Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry Western University of Health Sciences
College of Optometry

About the College of Optometry

Message from the Dean

A Vision for the College

Dr. Elizabeth HoppeWestern University of Health Sciences has a distinguished history, and has set out to be known as a distinctive institution, as expressed by its Institutional Mission Statement:

To educate, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals and produce biomedical knowledge that will enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities.

The nation’s newest College of Optometry will build upon this rock-solid foundation by establishing its own clear identity, delineating a central focus for its educational, clinical, and research programs, and by creating a distinguished reputation.

The vision for the College of Optometry encompasses four primary perspectives, and serves four distinct stakeholders: the public, the profession, the students, and the faculty. The underlying philosophy of the College’s vision emphasizes one central theme: building bridges.

 

The Public Perspective

The College will

The College will build a bridge to span the gap between the latest advances in state of the art optometric care and underserved populations.

 

The Profession Perspective

The College will

The College will build a bridge to unite professional interests and to form a road to reach out to health policy decision makers.

 

The Student Perspective

The College will

The College will serve as a bridge to provide a pathway for students to realize their dreams and commitments to clinical excellence, service to society, and the humanistic and ethical practice of optometry.

CO Alumni Reception 2013

Dr. Hoppe with three graduates from the College of Optometry’s inaugural Class of 2013 at our first Annual Alumni Reception in San Diego, CA.  (Three graduates: Dr. Kambiz Silani, Dr. Sahil Dosaj and Dr. Harout Khanjian)

The Faculty Perspective

The College will

The College will support its faculty to serve as bridges between the body of advanced professional knowledge and patients, students, policy-makers, and the public.

 

Regards,

Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH
Founding Dean