Welcome message from the Dean
As an academic administrator here at the University of Belize, my underpinning philosophy is the love of humanity and engaging students to become change agents and critical thinkers in the healthcare industry. I am Leolin Castillo, a Registered Nurse of 26 years, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner of 21 years, and Nurse Educator for 19 years. Presently, I am completing my doctoral degree in Nursing Science from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas. My area of scholarly activity and interest is that of domestic violence and its impact on the victim and children who witness or were exposed to the adverse event.
The Faculty of Health Sciences has three Departments: Allied Health, Social Work, and Nursing. In ensuring that our programs are relevant, address national needs, and remain on par with our regional counterparts, we have engaged in the Institutional Review Process of all of its programs. Developed through this process were two new programs: the Bachelor of Pharmacy and the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory. Additionally, with the changing demographic profile of our current students, the Social Work department will continue to offer the following programs: Associate Degree, Social Work (ASOW), and Bachelor Degree, Social Work (BSOW), however, for both part-time and full-time students. The Nursing Department has and continues to review and will make curricular changes in its certificate and bachelor programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Certificate in Practical Nursing, Midwifery, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to meet national and regional standards.
As you embark on your journey of higher education, let me welcome you to our faculty. We will offer you a distinctive opportunity to pursue an education that includes significant theoretical and abstract elements, as well as applied aspects through the real-life experiences within the clinical environment. Our programs will allow you to put into practice what you have learned in class through the internship portion of each program. It is our sincere hope that students who complete studies in our faculty will take full advantage of both the classroom and internship experiences. Although we are the smallest faculty within the University of Belize, this faculty is poised with the unique ability to transform the health sector and ultimately the health status of the Belizean population. Good health is the first and greatest of all blessings and the first of all liberties. Thus, the provision of adequate health services to the country’s poorest citizens could save millions of lives each year, reduce poverty, and promote and sustain development. It is, therefore our hope that you will join us as we continue to contribute to the development of our human resources in health. Once again, welcome to the University of Belize and welcome to the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Mrs. Leolin Castillo
Faculty of Nursing, Allied Health and Social Work
The Faculty of Nursing, Allied Health and Social Work is committed to the development of competent and caring practitioners respectful of human rights and dignity, embracing a multi-disciplinary educational system that emphasizes leadership, professional standards, knowledge creation, dissemination and excellence.
The Faculty of Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Work will educate practitioners in all areas of specialty at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels to meet the health care and social needs of the nation; incorporating socio-cultural factors, scientific and technologic advances, developmental strategies, knowledge creation and dissemination; producing culturally sensitive citizens committed to national development and social change.