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DHS Alumni Message: Homecoming 2018

Dear DHS Alumni & Friends,

The Department of Health Sciences (DHS) was founded in 2011. Through cutting-edge, interdisciplinary teaching and research, DHS strives to be a transformative program that addresses complex health challenges and improves quality of life for all people.

What started out small has now developed into the most popular major at the University of Missouri. We now have more than 1800 students and 3165 alumni. DHS offers students amazing experiences and opportunities inside and outside of the classroom – Alternative Breaks, study abroad, internships, the DHS Mentor Program, and undergraduate research.

It has been rewarding to see the career choices of our graduates. From continuing their education to obtain graduate degrees, to working to develop solutions to complex problems in health and health care in a variety of health administration, policy and service positions, DHS alumni fill critical roles in the work force. We would love to hear about YOUR successes too. Send us a note and let us know what you’re up to.

To continue the success and growth of DHS, and provide a rich set of opportunities for current and future students, we require alumni support. As the university prepares to celebrate Homecoming 2018: Game On, Tiger Strong – we are asking YOU, our alumni to consider making a gift. Don’t sit back and say “I can only give $5 (or $15 or $25 or $50 or $100) and that just won’t make a difference.” Your gift counts. Imagine the impact if all 3,165 DHS alumni made even a small gift to DHS. There is strength in numbers. Your gift, combined with others, will have a major impact on current DHS students, faculty and staff. The funds raised will:

  1. Help students travel with Alternative Breaks, take on an unpaid internship, travel and compete in Health Sales Competitions, and support other student-run projects.
  2. Support programming and training on diversity, implicit bias, and social justice that is open to students, faculty and staff.
  3. Provide funds for faculty and students to present their research at local, national and international conferences, increasing the visibility of the important research being done by DHS faculty.
  4. Provide resources to connect campus with community – providing outreach, support, expertise, and resources for community-driven health initiatives.

If you appreciated your education experience at the University of Missouri, if DHS made a difference in your professional and personal life, please help us to continue to prepare tomorrow’s health professionals with excellence in education, outreach and research. Consider a gift to DHS today! MIZ-ZOU!


Enid Schatz, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor

Botswana Toney Blackburn, PhD, Director, Bachelor of Health Science Program and Associate Teaching Professor