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Alumni from all of our programs do amazing things. Perhaps you will join them.

Do you want to be able to make good decisions with respect to health, fitness, behavior, and social welfare?  Would you like to get ready for a career that focuses on helping people with these sorts of concerns? If so, the academic programs of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies may be perfect for you!

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We prepare students through student-centered classes, laboratory and field experiences, and close interactions with professors who love teaching and mentoring students. Expert faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, partnerships with local agencies and numerous international study experiences are hallmarks of our high-quality, active learning environment.

Read about students enrolled in our programs in Communication Sciences and DisordersGraduate PsychologyHealth SciencesKinesiologyNursingPsychology, and Social Work.


JMU nursing students participate in a simulation lab.

  • We have 10 communication sciences and disorders-related research labs. Hands-on learning happens everywhere in our health and human services academic areas.
  • Our social work majors complete 472 hours of directed field practice under supervision of a specially selected agency staff member and faculty field instructor.
  • Students in our rigorous athletic training program complete about 900 clinical hours prior to graduation.
  • Thirty-four Health Services Administration students completed internships during summer 2013 in various settings like long-term care organizations, physician practices, hospitals and consulting firms. Forty one percent of these interns assumed full-time positions at their respective internship organizations. The remainder of these interns are in graduate school, employed in other organizations or are seeking employment as of August, 2013.
  • During 2012-13, the Department of Psychology offered 590 independent study experiences and 37 field placements, and 11 students completed honors thesis projects.
  • During 2012-13, our Institute for Innovation in Health and Services provided hands-on learning opportunities to 822 students from 39 degree programs. Collectively they provided 38,595 hours of service to the local community.   

‘I think scholarship influences my teaching. I love sharing and passing on my knowledge to students. I consider teaching to be a relationship-based profession so those relationships are very important to me.’

Nancy Poe, JMU professor of social work, 2015 Social Work Educator of the Year

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