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HHS Quick Facts and Points of Pride

Dean Celia Hooper

Dean Dr. Celia Hooper
(336) 334.5744

Director of Development and Gift Planning Barbara J. Wike
(336) 256-1272

Message from the Dean

We are a group of faculty, staff, and students who value outstanding teaching, research, community engagement and service. Our dedicated and experienced faculty engage undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in a love of learning, the creation of new knowledge, a spirit of entrepreneurship, and a commitment to our vision of making the world better, safer, healthier, and more humane and just.

Departments & Programs

Centers and Clinics

The ADHD Clinic provides highly specialized assessment, treatment and other services to several hundred children, adolescents, and adults each year in the community. The clinic also provides clinical training for doctoral students and opportunities for research to faculty.

Child Care Education Program Teacher training and research, a community resource for early education information, and a model child care and education facility for more than 80 children in the community.

Center for Translational Biomedical Research
Research to identify and evaluate bioactive ingredients from food, plants and traditional Chinese medicines for the prevention and treatment of metabolic disorders such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

Center for Women’s Health & Wellness
Advancing the health and wellness of all women and girls through collaborative research, educational programs, and community engagement.

The UNCG Speech and Hearing Center provides speech-language and audiology intervention and treatment to over 300 patients each year, while providing clinical placement sites for students and research opportunities for faculty and students.

Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness is at the forefront of excellence in health promotion for athletes of all ages and levels of competition through evidence-based programming, training, and research and evaluation.

Quick Facts

  • Formed in 2011, HHS is the second largest academic unit at UNCG, with 5 locations across campus
  • 2953 undergraduate and 473 graduate students
  • 132 faculty members, 32 staff members
  • 10 departments and programs
  • 52 concentrations and certificate programs
  • 39% of our students are from minority populations; 5% self-identify as Hispanic
  • Research and contract funding: $8,489,999

Points of Pride

Adapted recreation and sports initiative - In collaboration with the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department and Bridge II Sports, students and faculty in the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation have designed and are implementing a regional Adapted Recreation and Sports initiative to address the gap in community recreation programs for local citizens with physical disabilities. Through an Adapted Outdoor Adventure Day, students and staff conducted workshops in adapted archery, kayaking, fishing, and handcycling. Future plans for programming also include wheelchair basketball, cycling, and power soccer.

Athlete health and wellness - Led by David Wyrick in the Department of Public Health Education, the Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness conducted training for coaches at the University of Rhode Island on a program called Coaches Assist. The program is designed to deter alcohol and other drug use among athletes by focusing on the important role that coaches play. The institute is conducting an alcohol and other drug intervention pilot program for 100+ NCAA Division 1 schools.

National ranking - The ranking of the Ph.D. program in Kinesiology moved from 25th nationally in 2005 to 15th in 2010 based on factors such as national visibility of faculty, graduates employed in the field, and number of research presentations. The M.A. in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) program is ranked 32nd out of 229 programs nationally moving from the 50th spot just five years ago.

Top award for HHS student - Samantha Caldwell, a second year student in the M.S. Genetic Counseling Program is the 2014 Elwood Scholar. Presented by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the Elwood Scholarship is a top award and goes to one student nationally who is achieving excellence in their academic programs and who has significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the allied health professions.

Workforce need - Graduates from the Master of Science in Gerontology meet a critical workforce need for professionals who are trained to work with older adults. The program has had a 100% placement rate for the past five years for graduates of the program, either in careers in the profession or admitted to another graduate or professional program.

Unique programs - The only online Ed.D. in Kinesiology nationally admitted its first cohort of 20 students in Fall 2014. The program provides working professionals with access to a quality degree that would otherwise not be an option given their distance from campus and their restrictive work schedules. The Ph.D. program in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is the only one of its kind in North Carolina and is known nationally and internationally as one of the premier HDFS programs in the country, with a 100% job placement rate.

Program for registered dietitians excelling and growing -The Dietetic Internship Program has a high success rate. The pass rate for first-time UNCG takers of the registered dietitian (RD) exam is 98% compared to 82% nationally. Through enhanced relationships with area health care facilities, this accredited program grew by 25% last year, and will graduate more dietitians to meet a critical workforce need. The job placement rate for RDs who complete this program is 92%.

Social work is thriving - The Joint Master of Social Work Program is thriving! Offered by UNCG and the North Carolina A&T State University, it has about 100 JMSW students per year. The program educates future social work clinicians who are committed to social justice and diversity and inclusion. Its recent shift to a multicultural clinical model and the current behavioral health service delivery system in North Carolina provides an opportunity for students to be trained to practice inter-professionally.

A global focus - The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies continues to expand its commitment to global engagement and the connection of the local to the global. In addition to continuing to work toward a dual degree with the University of Konstanz, the program has expanded their partnerships with the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, Linnaeus University in Sweden, and University College Dublin in Ireland. This year they have a Visiting Scholar from Italy and are working with potential scholars from Turkey and the Ukraine.

Research - Laurie Wideman in the Department of Kinesiology, is the UNCG Principal Investigator on an interdisciplinary grant of $3,626,000 from the NIH for the project, “Pathways from Childhood Self-regulation to Cardiovascular Risk in Adolescence.” Working with faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, adolescents in this study have been followed by UNCG researchers since they were 2 years old. The research team is investigating how childhood self-regulation influences teens’ health behaviors.

A major contribution to child care quality - The North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies just received funding for its 15th year! Such longevity is very rare and demonstrates an extraordinary vote of confidence in the program. The NCRLAP has contributed greatly to evaluating the quality of child care programs throughout the state.

Top award for faculty - Perry Flynn in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), will receive the American Speech and Hearing (ASHA) 2014 Editors Award for his publication "Evidence Based Practices in Schools: Findings of a National Survey." Perry is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certified therapeutic riding instructor and has led the CSD department's collaboration with Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center for the past ten years.

Major Fundraising Objectives

The School of Health and Human Sciences is dedicated to making the world a safer, healthier, more just place. In order to support these efforts, we have a number of financial priorities, including the following:

  • a new facility for the Child Care Education Program,
  • an expanded Advising Center,
  • increased funding for Graduate and Undergraduate Research and Scholarships,
  • Faculty Program funding,
  • an interdisciplinary Balance Clinic,
  • and a Voice Clinic at the UNCG Speech and Hearing Center,
bringing much-needed services to the community and beyond.

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