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Diversity & Inclusion


The Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is a dynamic academic community where staff, students and faculty come together to advance the mission of preparing nurse scientists, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators and nurse leaders who will improve the health and well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond.


Our community of scholars, educators and learners strive to promote human dignity in all our endeavors. We acknowledge that to truly promote human dignity, we must recognize all dimensions of diversity and appreciate openness to differences in attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors. We strive to interact with difference around and among us with respect, kindness and trust. We believe in compassion and integrity. We hope that all our relationships are strengthened through our desires and actions to fully recognize, understand and make use of the contributions of others. We value excellence and strive to build our community so that all individuals and groups can reach their highest potential.


A Message from the Dean


As the Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at UMass Medical School I am honored to join a distinguished faculty whose vision of creating a community of health, discovery and human dignity speaks to its devotion to improving the health and well-being of people through research and scholarship, while preserving the dignity of those that they care for.


The mission of the GSN is to prepare nurse scientists, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators and nurse leaders who together will improve the health care of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond.


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    Dominican Republic Batey Health Initiative continues addressing health care needs of Haitian migrant communities

    The UMass Medical School Dominican Republic Batey Health Initiative has been working remotely this year to address social determinants of health in the Dominican Republic.

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  • Education News

    U.S. News & World Report ranks UMass Medical School 10th in the nation in primary care education

    UMass Medical School ranks 10th nationwide in primary care by U.S. News & World Report in its annual rankings of the best graduate schools. The 2022 report also marks a rise for UMMS in research, this year ranking 45th, up two spots from the previous ranking.

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  • Education News, Media

    Mother of two and former educator leads quality improvement project while pursuing Doctor of Nursing Practice degree

    Amanda Hazeltine, RN, a GEP to DNP student in the Graduate School of Nursing, worked in health care communications and education for 13 years prior to becoming a nurse.

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      Student Spotlight


      I wanted to study nursing as I’ve been grateful to work with some amazing nurses who care for patients and their families with compassion, dedication, and tremendous heart. That compassionate heart of nursing can impact patients in such a powerful way. I wanted to help contribute to that impact and I’m grateful as UMass Graduate School of Nursing gave me the opportunity to begin my own path in nursing.


      Brittany Carney

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      Student Spotlight


      Word of mouth initially drew me to UMMS, because of the focus on the needs of vulnerable populations locally and globally. The Graduate School of Nursing PhD program gives me tools to pursue research I’m passionate about - even if that changes now that I’m enrolled.


      Laura Curtis


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