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Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Different concepts from different perspectives can lead to a powerful understanding of the world around us.

What happens when faculty members from seven different graduate programs share resources and best practices, provide their unique viewpoints, and collaborate on program curriculums? Graduate students earn more than a degree or certification. Using the Ignatian values as a guide, the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies strives to develop each student as a whole person, knowing that who they become is just as important as the degree or certification they earn.

Our faculty within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies come from backgrounds in business, health, education, law, and the arts and sciences. Together, their experiences and expertise provide graduate students with a robust interdisciplinary education. You’ll also learn alongside other students with backgrounds from various career fields and walks of life.

Our Mission

In living the mission of Creighton University, a Catholic and Jesuit comprehensive university committed to excellence, the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers graduate and undergraduate programs grounded in Ignatian principles and provides students a robust, transformative, and interdisciplinary educational experience. This approach develops students who use their knowledge to address the most demanding issues in today’s diverse communities and fields of professional practice. 

The following programs currently make up the Creighton University Graduate School Department of Interdisciplinary Studies:

Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership
Cultivate your skills to become a better administrator, director, manager, or other top-ranking leader.

Master of Organizational Leadership
Make managing and developing businesses your strength. Offered with concentrations available in business leadership, healthcare leadership, and organizational leadership.

Master of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Gain the skillset you need to manage and resolve conflict in a variety of fields as well as your everyday life.

Master of Bioethics
Learn how to navigate ethical issues in health care from moral, legal, and social standpoints.

Master of Public Health
Discover the skills and strategies needed to begin or move up in a career caring for those without access to proper health care.

Master of Integrative Health and Wellness
See how you can improve the well-being of others and set them up on a lifelong journey of making good choices regarding their health.


Monica Chapeau
Administrative Assistant

Shannon Cox
Academic Coach

Lydia Holtz
Program Coordinator

Jodi Kava
Senior Program Administrator

Amy Kitt
Financial Analyst

Terri Mahaffey
Program Coordinator

Sarah Meisinger
Academic Coach




2040 Initiative

U.S. Census Bureau figures from 2012 showed that for the first time minorities made up a majority of babies born in the United States. By the year 2040, demographers predict the U.S will be “majority minority,” with racial and ethnic minorities making up the majority of the U.S. population.

We are also in the midst of other sweeping trends including the aging of the Baby Boom generation, continuing urbanization, growing economic inequality, and residential self-sorting of citizens by political and other affiliation.

At Creighton University, we developed The 2040 Initiative to provide a forum for addressing the challenging issues that arise when these demographic trends intersect with law and politics.

The History

The Census Bureau predicts that by the year 2040 non-Hispanic whites will become a minority in the United States as a whole. This racial and ethnic shift is only one of several major demographic transformations anticipated over the next generation, among them the aging of the Baby Boom generation, continuing urbanization, growing economic inequality, and residential self-sorting of citizens by political and other affiliation.

These shifts, operating both separately and together, will have substantial repercussions.  We as a nation will be called upon to

  • Create bridges to move past political polarization to address challenges including immigration, criminal justice, housing, energy, and the environment
  • Articulate a collective identity going forward that embraces those with a broad range of characteristics and worldviews
  • Provide health care as the population ages
  • Address geographical concentrations and divisions of racial, ethnic, political, and other groups
  • Bring the nation’s children into productive adulthood through education and connection to entrepreneurial and other economic opportunity
  • Renew essential physical and institutional infrastructure
  • Confront economic inequality and other phenomena that are contributing to social division and frayed social trust

The Mission

Creighton’s 2040 Initiative develops connections among demographics, politics, law, and other disciplines and areas of practice. We provide space for discussion of the implications of identified trends. We offer context and perspective for those who are grappling with these issues in practice. 

To accomplish its mission, Creighton’s 2040 Initiative:

  • Maintains this website and accompanying blog with featured contributors and links to 2040-related sites, news items, and articles
  • Conducts an interdisciplinary seminar for Creighton undergraduate and graduate students
  • Hosts speakers on 2040-related trends and other community events
  • Convenes public officials to discuss 2040-related issues and how to address them
  • Organizes academic presentations and conferences to develop awareness and deepen understanding of the identified demographic shifts and their implications

To contribute to Creighton’s 2040 Initiative blog or for more information, please contact the Director, Professor Palma Strand.