Provost's Welcome

Welcome to Bastyr University

We want to take a moment to welcome you to the 2021-2022 academic year. Many of you are about to begin one of the most inspiring times in your life. We look forward to an enriching experience with you on your path to become natural health leaders.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty for all of us; the uncertainty is especially pronounced for students as they head off for their first year at Bastyr University. As you may know, we have been teaching primarily remotely during the past academic year as an unavoidable consequence of the pandemic. Nevertheless, we have been working nonstop to develop a comprehensive plan to repopulate our campus and return to in-person teaching and learning to the extent possible this fall.

At Bastyr University, we know you want to be extraordinary. In order to do that, you need an exceptional education that integrates health, science and nature. While much of today’s health and medical education focuses on one of these elements at the expense of the others, at Bastyr, we believe that students deserve the complete education they need to make a healthier world for all.

We hope that you will find your time at Bastyr challenging as well as rewarding. We hope to send each of you out into the world upon graduation as leaders in your chosen fields. The disciplines in which we train play a significant role in bringing natural health to communities far beyond our San Diego and Seattle neighborhoods. We are a part of the nation’s efforts to see healthier people who live longer lives. What a fulfilling pursuit we all share!

Yours in health,

David L. Rule, PhD
Bastyr University Provost