A message from Dean Susan Parish

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I am delighted to welcome you to Virginia Commonwealth University’s College of Health Professions. We are an international leader in promoting excellence in healthcare services and preparing our students to become skilled professionals.

Located in the heart of downtown Richmond on the MCV Campus, we are a diverse establishment built upon a robust history dating back more than 50 years. Several of our programs are consistently ranked in the top five by U.S. News & World Report. Needless to say, our surrounding community has felt our impact as have other parts of the world, in which our students, faculty and staff have touched. 

We have recently experienced firsthand how our College’s major contribution to Virginia and to the nation – training health care professionals – is more critically imperative than ever. Despite being confronted with a series of challenges, we as College banded together with the sheer determination of ensuring each of our students achieved his or her academic goals. I could not be prouder of our faculty and staff for their ongoing commitment to the College. In the same manner, the strength and dedication of our students have been unmatched.

In 2019, the College opened its new state-of-the-art building, where all 9 units were brought together under the same roof for the first time in the College’s history. Our building enables faculty, staff, and students to collaborate in ways that were never previously possible, and is a reflection of VCU’s commitment to preparing students to be the very best in their chosen fields.

Whether within the College or throughout the community, I am hopeful our students take advantage of the many opportunities surrounding them, and that the relationships they create with faculty, staff, and student colleagues will be the start of valuable connections they develop and sustain in years to come.

With best wishes,

Susan Parish, PhD, MSW
Dean of the College of Health Professions