The UC Board of Regents has approved establishment of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. The school is named in honor of the historic $100 million philanthropic grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
The new school will develop highly skilled and well-prepared nurses as leaders in health care to ensure patient safety, improve quality of care and health outcomes, guide policy decisions and discover knowledge to advance health.
The school's research and education will emphasize promoting healthy people and healthy systems. Specific focus areas will include populations that are underserved, including ethnic minorities, rural and aging people, and leadership in improving health-care systems.
With the Regents' approval of the school, Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing, also assumes the title of founding dean for the new school.
The school anticipates accepting its first class for the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in the fall of 2010. Additional students and programs will be phased in over the next decade.