertise while engaging the larger health community on topics of great interest. In the near future, the series will address schizophrenia, stroke and other neurological illnesses. For more information about upcoming events, explore our website and consider joining us on Facebook.

William E. Cullinan, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health Sciences
Marquette University

Coming up

Fish Fry and Game-watching Party - Friday, Nov. 9

Hosted by the College of Health Sciences Alumni Association
5 p.m. - Reception
6 p.m. - Tipoff

Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St.

$20 for a fish fry buffet and cash bar

The College of Health Sciences Alumni Association is changing venues for this annual event. Join us for a fish fry dinner and watch the Marquette men’s basketball team take on Ohio State in the Carrier Classic in the first game of the season.

Register online at

For questions, contact Martha Moore in Alumni Engagement and Outreach at or (414) 288-0398.

Save the Date


The Marquette University Dental Hygiene Reunion Committee invites you to an “All Year Dental Hygiene Reunion” on Friday, July 26, 2013. The event will include a brief dental hygiene presentation, reception and dinner.  The celebration will be a tribute to mark the 90th Anniversary of when Dental Hygiene started at Marquette University in 1923 and to honor the 2,934 dental hygienists who graduated from Marquette’s Dental Hygiene Program. Watch for additional information in upcoming CHS e-newsletters and on the website. Please make plans with your fellow classmates to attend this special event!