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About Health and Human Services

The College of Health and Human Services houses nine departments, each with multiple academic programs. All of the programs in Health and Human Services are applied disciplines. Students study the theory underlying their program and then focus on applying it to their profession. In a learning-centered environment, instructors help students bridge theory and practice with many hands-on activities, interesting resources, and up-to-date instructional methods.

Health and Human Services Organizational Chart AY 2015-16

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The College of Health and Human Services offers a large variety of quality programs with national reputations and prestigious accreditation's. Outstanding support services—such as advising, mentoring, and co-curricular activities—provide an environment that nurtures student success.

Our students become leaders across campus and in student chapters of national professional organizations, have exceptional opportunities for applied learning, such as internships, clinical practice, and practicums outside the classroom. Our faculty members are dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, acknowledged scholars, and leaders on campus and in their professions.

Over the past several years, the accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni have been tremendous. Here are a few points of pride:

  • Last year, three Safety Science students received national awards from the American Society of Safety Engineers.
  • Last year, a graduate student from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice was nominated for the IUP Women’s Leadership Award.
  • During the previous year, two students from the departments of Food and Nutrition and one from Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Sciences received the Undergraduate Women’s Leadership Award, and Katharine Mckinney received the PASSHE Institute Award for Women’s Leadership.
  • Aaron Douthit served as IUP’s student trustee from 2013–15. He graduated from the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions and is now a master’s student in the department.
  • Led by Stephanie Taylor-Davis, six graduate students presented research at the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • The IUP Student Chapter of the Pennsylvania Prison Society (based out of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice) conducted a clothing drive to help provide work-appropriate clothing to help ex-offenders reenter the community, and developed and implemented a reading program designed to build bonds between incarcerated parents and their children—located at the Indiana County jail, doctoral students audio-record parents reading a book, with a personalized message at the end for the child.
  • Dr. Theresa Shellenbarger, professor in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, received the John Woolcock Teacher/Scholar Award for Reflective Practice.
  • Dr. Lon Ferguson, chair of Safety Sciences, continues as president of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
  • Dr. Bitna Kim, professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was elected as a trustee at large for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Dr. Stephanie Taylor-Davis, professor in the Department of Food and Nutrition, was appointed director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.
  • In previous years, several of our faculty received universitywide awards, including Dr. Jennifer Gossett – Outstanding Achievement in Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. Louis Pesci – Outstanding Centers and Institutes Award; Sam Gualardo – Outstanding Achievement in Public Service; and Dr. Dennis Giever – Faculty Recognition Award for Living and Learning.
  • Faculty in our college continue to play important leadership roles in shared governance at the university, including the cochair of the University-Wide Graduate Curriculum Committee, cochair of the University-Wide Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, cochair of the Council of Chairs, cochair of the University Planning Council, and chair of the IRB.
  • Our students, faculty, and staff provide much-needed support to our surrounding communities through volunteering and service-related activities. During this past year, they participated in nearly 200 activities, providing close to 25,000 hours of service. Some of these activities included:
    • Six nursing students traveled to Central America during their spring break for a healthcare mission trip.
    • Students and faculty from FDNT provided nearly 11,000 pounds of food through their 21st Annual Community Nutrition Food Drive.
    • Chef Nutter and culinary students collaborated with Food and Nutrition, Communications Media, and the Indiana Gazette for Indiana Cooking and raised 50 tons of food for the local food bank.
    • Students in Family and Consumer Sciences Education designed and crafted dresses for young girls in Africa through the Little Dresses for Africa project.

Learning continues outside the classroom, and our students have exceptional opportunities for applied learning opportunities that include: 

  • Students are placed in more than 200 clinical practice sites.
  • Among our internship sites are Interpol, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Disney World, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Customs Service, Hershey Medical Center, and labor relations boards across the U.S.

Our graduates are in high demand, with many of our students receiving multiple offers of employment. As an example, 100 percent of our Baking and Pastry Arts students received offers of employment a year prior to graduating. Students who graduate from our college have local, regional, national, and international opportunities. For example, graduates have taken positions at:

  • Chevron, Exxon-Mobile, and Alcoa
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, local and state policing agencies
  • Prestigious universities
  • Major restaurant chains
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Major medical centers
  • Public and private schools
  • The Hyatt, Hilton, and Doubletree hotel chains
  • Nemacolin, the Biltmore, the Boca Raton Resort and Club, Philadelphia Country Club, and other four- and five-star resorts

Specialized facilities and technology also help our students excel. For example, the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions operates a state-of-the-art Simulation Lab with computerized manikins for students to practice patient care. Hospitality Management students operate the Allenwood, a campus restaurant. Child and Family Studies students do internships at a daycare center located on campus. Food and Nutrition, Safety Sciences, Interior Design, Fashion Merchandising, Health and Physical Education, and other programs have specialized labs. 

  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Zink Hall, Room 216
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2555
  • Fax: 724-357-6205
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.