Message from Dean Derryl Block

So far, 2017 has been a year of change for our state and our nation. Here at the NIU College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) we continue to provide our students with the knowledge, skills, and professional ethics necessary for future success. Recognizing the increasing demand for strong leaders in healthcare and social services, we have added several new programs to our offerings. To…

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Heart of Hearing program cruises to humanitarian program

Several NIU audiology students, along with audiology professor King Chung, visited the Dominican Republic on a humanitarian through the Heart of Hearing  organization. On their visit in January, they identified patients who might need surgery, who need cerumen services (ear wax removal), and who need hearing aids/cochlear implants in the first trip.  When they returned…

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Nursing professor to study patient transfer devices

Jie Chen, assistant professor of nursing,  recently received a grant through the Joan E. Wood Award for Nursing Faculty Research. The research project will involve comparing three patient transfer devices and the amount of physical stress that caregivers experience as a result of handling those devices. It will also examine differences in the head impact…

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Education + Service = IMPACT

Lily Chen’s Population-Focused Nursing class took the classroom on the road and brought health education to a food pantry in Aurora. The class project required students to prepare visual aids to help educate pantry patrons on making healthy food choices. One of the products was several salt intake cards that could attach to the shopping…

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Donor funds learning aid

Thanks to the generous donation of Janiece Bollie, our students have a new educational aid. The donation helped fund the creation of an “edema leg” by a specialist in make-up effects. The leg was created to not only look real, but provide different visual cues depending on where the examiner pushes on the skin during…

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Hospitality and Tourism Management Mentor of the Year named

Based on students’ mentor evaluation reports and survey, Racheal DeMoss is named as “2016-2017 mentor of the year.” DeMoss is in her fourth year as a meeting and trade show planner at CDW in Chicago. She plans and executes approximately 50 events per year across the country; ranging from social receptions for customers to trade shows booths…

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CHHS student named outstanding hospice volunteer

Sierra Davis, a NIU senior rehabilitation services major, has been recognized as an outstanding hospice volunteer by Unity Hospice of Western Illinois. The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce shared the following press release about Davis’ recognition. Unity Hospice of Western Illinois proudly recognizes Sierra Davis, of DeKalb, Ill., as an outstanding hospice volunteer. Each month, Unity…

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NIU Online Master of Public Health degree program earns top ranking

The Best Schools, an organization that ranks degree programs, colleges and universities, has recognized Northern Illinois University’s Online Master of Public Health degree program in the top 30 best in the country. Ranking criteria include quality of the program, the types of courses offered, the faculty, awards, rankings, and reputation, including the school’s reputation for…

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