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WLC Announces New College of Health Sciences

March 7, 2019

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Milwaukee, WI - Wisconsin Lutheran College announced that it will unite its undergraduate health sciences programs under a new College of Health Sciences. Dr. Robert O. Balza Jr. (pictured below) will assume the leadership role of Dean of the College of Health Sciences. The new College will launch effective July 1, 2019.

Dr. Rob Balza

“The formation of the College of Health Sciences is a recognition of the tremendous growth and innovation occurring within the health science fields at Wisconsin Lutheran College,” said Balza. “Through this exciting new college, we have created a place where future doctors, nurses, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals can shine brightly graduating thoroughly prepared for postgraduate studies or a meaningful career - as bold Christian leaders.”

According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, employment in healthcare practitioner and technical occupations is projected to grow 9% in the state of Wisconsin from 2016 to 2026, adding about 15,000 new jobs. [Source: Office of Economic Advisors, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, December 2018]

"As the population in Wisconsin continues to age, the projected healthcare worker shortages will extend beyond just nurses and doctors,” Balza said. “A Wisconsin Lutheran College education will provide future healthcare professionals with the classical training in the humanities as well as the experiential, hands-on exposure to science and technology that health care professionals need to both find a job and adapt to an ever-changing profession throughout their career.”

The College of Health Sciences will be the fourth college at WLC, which already includes the College of Professional Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. The new College of Health Sciences will consist of two schools: the School of Behavioral and Exercise Science (Neuroscience, Physical Education, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science, Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Occupational Therapy, and Pre-Physical Therapy) and the School of Nursing and Allied Health (Nursing, Pre-Dental, Pre-Med, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, and Radiologic Technology).

Balza is a 1998 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College. Before joining the faculty at WLC in 2005, he earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Medical College of Wisconsin. His primary academic interest is in the cellular and molecular control of cardiovascular development, as well as the mechanisms of coral growth and death. He has developed numerous dual-degree programs in the health sciences at WLC and is currently establishing new baccalaureate-level allied health programs with local hospitals. 

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About Wisconsin Lutheran College
Wisconsin Lutheran College was established in 1973 and is an independent, nationally ranked Christian college in Milwaukee that serves 1,200 traditional undergraduate, adult, and graduate students through its on-campus and online programming. The college, which prepares students for lives of Christian leadership, is recognized for its academic excellence and superior student experience.