DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness

An institute dedicated to the local community through interdisciplinary studies, health & wellness.


Discover the Institute

Situated in the rural mountains of Pennsylvania, the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness at Saint Francis University is a leading facility of its type in the United States.


We merge state-of-the-art equipment with hands-on teaching in our academically rigorous programs. Our equipment and programs are cutting edge; we carefully combine them with a deep sense of compassion and our desire to help heal the local community.



Wellness Inside and Out

We believe in a holistic approach to wellness. The DiSepio Institute is home to several specialized centers, all designed to bring various aspects of wellness to our campus and community. Whether you need rehabilitation or general fitness, the DiSepio Institute is here for you.


  • Offers health promotion and rehabilitation services to the members of the Saint Francis University community as well as to the members of our surrounding communities.
  • Provides clinical education and continuing education to promote recruitment and retention of healthcare providers for rural west-central Pennsylvania.
  • Facilitates research and clinical training in the prevention and management of chronic disease with emphasis on modification of lifestyle.
  • Enhances access to care for the medically under-served in rural west-central Pennsylvania.

A Focus on Health & Wellness

In partnership with UPMC, the DiSepio Institute prioritizes your health

Center for Well-Being

The Center for Well-Being helps students, staff and faculty build skills to effectively deal with life challenges. At the Center, you have access to individual counseling sessions at no cost to you.

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Open to the Public

We offer a variety of services for children from birth to 21 years of age.  Individualized treatment plans are designed based on a child’s specific needs and goals.

Health Services

Open to staff and students

Onsite health and wellness services for both students and employees are provided through UPMC MyHealth Saint Francis. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is the region's largest medical provider.

UPMC Rehabilitation Institute

Open to the Public

The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute is committed to providing individualized and effective care for our patients.

Human Performance Lab

Open to the Public

Our comprehensive assessments and exercise plans can help you reach your fitness or athletic potential, reduce injury risk, or lower your risk for chronic diseases.

Get Active at the Fitness Center

Promoting health and wellness opportunities to create healthy lifestyles

The DiSepio Institute Fitness Center features a 3,500 square-foot gym for individual exercise and a 1,000 square-foot group exercise room. 


The fitness center offers:
  • State of the art equipment
  • Group exercise classes
  • Affordable memberships
  • Silver Sneakers access

Center for Rural Cancer Survivorship

We are here to support you in the most challenging of times

string of cancer ribbons various colors

A comprehensive interdisciplinary center was developed to provide outpatient services to all cancer patients and survivors in need. Whether newly diagnosed or long finished with treatment, our goal is to improve daily function and quality of life for the cancer survivor.

Academic Centers

At the DiSepio Center for Rural Health & Wellness, we are challenging our students to Become that Someone who makes your health their priority

Human Performance Lab

Outfitted with equipment & technology not found at any other location in the region to give our students an advantage while studying at Saint Francis University. 


Experiential Learning Commons

This new structure provides state-of-the-art classroom, laboratory and clinical education space to instruct students enrolled in the Health Sciences programs.


The Health Sciences Experiential Learning Commons is a 10,000 square foot addition that is connected to the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness.

Conference Center

The Ernest J. Scharpf Family Conference Center is on the second floor of the DiSepio Institute and enables individuals to communicate with the world through voice, video, and data technologies