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Alumnus Dr. Mark Campbell returns to Provo to talk about how RMU helped shape his health & wellness philosophy

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU) alumnus Mark Campbell, PhD, took center stage at the August 11, Commencement ceremony. This year marked a significant milestone as he addressed the largest assembly of graduates in RMU’s 25-year history, totaling 184 graduates. Among them, 159 were present in person, while an additional 24 attended virtually.

The day was filled with anticipation and celebration with graduates from the College of Health Sciences and the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. 

“RMU’s commitment to improving the human condition resonates with me,” said Campbell. “Similarly, my philosophy is to use holistic wellness to help humans be their best when it matters most.” 


The RMU alumnus has had a successful career, including working as a lead for the US Army’s performance psychology and resilience program and serving as the Director of Mental Conditioning for the 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals Baseball Club. He graduated in 2021 from RMU with a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences in Health Promotion and Wellness, which has helped him launch Nature of Wellness, a company focused on helping individuals and organizations embrace the natural world as a primary source of health and well-being and hosts the Nature of Wellness podcast. 

“I’m not only honored to be speaking at this event but also to be in an incredible natural spot. RMU students are very lucky to study in such a beautiful place,” says Campbell. 

Jamie Widman, a graduate of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program, gave an invocation and a moment of reflection. “Our profession goes beyond medical expertise,” said Widman. “It calls for a deep connection with those we serve. We can create healing environments that extend beyond physical remedies.”

Dr. Campbell had these words of encouragement for the graduates. “One thing I know, without a doubt, is that healthcare needs you,” said Campbell. “You are all currently established as part of a team or will be a member of a new team that should only benefit from having you.”

“What a great day to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional individuals,” says RMU President Martin. “The future is bright for these graduates as they embark on a mission to improve the human condition within their communities.”

In addition to celebrating the graduates, the 2023 RMU Faculty Teaching Awards recipients were recognized. Ellen Hudgins, OTD, OTR/L, and Kimberlee Shibinski, EdD, received the Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award—an acknowledgment of their exceptional dedication to education and mentorship.

RMU awarded 69 doctorate degrees, 109 master’s degrees, and seven certificates. Graduate degrees from the following academic programs were given: 

  • Doctor of Medical Science 
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice 
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences
  • Doctor of Science in Health Sciences 
  • Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training Practice
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Health Science 
  • Master of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology
  • Master of Science in Nursing 
  • Master of Science in School Counseling
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate