Welcome from the Dean

Making health visible has never been more important as our global community demands innovative solutions to increasingly complex challenges. This is our goal at the College of Health and Human Services and we welcome you - whether you are a partner, collaborator, current or future student, proud alumni, practitioner, researcher, or academician – to join us in this ambitious mission. I am often asked what makes Mason special – and I am proud to share below the many ways we advance health for all and serve our community.

The College is home to over 3,200 students enrolled in one of our six academic disciplines - Global and Community Health, Health Administration and Policy, Nursing, Nutrition and Food Studies, Rehabilitation Science, and Social Work. The College is currently transitioning to become an accredited college of public health in the near future. Our diverse academic offerings are structured as dynamic learning environments with the support of community partners. With nationally-ranked programs in health administration and policy, nursing, and public health as well as accredited degrees from six national accrediting bodies, our goal is to ensure graduates are career ready irrespective of discipline or eventual employment setting.

The College’s mission is to engage our diverse student body and faculty in transdisciplinary academics, research, and interprofessional practice to promote the public’s health working in support of health equity. This ambitious mission is one we embrace, and faculty work closely with our majority-minority student body to build strong knowledgebases, evidence-based practice and professional skills for contemporary, in-demand careers. Academics goes beyond the classroom to the real-world opportunities working with our many community partners and governmental agencies. Without exception, our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence is a pillar of our mission.

We accomplish our mission through interprofessional curricula and practice, and the design of research of consequence spanning disease etiology to intervention and prevention to the translation of discoveries and implementation of health policy. Our students are prepared to be lifelong learners grounded in the knowledge of the macro to micro social and biomedical determinants health and disease to ensure health across the lifespan. We also work to ensure our students are skillful in using health technologies, such as the delivery of telehealth services or mobile-Health tools for research.  

In addition to our collaborations with community partners across the region, the College has built a network of Mason and Partners’ Clinics where faculty and students provide integrated clinical care with attention to the social determinants of health for vulnerable populations. With the recent opening of our Population Health Center collocated with our College, students have the opportunity to engage in research of consequence and perfecting clinical skills where mind and body are treated as one.

The College continues to develop formal collaborations for practice and research. Our Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)-Mason Collaboration provides opportunities for creating innovative academic and training programs for students to develop the next generation of national research and practice leaders in public health. The Collaborative exemplifies the intersection of academics and practice through interprofessional and transdisciplinary applied research, workforce training, and executive leadership education.

The College recently became a member of the Johns Hopkins Community Research Network that offers researchers the opportunity to collaborate with other purpose-driven researchers. This unique collaborative provides a research infrastructure to support multi-site clinical, translational and pragmatic research on a variety of health issues.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the cri tical and immense need for public health, and the multifaceted behavioral, economic, health and societal ramifications of an inadequate public health infrastructure. In response, the College is dedicated to rebuilding communities for health and prosperity, serving as a trusted source of scientific and health-related information for communities, and developing an action plan that delivers health equity. This is the power of public health! Join us in making health visible and a reality for all people.