Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) where each academic unit represents a wellness, rehabilitation, or health-related discipline. We offer undergraduate and/or graduate programs in four areas: Athletic Training, Communication Disorders, Exercise Science (Wellness, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, and Pre-Occupational Therapy), and Nutrition, Dietetics, Food Management. Our programs are directed toward the development of knowledge and skills for meeting the challenges of dynamic and ever-evolving wellness and health science professions. Each student is assigned an academic advisor and provided regular individualized advising services. Our classes and programs are in high demand, but our dedicated faculty provide innovative teaching and hands-on learning opportunities in classrooms, laboratories, clinics, off-site placements, and in a variety of additional experiences which fulfill our students' ambitions for excellence in classroom and clinical teaching. Graduates of AHS become specialists in the 1) promotion, application, and theory of exercise and rehabilitation sciences in health, fitness, illness prevention, and health care delivery; 2) practice of assessment and treatment of communication disorders in children and adults; 3) application of the science that directly connects food to nutrition and health. The common thread among all disciplines is the desire to make a difference in the lives of future clients, patients, or students. Faculty and staff work to make a difference in the classroom, in the research lab, in a clinical practicum, on a field trip, or in an advising session. All of us in AHS are dedicated to preparing professionals to make a difference by helping others discover the benefits of a healthy lifestyle or to improve the function and quality of life after illness, injury, or with a communication disorder. Join us. It's fun. It is sometimes hard work. But, it will make a difference.
Dr. Pam Rice