Our Mission

The MHPC programs align exceptionally well with the “service region” mission of each of the participating Consortium colleges and the over-all “Land Grant” mission of the University of Missouri, in following ways:

Our Purpose

There are four (4) main goals for the Consortium-based cooperative degree completion programs:
To expand the supply of healthcare professionals who will choose to live and work near their current homes
To establish mutually accepted baseline enrollment, retention, graduation and alumni/employer satisfaction rates

To expand the cooperative relationships between the clinical health employers and professionals, local community colleges, and the University of Missouri in Columbia
To enhance public/private partnerships that contribute to increased accessibility to higher education between the Missouri community colleges and the University of Missouri in Columbia

Meet Lea C. Brandt, OTD, MA, OTR/L

Dr. Lea Cheyney Brandt is the Executive Director of the Missouri Health Professions Consortium. She also serves as adjunct faculty in the MU School of Medicine and Center for Health Ethics.

Dr. Brandt earned a Master of Arts in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago and a Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with an emphasis in Healthcare Ethics and Administration from Creighton University. Her doctoral training was conducted at Radboud University Nijmegen, Medical Ethics Department in the Netherlands and at the VHA National Center for Ethics located in New York City.

National appointments include serving as Chairperson for the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Ethics Commission and most currently as a member of the CGFNS International Occupational Therapy Professional Standards Committee. Dr. Brandt has authored and co-authored multiple publications and continuing education materials on ethics in practice. She also lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of clinical ethics, health professions education, and professionalism in practice.