Message from the Dean

Derryl BlockWelcome to the College of Health and Human Sciences.

If you are ready to change lives in profound ways, you've come to the right place.

The programs in our five schools: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Studies, Interdisciplinary Health Professions and Nursing, as well as Military Science, Ph.D. in Health Sciences and Gerontology, will take you beyond the classroom into the community.

With 23 programs – 13 having external accreditation – and over 700 external practicum sites, the college prepares leaders to enhance the life of individuals, families and communities across the lifespan. Combined with state-of-the-art clinics and labs, a child development and family center, hands-on internships and student organizations, we provide the experiential learning you need to impact lives on day one of your career. Through collaboration with our community partners, our programs update student knowledge and skills to support graduates being career ready and successful.

I invite you to explore our wonderful and diverse educational and career options and learn about our graduates who are working in high-demand fields such as health care and human services.

You can turn your ambition into accomplishment at the College of Health and Human Sciences. Please contact us at chhs@niu.edu for more information.

Lynda B. Ransdell, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences