Letter from Provost


Wendy Duncan, PhD

Welcome to California Health Sciences University!

It’s my honor and privilege to serve as the academic leader for California Health Sciences University (CHSU), the first university of its kind in the region and perhaps the most unique in the nation. Our vision – to improve the health care outcomes of people living in California’s Central Valley – is what motivates us to succeed every day and its implications are far-reaching. Through our emphasis on interprofessional collaboration and cutting edge curricula and pedagogies, we empower our health professional graduates to assume leadership roles to make exemplary, patient-centered team-based care a reality.

As a result, our programs demand much of our students. Graduates will be expected to do whatever it takes to expand their core competencies to ensure that all their patients get the very best care. Our curricula have been designed to provide the necessary challenges and experiences to make this expectation a reality. Our student support systems have been carefully designed to foster professional development and intellectual growth so that our graduates – every one of them – are equipped to master the trials and tribulations that such professional leadership entails.

At CHSU, we believe that EVERYONE can succeed, given sufficient personal effort. Yes, students will be challenged here. But we know that they have what it takes to succeed.

CHSU is a game-changer for the Central Valley. I invite you to join us and embark upon a journey of discovery and personal growth while challenging the status quo. You will enjoy the warmth and collegiality of our diverse and dynamic community from your first day on campus.  Your experiences here will include impactful community service projects, exciting research, and progressive health care practice providing the foundation for an exciting and exceptional career.

Welcome to your California Health Sciences University!

Wendy Duncan, PhD
SVP Academic Affairs and Provost
Dean, College of Pharmacy