The Faculty of Health and Community Studies prepares professionals for careers in the fields of health, wellness and community services. We are proud of our dedicated group of educators, professionals and researchers who share their expertise and provide students with innovative, hands-on experiences.

The Dean’s office provides academic leadership and support to faculty, staff, students and alumni across the Faculty and within the community, serving departments and programs as they strive for academic excellence.


Dr. David Danto

Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies


Dr. Danto's academic career has provided him with experience across a variety of community and health contexts including hospitals, federal corrections and community-based services including services within Indigenous communities in the far north.

Dr. Danto takes an applied, community and health-related approach in his work, bringing with him invaluable experience in areas such as curriculum development (including microcredentials, study-abroad opportunities and experiential learning), expanding student funding opportunities and developing partnerships with international universities.

Sharon Hobden

Sharon Hobden, M.Ed. (Alberta) Adult Education

Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies


Sharon Hobden brings a depth of experience and expertise to the Faculty from her extensive instructional and administrative appointments held over 30 years at MacEwan University. Sharon’s background includes curriculum development, implementation, and delivery, as well as administrative proficiency having worked in positions such as Coordinator, Chair, and Associate Dean. She brings a wealth of knowledge having served in a variety of roles on many institutional, Faculty, and program committees. Through her time at MacEwan, she has received two Awards of Excellence for her outstanding contributions to the university.

Sharon’s area of interest is competency development, assessment, and training. She has been involved in numerous provincial initiatives in the rehabilitation and enforcement sectors developing frameworks for identifying needs, structuring educational programs, and developing learning initiatives in the workplace. Sharon believes strongly in the transformative power of education. Sharon holds a BA (Criminology) and an M.Ed. from the University of Alberta.

As Associate Dean, Sharon has a broad range of administrative responsibilities and provides leadership to over 17 programs within the Faculty of Health and Community Studies. She works with the various departments to support program and curriculum development, advance Faculty-wide academic initiatives, and support collaborative work with our professional partners.

Dr. Samuel Mugo

Interim Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies


Dr. Samuel Mugo holds a PhD (Analytical Chemistry) and postdoctoral training from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Queen’s University, respectively. Mugo is currently a professor in the Department of Physical Sciences, where he served as the Interim Chair before his current appointment as Interim Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies.

Since joining MacEwan in 2008, Dr. Mugo has developed a broad experience in student-focused curriculum development anchored on experiential and community engaged learning that is primed for enhancing students’ success. In recognition of his sustained impact in educational leadership and as a teacher, Mugo is a past recipient of MacEwan Distinguished Teaching Award (2020). He was also awarded the 2014 DOW Canada Western Canada Technical Excellence Conference Award (WesTEC) for leadership and commitment to effective student training on innovation. Mugo served as a MacEwan Research and Development Officer (RDO) in 2017-2018 and was one of the inaugural MacEwan Board of Governors Research Chairs 2018-2020.

Dr. Mugo’s tri-council funded collaborative interdisciplinary research program—on point-of-need (PON) chemical sensors for agri-food, mental health and wellness monitoring diagnostics—strongly engages many MacEwan undergraduate students as knowledge co-creators. Mugo strongly believes research impacts are most enhanced if they intentionally ‘inform’ pedagogy and are translated to solving societal issues. To this end, he is passionate on bridging the gaps in knowledge translation and engages industries and communities, locally, nationally, and internationally.