JWU College of Health & Wellness

Amy Wagenfeld Brings Research, Collaboration to OTD Program

Can a student in an occupational therapy program find value in the culinary world? What about in design, marketing, or even equine studies? Associate Professor and Capstone Coordinator Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA, aims to prove that there is tremendous value in collaboration across disciplines with the Johnson & Wales Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. And it’s not on a whim — her entire career has been based on collaboration with unlikely partners to enhance life for those with physical, mental, and social-emotional disabilities.

Topics: Health & Wellness Graduate Programs Academic Collaborations Faculty Occupational Therapy

Building a Legacy: PA Students Earn White Coats

On a brightly-lit stage on a beautifully sunny day in June, 35 white coats hung in wait for the members of the Class of 2020 Physician Assistant Studies program. The symbolic White Coat Ceremony at Johnson & Wales University, held at the mid-way point of the year-round, 24-month program, marks the beginning of students’ clinical training.

Topics: Physician Assistant Studies Health & Wellness Graduate Programs

From Internship to Publication: Cheyenne Thompson Takes It On


Health Science major Cheyenne Thompson is a self-described “total freak for health insurance.” In fact, one of her goals is to read the entire Affordable Care Act before she graduates — which is over a thousand pages, she notes. “I absolutely love health insurance. The way that it affects every single person is something that is super impactful.”

Topics: Johnson & Wales University Internships Health & Wellness Faculty Health Science

Can Twitterbots Improve Public Health? An Interview with Jonathan Noel

Assistant professor Jonathan Noel, PhD, decided to go into the field of public health when he saw how creating the right policies and programs could improve the health of millions of people. He's been involved in evaluation studies on alcohol advertising within social media. And what he's learned might change the way public health campaigns are delivered — and more importantly, improve people's health.

Topics: Health & Wellness Public Health

PA Students Step Into the Kitchen

Sixteen Physician Assistant Studies students stream into a kitchen lab in the College of Culinary Arts on the Harborside Campus. Waiting for them is Todd Seyfarth ’01, RD, CSSD, associate professor and department chair in the College of Health & Wellness, and his culinary student assistant. They're standing near several lab benches set up for the day’s class. On each bench is a container of cauliflower béchamel, a white sauce that will play a key role in the lesson Seyfarth has planned to teach these physician assistants-to-be about culinary medicine.

Topics: Culinary Nutrition Dietetics & Applied Nutrition Physician Assistant Studies Health & Wellness

Culinary Nutrition Alums Share Career Advice

Professionals who understand the link between food and health continue to be in high demand. At a recent forum held on campus, a panel of JWU alumni working as dietitians, sports nutritionists, and research and development chefs gave career advice to students interested in working in the field. 

Topics: Providence Health & Wellness

Industry Snapshot: Explore the Fastest Growing Careers in Healthcare

Considering a career in healthcare? Consider this: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2014 and 2024 healthcare occupations and industries are expected to have the fastest employment growth — almost 20% — and to add the most jobs.

Topics: Careers Health & Wellness

Making Patient-Centered, Holistic Care a Priority

So, you want to improve your health. What should you do? Eat well? Hit the gym several times a week? Maybe go vegan?

Topics: Providence Health & Wellness