Welcome from the Dean
The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) began in 1974 first as a Department of Nursing followed by rapid expansion to include other health disciplines. Currently, the college is home to faculty dedicated to educating students for careers in global and community health; health administration, policy, and informatics; nutrition and food studies; nursing; rehabilitation sciences; and social work. CHHS offers 5 undergraduate degrees, 12 graduate degrees, and 11 certificates.
Mason is ranked #1 in student diversity in Virginia and #22 nationally. Our students are exceedingly diverse in every way and bring exciting new perspectives and experiences to our educational setting. While many of our graduates are first generation higher education students, they build careers in local, state and federal health agencies, academe, clinical care settings, and numerous other entities both locally and globally.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, the college is home to 1,870 undergraduate and 841 graduate students, though its alumni number more than 14,600 individuals including many of whom are actively involved with the college. Our faculty and students are committed to serving our communities, and we partner with organizations that collectively offer experiential learning at more than 260 active practicum sites.
Our faculty are also actively engaged in research ($18 million in 2017) ranging from the health and well-being of populations to the delivery of personalized care for individuals. Our many research partners foster opportunities for student involvement throughout their educational experiences.
A strong commitment to alternative learning opportunities is actively underway. For example, we recently launched two fully online master’s degrees: a Master of Health Administration and Master of Science in Health Informatics.
In January 2018, the college moved to the newly opened Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall, where excellence in teaching, research, and service will remain paramount in ensuring the health and well-being of the many populations we serve.
We are proud of all the college and university have to offer, and we remain committed to our vision and mission. We believe that together we can be better.