College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers preparation for the undergraduate degrees of bachelor of arts and bachelor of science. CAS also offers master of science degrees in biological science and marine science. CAS programs of study are on the Biddeford Campus.
College of Arts and Sciences Mission
The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New England is a coeducational college committed to academic excellence. We seek to help students find and fulfill their own unique potential. Through study and research in the arts and sciences, the faculty of the college challenge students to set and reach for higher intellectual and professional goals and to develop powers of critical assessment, analysis, expression, aesthetic sensibility, and independent thought. The faculty and administration of the College also endeavor to help students participate in shaping the culturally diverse and interdependent world in which they live. Curricular offerings give students the tools to face life challenges by enhancing their awareness of environmental, social, and global issues, and by fostering values that sustain healthy communities. Students are urged to pursue these objectives not only in their course work, but also through attendance at cultural events, participation in campus organizations and activities, and services to others.
Departments and Areas of Study
- Department of Biology
- Department of Business
- Department of Arts
- Department of Chemistry and Physics
- Department of Education
- Department of English
- Department of Environmental Studies
- Department of History and Philosophy
- Department of Marine Sciences
- Department of Mathematical Sciences
- Department of Political Science
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Society, Culture and Languages
- Global Studies Program
- Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities Program
- Latin American Studies Program
- Women's and Gender Studies Program
Westbrook College of Health Professions
The Westbrook College of Health Professions (WCHP) offers baccalaureate degrees in Applied Exercise Science, Dental Hygiene, Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies, Nursing, Nutrition, Public Health, and Social Work; master's degrees in Athletic Training, Nurse Anesthesia, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, and Social Work; and a doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Undergraduate education in WCHP occurs on the residential Biddeford campus. The exception are the majors of dental hygiene and nursing, where students spend the first two years on the Biddeford campus followed by the junior and senior years in Portland. The athletic training program is fully delivered on the Biddeford campus. All remaining graduate programs of study are located on the Portland campus.
Mission Statement: Westbrook College of Health Professions
The College of Health Professions improves the health of communities by graduating students who are passionate and well-equipped to lead, excel, and act as agents of change in a complex health care system by developing and disseminating new knowledge, and through the delivery of the highest quality relationship-centered clinical and community care.
Departments and Areas of Study
- Department of Exercise and Sport Performance
- Department of Dental Hygiene
- Department of Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies
- Department of Nursing
- Department of Nutrition
- School of Nurse Anesthesia
- Department of Occupational Therapy
- Department of Physician Assistant
- Department of Physical Therapy
- Department of Public Health
- School of Social Work
College of Pharmacy
The College of Pharmacy is located on the Portland Campus and grants the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.). The College enrolled the first class in the Fall of 2009 and granted the first doctoral degrees in the Spring of 2013. It received full accreditation in the Spring of 2013. The College of Pharmacy strives to be a nationally recognized program in pharmacy education and pharmaceutical research.
College of Pharmacy Mission
To provide an exemplary, learner centered pharmacy education and advance the practice of pharmacy through interprofessional collaboration, research, patient care and service.
Departments and Areas of Study
- Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Department of Pharmacy Practice
College of Osteopathic Medicine
The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) grants the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (D.O.) and holds the distinction of being Maine's only medical school.
Guided by the tenets of Osteopathic Medicine, we prepare students to become skilled, caring and successful osteopathic physicians. Our integrated curriculum provides varied learning experiences to help students develop the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to become competent physicians. Along with our affiliated clinical training sites, UNE COM prepares students who consistently score at the top in national licensing exams. UNE COM has been recognized in the top ten of all US medical schools for graduates obtaining the residency of their choice. While two-thirds of graduates practice in primary care, the remainder choose careers in specialty and subspecialty medicine. Our graduates are leaders in health care at the local, state and national levels throughout the US, and in all branches of military service. Over 70% of UNE COM graduates practice in underserved areas, caring for our most vulnerable populations.
At UNE COM, we recognize and support the role of research in all educational, clinical and biomedical science activities and provide fellowship opportunities to encourage student participation in research. Both undergraduate and graduate/medical students work with faculty, staff and peers to conduct exciting and innovative work in a number of areas, including cancer and metabolic disease, immunology and infectious disease, anatomy and interventional pain management, medical education, and through our internationally renowned neuroscience and pain research.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine has taken a leading role in facilitating our students’ involvement with InterProfessional Education (IPE) and Practice. We are proud to share educational experiences with programs in dental medicine, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, occupational and physical therapy, and social work. COM shares many collaborative enterprises with our health profession colleagues including rural emersion experiences, scholars programs, research opportunities, and shared clinical training assignments.
The UNE COM Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) maintains dual accreditation with the American Osteopathic Association and the Maine Medical Association; authorizing UNE COM's sponsorship of collaborative CME activities for osteopathic (D.O.) and allopathic (M.D.) physicians. UNE COM is one of a handful of providers in the country that holds this distinction.
College of Osteopathic Medicine Mission
The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine fosters health care leaders across the continuum in undergraduate, predoctoral, graduate, and continuing medical education. UNE COM advances exceptional osteopathic health care locally and globally through practice, research, scholarship, education and community health.
DEPARTMENTS AND AREAS OF STUDY
- Department of Primary Care Medicine
- Division of Family Medicine
- Division of Aging
- Mature Care Clinical Services
- Department of Specialty Care Medicine
- Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
- Department of Biomedical Sciences
College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Vision, Mission, and Values
Vision: To advance the fields we serve: by functioning as a nexus for relationships between scholars and professionals, and by educating clients to lead in that evolving convergence.
Mission: CGPS educates and supports future leaders in industry and service via programs designed to catalyze meaningful career development.
- Growth: To grow in community, infrastructure and scope, in order to give more options while making all options stronger.
- Relationships: To cultivate the agency necessary to grapple with and execute on opportunities.
- Agility; To cultivate the agency necessary to grapple with and execute on opportunities.
- Sustainability: To consider ourselves an ecosystem built first upon the healthy balance of all our values, and second upon the exploratory process necessary to our evolution.
Academic Core Values
Critical and Innovative Thinking
Graduates of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) programs are capable of critical analysis of the scholarship in their discipline. Graduates are able to synthesize and interpret theory and apply it to their field of practice; evaluating what is most appropriate for their professional setting is a habit of mind leading to deeper learning.
Oral and/or Written Communication
Graduates of CGPS programs are able to effectively and accurately communicate with industry stakeholders, professional colleagues, and academic peers. Graduates communicate with coherence and organization. Graduates’ work exhibits proper mechanics and grammar, along with accurate style and citation relevant to their discipline. Graduates are able to offer both oral and written products to meet the needs of the intended audience
Ethical Reasoning and Practice
Graduates of CGPS programs have a sound understanding of ethics in their area of expertise. Graduates have an understanding of the pertinent regulations that protect the communities or industries that they serve. Graduates are able to enter into their field of practice with the ability to make ethical decisions and to engage in culturally sensitive behavior to enhance the greater good.
Application of Scholarship and Research
Graduates of CGPS programs are critical consumers of research and evidence. Graduates are adept at analyzing and translating the findings of primary sources, including literature, data, and research. Graduates are able to synthesize current literature and propose novel research in their field of study. Graduates understand the importance of evidence-based decision-making and utilize data to support their professional practice.
*Field-based learning, practicum, capstone, and ePortfolio demonstrate mastery of all core academic values*
Departments and Areas of Study
- Pre-Health Sciences (online post baccalaureate courses)
- Public Health (online certificate and master's degree)
- Education (online certificates, master's, and doctoral degrees)
- Health Informatics (online competency-based bachelor's degree completion, certificate, and master's degree)
- Applied Nutrition (online master's degree)
- Social Work (online master's degree)
College of Dental Medicine
The College of Dental Medicine is located on the Portland Campus and grants the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.
The educational experience at the College includes recruitment of compassionate students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership, social responsibility, and professionalism. Students are treated as professional colleagues and supported in a learner-centered environment grounded in trust, collegiality, and high ethical standards. They benefit from a comprehensive education in the basic and behavioral sciences, and they understand and appreciate the many connections between oral health and overall health. What’s more, students enjoy extensive practical experience, from providing care to a simulated patient in their first year; to providing direct patient care in patient-centered general practice teams in our Oral Health Center during their second and third years; to extending their clinical experience into community-based clinics during their fourth year. The College of Dental Medicine shares UNE's global initiatives and philosophy to strengthen our students' competencies in the global economy and prepare them to work successfully in a demographically changing United States by embedding their education and training in a variety of diverse cultural environments. International practice and research opportunities allow our students to find common solutions to diverse access to care issues.
In addition, integrated throughout their four-year curriculum, students gain clinical service experiences that cover the life span of individuals and a variety of uninsured and underserved populations. Such opportunities include prevention programs that focus on the prevention of early childhood caries; working with primary care offices that integrate oral health into their practices; school-based programs; oral assessments with the developmentally disabled; dental services at homeless shelters; and basic screenings and prevention services for the elderly at long-term care facilities. Communication skills that are culturally and age appropriate are stressed early on in the community-based experiences. These activities are specifically aimed to prepare new graduates with the skill sets needed to address access to dental care for out most vulnerable populations.
Learning methods that support the development of critical thinking skills are infused throughout our curriculum. Our students learn how to access and evaluate information, including the very latest scientific research, as well as how to intelligently use that information to provide the finest care to their patients. Classroom and clinical experiences expose students to the latest innovations in dental practice, including the appropriate use of modern technology. The college provides ample opportunities for the dental students to learn and work with students of other health professions at UNE in an interprofessional environment. Through this collaboration, our students grow to appreciate the role that each profession can play in delivering high-quality, comprehensive care to their patients. Students also learn communication and leadership skills, and our curriculum exposes them to the business side of health care practice. In addition, our students become knowledgeable about the many issues related to access to care, health policy, and public health while in the program.
Ultimately, our graduates will be ethical, caring, competent oral health care providers who will continue to learn and develop new skills throughout their professional careers. They will also appreciate the importance of balance in their lives and will serve as leaders in their families, their communities, and beyond.
College of Dental Medicine Mission
The mission of the UNE College of Dental Medicine is to improve the health of Northern New England and to help shape the future of dentistry through excellence in education, discovery and service.