NEWS | July 29, 2010

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Announces Inaugural Classes


The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis selected 33 students to make up the inaugural Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate classes. The first cohort is comprised of eight Doctor of Philosophy students and 25 Master of Science students. The doctoral program is the first doctoral nursing program in the inland Northern California and Central Valley regions.

“There is only one first class at a school,” said Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and founding Dean Heather M. Young. “This school is about innovation, interprofessionalism and leadership. It is essential our inaugural classes reflect the vision and mission of the School of Nursing. We are very pleased to have this exceptional, diverse group as the first graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.”
Young said school leaders are happy with the response to the first call for applications which yielded a large and competitive pool that included out-of-state and international applicants.

The highly qualified inaugural graduate cohort reflects diverse expertise, multiple settings and various populations. The doctoral program includes nurses, as well as other health-care professionals, such as public health and informatics specialists. The incoming students work for organizations throughout the area, including UC Davis Health System as well as a variety of large, regional health systems and small, community-based organizations.

The master’s degree students also reflect a range of backgrounds and health settings including nutrition and public health. Like the doctoral class, the new class includes nurses from a variety of health-care systems both large and small.

The depth of experience and backgrounds is just one strong characteristic of the inaugural cohort, Young said.

“This is a group of risk-takers,” she said. “These students see problems and think of solutions. This group shares our vision to transform health care through nursing education, research and leadership.”

Young attributes the high caliber of the incoming classes to the strength and support of UC Davis, the high quality of the founding faculty and the entire Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group faculty as well as the generous financial support offered to each student admitted to the inaugural classes.

The financial support was made possible by the $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation that helped launch the new school.

The Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group prepares nurse leaders, researchers and faculty in a unique interdisciplinary and interprofessional environment. As with other graduate groups at UC Davis, this program engages faculty from across the campus with expertise in nursing, medicine, health informatics, nutrition, biostatistics, public health and other fields. Currently, the graduate group includes 26 faculty from across campus.

The inaugural classes will begin the journey at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing with a week-long leadership immersion experience in September. Classes begin Sept. 24. Applications for the fall 2011 graduate classes open in mid-October. Like the inaugural classes, every student selected for admission for fall 2011 will receive generous financial support. For more information, visit the school’s website at

About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
For 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matters to California and to transform the world. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was established in March 2009, UC Davis' first major initiative to address society’s most pressing health-care problems in its second century of service. The school was launched through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the nation’s largest grant for nursing education. The vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to transform health care through nursing education and research. Through nursing leadership, the school will discover knowledge to advance health, improve quality of care and health outcomes, and inform health policy. The school will accept the inaugural Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy classes in fall 2010. Additional students and programs will be phased in over the next decade. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of the UC Davis Health System, an integrated, academic health system encompassing UC Davis School of Medicine, the 613-bed-acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center and the 800-member physician group known as the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit