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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 17 undergraduate and 21 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.  Academic programs and departments are housed in McQueary Family Health Sciences Hall (Physical Therapy and Public Health), Professional Building (Biomedical Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nursing, Physician Assistant Studies, and Sports Medicine and Athletic Training), Hill Hall (Psychology and Gerontology), Pummil Hall (Social Work), McDonald Holland Arena (Kinesiology) and Kings Street Annex (Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration). A new health science facility is currently being constructed just south of the Professional Building, with an anticipated completion date of Fall 2015.  This will house three of our graduate programs as well as state-of-the-art classrooms and labs for some undergraduate and graduate students.

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.