College of Health and Human Services Points of Pride

  • The College of Health and Human Services offers a large variety of quality programs with national reputations and prestigious accreditations. Outstanding support services—such as advising, mentoring, and cocurricular activities—provide an environment that nurtures student success.

    Our students become leaders across campus and in student chapters of national professional organizations and 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:

    • Laura Helmrich-Rhodes (BS ’88, MS ’92), an associate professor in the Department of Safety Sciences, was the recipient of the Indiana County Athena Award for 2017–18. 

    • Abigail Halmark, an alumna from the Academy of Culinary Arts and Nutrition/Culinary Dietetics, was the May 2017 undergraduate morning Commencement speaker.

    • The NCLEX Pass Rate for IUP’s nursing students was at 90.85 percent for this past year (Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2019), which exceeds the national pass rate of 87.11 percent.

    • Emma Weaver, a senior respiratory care major from Apollo, Pennsylvania, was selected as the IUP Respiratory Care program’s “Pennsylvania Society for Respiratory Care Outstanding Student of the Year” recipient. 

    • Seven safety sciences students received over $43,500 in National ASSE Foundation Scholarships in AY2017–18, making the department total over $70,000 of external scholarship money awarded.

    • David Lorenzi, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science, was elected to a three-year term as president of the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE America) Eastern District. 

    • Recognized by College Factual, IUP’s Criminology program was ranked seventh in the nation in the 2020 Best Criminology Schools for Veterans.

    • Criminology’s online master’s program has been ranked in the top 10 for Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Program for three years running.

    • Teresa Shellenbarger, from Nursing and Allied Health Professions, was selected as IUP’s 2017–18 Distinguished University Professor.

    • Our Safety Science department received Graduate Safety Practitioner recognition from the Board of Certified Professionals for their graduate program.

    • Faculty in the Human Development and Family Science program received a four-year grant, anticipated at $657,444, to support the participation of low-income parents in post-secondary education through the provision of childcare services, academic support, and parent education.

    • HHS was awarded $52,000 from IUP administration during spring 2018 to implement activities related to improving retention.

    • The College of Health and Human Service leads both undergraduate and graduate enrollment in 2019–20: 2,795 and 489, respectively.

    • 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:

      • Relay for Life (Punxsutawney and Indiana)
      • Indiana’s Farmer’s Market and Community Garden
      • IUP’s Health Fair and YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day
      • Food and Nutrition raised over $400 for the Food Co-Op of Indiana
      • Chef Kapusta and Demane, along with culinary students, collaborated with the Indiana Gazette for the Indiana’s Cookin’ event and raised donations of food for the local food bank.

    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 US Secret Service, the US Customs Service, Hershey Medical Center, and National Labor Relations Boards across the United States.

    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
    • The 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. Human Development and Family Science 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.