About the College
The College of Health and Human Services is comprised of 15 distinct disciplines housed within departments, centers, clinics, and institutes. Each discipline partners with our community to achieve health and human services priorities and meet current workforce needs. We accomplish our educational mission through interdisciplinary education, practice-based learning, and student access to outstanding faculty educators.
Our disciplines focus on the preparation of competent and creative practitioners to meet the current and future health and human service needs of society. We maintain close partnerships with area employers in healthcare, social services, public health, education, community recreation, and sport. We monitor workforce needs and continually update our educational programs to ensure that our graduates are highly competitive for employment in their chosen profession and well equipped to have impactful, meaningful, and rewarding careers.
Being the only school in Connecticut with these 15 disciplines under a single umbrella, we intentionally bring our professions together for education, research, and service opportunities. To facilitate this important work, our college offers multiple institutes, centers and clinics. These include the Institute for Adaptive Sport and Recreation, Institute for Interprofessional Education, Family Therapy Clinic, Center for Communication Disorders, and Running Injury Clinic. In partnership with the Yale School of Public Health, we also co-house the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE). This community-based research center is currently working on a 3.5-million-dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to collaborate with New Haven neighborhoods on Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH).
All degree programs in our college provide students with extensive opportunities for hands-on learning. For example, in our on-site clinic, graduate students in our speech-language pathology program collaborate with our professional clinic staff to provide services to approximately 150 clients per week. Our institutes, centers, and clinics offer a multitude of opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in service to individuals and communities. Additionally, each program offers many different internship, field experience, and clinical placement opportunities. Our nursing programs complete approximately 1,000 different placements per year across our B.S., M.S., and Ed.D. degree programs and social work places students in over 100 different agencies in our region. The college's wide range of internships, clinical and field placements means that students can begin to make a positive difference with clients, patients and communities while earning their degrees.