Dr. Craig Jackson, Dean, School of Allied Health Professions

Message from our Dean

If you have considered an allied health career or considered returning to advance your current one, this will be a great year to begin your student experience at Loma Linda University. At the School of Allied Health Professions, we are committed to provide you a quality professional education and foster your personal and spiritual development while you are attending Loma Linda University. We encourage all of our students to learn not only in the classroom, but also through mission and service both locally and globally.

Our allied health programs attract students from many diverse and cultural backgrounds from over forty countries around the world, and from all over the United States. Our students are challenged through their healthcare related academics and clinical experiences where they develop their skills and become caring and compassionate healthcare professionals. 

We invite you to explore our academic offerings on our website, tour our campus and meet with an advisor to answer your questions. We also offer an annual, university-wide Open House event every January. During this event, you can explore our campus and meet faculty.

We hope you will consider us at the School of Allied Health Professions to help you achieve your academic goals.

With Regards,

Craig R. Jackson, JD, MSW, FASAHP


More about Dean Jackson

Dr. Jackson has been dean of the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University since 2002. Prior to his appointment as dean, Dr. Jackson was an associate professor and one of three founding faculty of the MSW program in the Graduate School (now the School of Behavioral Health). He worked as a pediatric social worker, program director of the Family Recovery Center – a chemical dependence treatment clinic – and later became director of social work at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Dr. Jackson is a graduate of the School of Social Work at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. 
During his tenure as dean, Dr. Jackson has traveled extensively throughout the world on behalf of Loma Linda University and the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists consulting with various colleges and universities in the development of allied health-related programs. 

Dr. Jackson has been instrumental in establishing new, necessary allied health programs globally, including a one-of-a-kind rehabilitation technician program in post-earthquake Haiti and a respiratory care education program in Saudi Arabia. Currently, he is involved in health and mental health education in the Czech Republic, the Republic of Slovakia and other countries. 

He has overseen the establishment of cutting edge programs at the School of Allied Health Professions, and was involved with the development of San Manuel Gateway College, which opened in 2016 in nearby San Bernardino, California. 

Dr. Jackson is an active member of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, an organization for administrators, educators, and others who were concerned with critical issues affecting allied health education.