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Pepperdine University to Establish a College of Health Science



MALIBU, California – Pepperdine University President Jim Gash announced the University’s decision to establish a College of Health Science. The Board of Regents approved the proposal in a meeting in February, and gave their overwhelming support to proceed with further exploration of its foundational and future programs.

“Establishing a College of Health Science is among the most ambitious initiatives ever undertaken by the University,” said University President Jim Gash. “We see the tremendous need for healthcare professionals in the region and around the world, and as a Christian university committed to academic excellence, Pepperdine is well positioned to deliver exceptional educational opportunities for students who want to pursue lives of purpose, service, and leadership.”

The first academic tracks of the College of Health Science are proposed to launch in August 2025. These programs initially include two nursing degrees – the bachelor of science and entry-level master’s degree programs in nursing. A speech-language pathology program is also planned for 2025. Future plans include occupational therapy, physician assistant, and physical therapy programs.

The University will also explore the potential for interdisciplinary collaborative programs with its existing colleges and schools at Pepperdine.

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Founded in 1937, Pepperdine University is an independent, Christian university located 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles in scenic Malibu, California. The University enrolls approximately 10,300 students across its flagship liberal arts school, Seaver College; the Caruso School of Law; the Graziadio Business School; the Graduate School of Education and Psychology; and the School of Public Policy. Pepperdine is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Follow Pepperdine on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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