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Community & Global Health Engaged Programs

Community and Global Health Engaged Programs


The Student and Community Engagement (SACE) Program at University of Utah College of Nursing provides unique and valuable opportunities for students and faculty to partner with our university, local, national and global communities to create signature learning experiences. The purpose of the SACE program is to enhance environments for learning in ways that foster the development of life-long learning and community engagement. In addition, SACE programs encourage students to fully embrace their future roles as health professionals empowered to improve the health of individuals and communities through scholarship, inquiry, community engagement.

MUSE provides opportunities for mentored learning across campus and educational experiences that help students develop their unique potential for intellectual and imaginative work and to develop personal educational relationships with professors, community leaders, and distinguished national guests.


Sara Hart, PhD, RN
Director of Student and Community Engagement

Global Health

The College of Nursing values student participation in global activities in all programs of study. Graduate students with a strong interest in global health are encouraged to explore the Global Health Program. Opportunities for global engagement through the College of Nursing vary and students are encouraged to search the website to find faculty and resources to meet their needs and interests. Faculty are available to mentor students in pursuing global health projects within their program of study and are committed to guiding students to effective, safe and successful outcomes. Both local and global learning experiences are often interdisciplinary and enriched by collaborations within the School of Medicine, Public Health and Learning Abroad. 


Debra Penney, CNM, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor

Deanna Kepka, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor