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College of Health and Human Services
Fall 2010 Overview
Unit Description

The College of Health and Human Services prepares both undergraduate and graduate students to provide care and services and fill administrative and leadership roles in a variety of health care and social service organizations. The College is comprised of a School of Nursing, five academic departments—Social Work, Health Administration and Policy, Global and Community Health, Rehabilitation Science, and Nutrition and Food Studies—and three research centers—the Center for Health Care Policy and Ethics, the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, and the Machine Learning and Inference Laboratory. These centers perform cutting-edge health services research and serve as a vital source of health policy information and advocacy on national health and social care issues.

College faculty have been recognized by the university and the State Council of Higher Education for excellence in teaching. The College has developed strong partnerships with regional, national, and international agencies in several important areas:

  1. College faculty serve as both research, educational, and clinical resources for local and state agencies and non-profit organizations;
  2. Undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students provide services to clients through their professional practice throughout Northern Virginia and many other regional, national, and international sites;
  3. International students study in CHHS to gain professional knowledge and skills to enhance health care and social policy in their own countries.

These partnerships broaden and strengthen the college’s academic programs and provide leadership in addressing critical health and social needs. In addition to offering coursework on both the Fairfax and Prince Williams campuses, the college has a strong Academic Outreach Program to deliver advanced health education to working professionals at or near their work sites, and has recently expanded its distance education offerings to make health professional training more accessible to all students.

The philosophy of the College of Health and Human Services includes explicit statements regarding the value of sound general education that enables students to develop analytical and creative thinking and make well-founded ethical decisions. Graduates are expected to practice in a variety of roles in complex, multi-cultural, and international settings. The college encourages diversity in its student body and provides interdisciplinary and innovative professional education that is well grounded in philosophy, science, social science, and technology.

Headcount Total Fall 2010 2,219
Undergraduate 1,261
Graduate 958
Average Age 29
% Female 87
% Minorities 41
% Non-Res Alien 3
% Full-time 59
% Out-of-state 12
Faculty (by Tenure Status)
Tenure/Tenure-Track 50
Restricted 32
Total 82
Faculty (by Type)
Instructional 71
Research 11
Total 82
Admin/Support Staff 31
Part-time Faculty 113
Graduate Assistant 38
Total 182
Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 11
Admin/Support Staff 7
Part-time Faculty 24
Graduate Assistant 9
Total 51
% Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 13.4
Admin/Support Staff 22.6
Part-time Faculty 21.2
Graduate Assistant 23.7
Total % of Minority Faculty/Staff 19.3
Global and Community Health
Health Administration & Policy
Social Work
Undergraduate Degrees
Community Health
Health Administration
Social Work
Graduate Degrees
MPH Public Health
MS Epidemiology and Biostatistics
MS Global Health
MS Health Science
MS Health Systems Management
MS Health and Medical Policy
MS Senior Housing Administration
MSN Nursing
MSW Social Work
DNP Nursing
PHD Nursing
  1. U.S. News and World Report recognized the College of Health & Human Services and the Master of Public Administration program within the top 50 of master¿s programs.
  1. Fall faculty and student data were based on the University's fall official census snapshots, usually taken in the mid of Oct.
  2. Faculty and students from minorty ethnic background include African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans.