Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to the Web site of Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. It is a true privilege to lead a school that is committed to creating an environment where the incredible talents of our students, faculty, and staff shine. 

Fostering this type of community, where individuals are able to thrive and positioned to do their best, has been a consistent theme in my career in the health care field, ranging from my work as a head nurse in the hospital environment focusing on quality of care and the patient experience to my approach as an educator working to inspire students’ intellectual curiosity and development. As an academic administrator, first as a department chair and now as dean, I have also placed the same attention on supporting a robust academic environment for our faculty and students.

This is a challenging and energizing time to be engaged in the health and health care fields, and I am pleased you are interested in finding out more about our unique school.  Our multidisciplinary learning community, with five academic departments in Advanced Nursing Practice, Health Systems Administration, Human Science, International Health, and Professional Nursing Practice, is well known for several key attributes:

  • A values-based academic framework that is anchored in Georgetown’s Catholic, Jesuit identity
  • Student-centered education that fosters close interaction with faculty members inside and outside of the classroom
  • Experiential learning opportunities that leverage the school’s location in Washington, DC and its proximity to federal agencies, health systems, scientific bodies, think tanks, and community-based organizations
  • Award-winning faculty, innovative approaches to education, and an active program of research
  • Nationally ranked graduate programs.

Through the work of our five departments, our students are poised to contribute to the highly complex health field – ranging from direct patient care and scientific discovery, to managing health systems and implementing public health programs globally. The possibilities, as exemplified by the impressive achievements of our vast alumni network, are many.

As so much continues to evolve in our knowledge about health and the way care is delivered, our commitment to others – individuals, families, and communities – remains unchanged.  That dedication has animated us since our founding in 1903 and is deeply rooted in the university’s Catholic, Jesuit identity.  I hope that you will visit us soon to learn more.

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN