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School of Health and Human Services

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The School of Health and Human Services (1994) was developed in 1988 as the College of Health and Human Services. It was created in response to both the nation's concern for healthy persons and to students interested in health and human services careers. Within the school, health is viewed broadly and considers persons as physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual beings in the context of their environment. Members of the school believe that creating a healthy life requires incorporating health and physical activity as components of a liberal curriculum of education, and that throughout life, all individuals must have access to basic health care and human services. These beliefs are reflected in the school's educational programs, research efforts and service activities.

In January 1994, the College of Health and Human Services became the School of Health and Human Services by merging with the College of Integrated Science and Technology.

Both entities share common goals: a commitment to an interdisciplinary curriculum, an emphasis on innovation, a belief in the value of technology, and professional preparation of students.

The merger strengthens both areas and positions the university to address some of the major concerns of American society, among which are health-related issues.

The School of Health and Human Services includes the departments of communication sciences and disorders, health sciences, nursing, and social work. The Department of Kinesiology is now affiliated with the College of Education and Psychology.

The mission of the School of Health and Human Services is to provide excellence in instruction, scholarship and research. Further, this mission includes provision of and leadership in the health and human services professions for the enhancement of the health care delivery and human services systems. Building on the university's liberal studies program, educational opportunities, including experiential learning, are provided to maximize student potential and prepare students for professional practice. The school promotes the involvement of faculty and students in university, professional and public service, and research activities for the betterment of individuals, groups and society. The school encourages and supports creative and non-traditional opportunities for faculty, students and alumni to address current and future societal issues and needs.

Degrees and Requirements

The School of Health and Human Services offers curricula leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders, health sciences, nursing, and social work.

Graduate programs are also available in the communication sciences and disorders, and health sciences departments. All graduate programs are described in detail in the Graduate Catalog.

The school, in cooperation with the College of Education and Psychology, offers teaching licensure programs. Students who are pursuing teaching licensure must meet the criteria for admission to teacher education established by the College of Education and Psychology. Nursing and athletic training also have unique entrance requirements which are in addition to those required for admission to JMU.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Family Issues

For information concerning the interdisciplinary minor in family issues, refer to the Department of Social Work, pages 158-159.

Gerontology

For information concerning the interdisciplinary minor in gerontology, refer to the Department of Social Work, page 159.

Human Services

For information concerning the interdisciplinary minor in human services, refer to the Department of Social Work, page 159.

Gerontology Center

Dr. Cecil D. Bradfield, Coordinator

The Gerontology Center is an interdisciplinary center bringing together persons on the JMU campus who are interested in and have expertise in gerontology.

The mission of the center is to provide a connection between gerontology professionals who provide direct services for older adults and the JMU faculty. The center offers continuing education opportunities and is involved with gerontological research. Students taking gerontology courses and those enrolled in the minor program will learn about community programs and services for older adults.

Center for HIV Programs

Dr. Vida S. Huber, Coordinator

The School of Health and Human Services Center for HIV Programs provides an interdisciplinary approach for preparing health and human services students for their professional practice as it relates to the HIV epidemic. The center coordinates existing programs relative to HIV/AIDS, serves as a resource for schools, departments and programs within the university who desire specific career-based preparation for their students relative to HIV/AIDS, and takes a leadership role in collaboration with community agencies to provide programs that address this major societal problem. Contact either the Department of Nursing or Department of Health Sciences for additional information.


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Last reviewed: Sept. 10, 1994
Information Publisher: Academic Services