Department of Women, Children & Family Health Science

Department Overview

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Crystal Patil
  • Associate Professor
  • Interim Department Head

The Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science (WCFHS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON) focuses on family centered health and the well-being of infants, children, adolescents and women throughout their life cycle. Begin your career with us in the BSN program, or further your education in one of our graduate programs offering a MS, DNP, PhD or a post-master's certificate option. Graduates of our programs are recognized for their excellence in nursing practice, research and education. Prepared to be leaders, many hold key positions in national organizations, health care system, faculty roles and research teams, making significant contributions to the advancement of nursing.

The WCFHS aims to advance the science of health care for women, children and families through leadership in research, scholarship, education, clinical practice and service.  This includes the preparation of competent and caring nurses at both entry and advanced practice levels who function in a collaborative environment to provide safe, satisfying, evidence-based health care for women, children and families, and contribute to the profession through leadership in adobelovers clinical practice, service, research, scholarship and education.

Cutting-Edge Research & Scholarship

The WCFHS faculty conduct cutting-edge research in the areas of prematurity, fetal loss, stillbirth, placenta, ultrasound, infertility, genetic decision-making, children's pain, stress, new models of prenatal care and adolescent health. Faculty and student research are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private foundations. 


Academic Programs

WomenÔÇÖs Health Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care Program
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care Program
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner


Upon completion of the master's program, graduates are eligible to apply for specialty certification through national organizations including the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC). 


Faculty of the Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science practice at the following sites:

WCFHS Faculty

WCFHS Regional Faculty

WCFHS Faculty Emerita