The United States spends approximately 17 percent of its gross domestic product on health care, and spending continues to grow at an unstainable pace. A significant focus has been on disease management rather than prevention. How health care, public health, and human services are delivered has changed at a rapid pace in the last 10 years. These disciplines no longer work in isolation. Instead, they form multidisciplinary teams to address pressing health and wellness concerns in individuals and communities.
At the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University—the health college at Mason—we are leading this effort to effectively educate our students to understand complex societal problems and to critically approach solutions through a broad understanding of health.
I am honored to be the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services during a time of unprecedented growth in enrollment, research funding, and gifts. We recognize that our college is a critical part of the fabric of our community in Northern Virginia and the greater National Capital Region.
We play a vital role in ensuring the health of the community, region, and state, not only for ensuring a critical pipeline of skilled graduates that fill critical workforce needs, but also with our clinics and partnerships with various health agencies and nonprofits. In fact, we provide more than $90,000 in services a month to many of our most vulnerable community members to improve their health outcomes.
We integrate nationally ranked educational programs, award-winning research, and community partnerships to provide an innovative learning experience for our students. Through education in and out of the classroom, research, scholarship, and practicum and field placements, we prepare our students to improve the nation’s and world’s health and wellness.
In fall 2017, the college will be moving into our state-of-the-art building, The Peterson Family Health and Human Services Hall. It is here where we will move beyond the brick and mortar to create programs that will transform lives. We will provide our students world-class educational opportunities; our faculty will engage in cutting-edge multidisciplinary research; and we will support our greater community to be among the healthiest in the nation.
We continue to grow in our community support to advance our mission and our research. There are a multitude of leaders, including the Peterson family and our alumni, who recognize the importance of our work and are encouraging others to join them in donating to the college to ensure that we have the resources to attract the brightest faculty and students. This support ensures that Mason conducts research, writes policy, provides clinical and social services, and fosters the next generation of health leaders to improve the health and wellness of our nation and world.
As you learn more about the College of Health and Human Services through our website, meetings, and other communications, we look forward to discussing how we can help you start your career, advance your career, or partner with you to serve our community by working toward common goals.
Thomas Prohaska, PhD
Dean, College of Health and Human Services