College of Health and Human Services Officially Renamed; Continues Reorganization

Posted: June 29, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lori Jennings

It’s now official: George Mason’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) is up and running, complete with a new name and web site.

Formerly known as the College of Nursing and Health Science, the reorganized college, headed by Dean Shirley Travis, will focus on an expanded multidisciplinary approach to meeting the health and human services needs of the Northern Virginia community. The reorganization will continue through 2011.

The CHHS structure is now as follows:

  • Academic programs include the School of Nursing, the Department of Global and Community Health, the Department of Health Administration and Policy and the Department of Social Work.
  • Centers include the Center for Child Welfare, the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability and the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics.

With the reorganization and new growth, the number of students enrolled in CHHS is anticipated to double by 2011 from its current enrollment of 1,400 to more than 2,800.

The expanded multidisciplinary CHHS will field program expansion and support new program development, including research in critical areas of public health, rehabilitation science, senior care and doctoral education for social work. Cutting-edge interdisciplinary programs of research are anticipated in chronic illness, senior care, e-health, health information systems, health policy and health services research.

The restructuring and name change were based on findings from a 22-member health commission appointed by Provost Peter Stearns in December 2004. The commission represented relevant George Mason faculty, stakeholders in the Northern Virginia region and the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources.

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