Message from CHHS Dean Derryl Block


I hope you had a wonderful and productive summer. We have been busy at the College of Health and Human Sciences. Our faculty and staff have been engaged in research, building new programs, and getting prepared to welcome students back to classes.

As mentioned in our last newsletter, we’ve added a fifth school to our college: School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions. We set up offices on the third floor of Wirtz in the former home of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders. AHCD moved across the building to a larger space.

One of the programs within the new SIHP, Rehabilitative and Disability Services has an exciting new development. We are now offering an accelerated B.S. in Rehabilitation and Disability Services to M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling. This allows students to complete both degrees in less time. The program is a great option for students who know their academic path and can focus on their study area.  We are also offering, via the School of Health Studies, an accelerated B.S. in Public Health to Master of Public Health.

Many of our faculty members have had exciting summers, traveling the globe to conduct research, and present and attend conferences. For example, Health Sciences Chair Jeanne Isabel continued her diabetes research in Belize in June. Public Health Assistant Professor Sarah Geiger participated in an epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke research seminar in California. Several faculty members from the School of Nursing presented at the Sigma Theta Tau International Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Throughout this academic year and beyond we’ll be following our new strategic plan. With input from faculty, staff and students, we developed this five-year plan in late spring. With a mission to promote health and well-being through scholarship that integrates teaching, research and service, and a vision to be nationally recognized for quality and impact of research, teaching and service. To achieve our mission and vision, our goals are assuring accreditation, recruiting new students, securing research funding, and promoting interdisciplinary education through engaged learning to facilitate student success.

I’m certain with this plan we’re on the path to a great 2018-19 academic year. Please stay connected with us. I invite you to visit us in the Alumni Tent at the NIU Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 13. We’d love to hear about what you are up to and continue to share our college news with you.

Derryl Block

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  1. I am celebrating my 40th anniversary of graduating from NIU with my Masters. Fond memories. Just want to say over the past 2 days I have met with Faculty from UW Madison as we prepare for an accelerated BS program practicum here in Door County in January 2019 focused upon the concepts of community in a rural setting. I am looking forward to this experience and my interaction with the students, and being brought up to speed on concept curriculum, and the shape of nursing education since I departed the official setting. Hats off to NIU and the life long learning instilled in me through some terrific faculty and experiences. And, thanks for keeping me in touch.

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