Missouri State University

College of Health and Human Services

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Congratulations to Dr. Josh Smith for receiving the 2011-2012 Rich and Doris Young Honors College Professorship. This Professorship recognizes and supports innovation and excellence in honors instruction.

Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Hope for receiving a grant award in the amount of $28,259 from the US Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration for the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships project!

Congratulations to Dr. Neil DiSarno for receiving a grant award in the amount of $37,744 from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scholarships, Cohort 3, Year 1!


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Welcome From the Dean

On behalf of the faculty and staff, welcome to the web site of the College of Health and Human Services at Missouri State University. 

The College Of Health and Human Services (CHHS) offers 16 undergraduate and 17 graduate and certificate programs. The academic units in the College include: Biomedical Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work and Sports Medicine and Athletic Training.  The College also houses the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, the Speech, Language, Hearing Clinic, the Physical Therapy Clinic, the Center for Research and Service, and the Center For Multidisciplinary Health Education, Research and Services (CMHERS). 

Complementing the academic course work in nationally accredited programs are clinical experiences, laboratory and research experiences and internship opportunities. Students receive comprehensive training through interdisciplinary course work, coupled with professional mentoring in the work environment.

Undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to work with faculty in well-equipped research laboratories in the College of Health and Human Services.  Specialized facilities include an excellent electron microscopy suite, metabolic measurement equipment, motion analysis and gait analysis systems, a balance master, biomedical laboratories and speech-language and audiology testing equipment.

Modern classroom and laboratories provide opportunities for hands-on learning experiences.  In 1999, new facilities for Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies programs were completed.  The Professional Building, home of five CHHS units, was remodeled in 1997.  Additional academic programs are housed in Hill Hall, Siceluff Hall, McDonald Holland Arena and Kings Street Annex. 

The College and Departments participate in numerous collaborative efforts with outside groups/agencies, including: several regional medical facilities, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Springfield Public Schools, school districts in the southwest region, Group Latino Americano, the American Cancer Society, and various State Parks. 

Faculty in the College of Health and Human Services are committed to providing excellent programs for Missouri State students and are increasingly involved in publishing research in peer reviewed scholarly publications, making research presentations, grant writing and service to the local, state, national and international community.  We are dedicated to preparing leaders in the health and human services professions and disciplines.

Helen Reid, Ph.D.