The College of Health and Human Services is the newest college at Western Kentucky University, established by our Board of Regents in August 2002 to bring together all health and human services programs under one administration unit. One of our strengths is the breadth and depth of the diverse disciplines within the College. The College consists of seven departments that represent an array of disciplines, and offers degrees at the associate, baccalaureate and masters degree levels. The College also offers a collaborative doctorate in Rehabilitation Sciences with the University of Kentucky. Departments include Allied Health, Communication Disorders, Family and Consumer Sciences, Nursing, Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport, Public Health, and Social Work. The College also oversees the Academic Center for Excellence, the Institute for Rural Health, the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Academy, and the South-Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center.
Our focus is to provide the highest possible quality of education to prepare our students to become leaders in careers related to health and human services. First year students have the opportunity to enroll directly in a specific career or to enroll in our “exploratory” program and explore the many career options available to them in health and human services. The faculty are highly qualified in their respective disciplines and utilize innovative teaching strategies along with state of the art instructional technology, including Interactive Video Service (IVS), web enhanced and web based instruction.
The disciplines in the college have their roots in outreach to the community. Allied Health (AH), Communication Disorders (CD), Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), School of Nursing, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport (KRS), Public Health, and Social Work prepares students for their profession by engaging them in activities within the community that applies the theories and concepts discussions in the classroom for a more comprehensive understanding of the issues, while providing a valuable service to the communities in which we reside. Students are required to complete clinical experiences, field work, or internships through one of the many affiliation agreements at a myriad of health and humans services facilities, agencies and organizations. A nationally recognized mobile health and wellness unit provides opportunities for students to apply skills learned in the classroom in the provision of prevention services to residences in our region.
Due to the nature of these experiences students are required to meet various departmental academic requirements and federal and/or state mandates. Departments may require the successful completion of specific courses or maintain a certain GPA in order to be placed in clinical or internship experiences. Some students may be required to undergo criminal background checks and drug testing and to provide proof of health insurance, liability insurance, and/or immunization records prior to participating in any required experiences at selected off-campus facilities/agencies. Additionally, there may be certifications, training seminars, or other requirements specified by the facility/agency that a student must meet in order to be eligible for field or practical experiences at the facility. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all institutional and/or facility requirements are met as a condition of participating in the on or off-campus experiences; students may be responsible in part or in full for any costs incurred to meet such requirements. Students are also responsible for transportation to and from off-campus experiences. In some CHHS programs, the students are responsible for rental fees for clinical instruments and supplies, purchasing uniforms, equipment, and possible course fees above the regular tuition. At the completion of the program, students may also be responsible for fees related to national and regional licensing exams.
CHHS is dedicated to improve the quality of life in the community through education, service, collaboration, leadership, and scholarship. This is accomplished in the various centers and programs in the college that provide for a vibrant and relevant university experience.