Message from Dean Derryl Block

CHHS 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 prepare for advanced roles in aging studies, we offer a Leadership and Aging Studies specialization for students pursing a M.S. in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences. It is designed for those interested in leadership positions in long-term care, social services, and research, as well as preparation to sit for the Illinois Nursing Home Administrator’s Licensing Examination.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every five adults has a disability. The demand for rehabilitation counselors and professionals to provide services to individuals with disabilities has risen dramatically. To better prepare students for roles serving that population, we are now offering a B.S. in Rehabilitation and Disability Services. The program is excellent preparation for entry-level roles in organizations that help those with disabilities live life more independently. The degree also prepares those who wish to pursue a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling.

There are many exciting things happening at our college with many success stories to share. I hope you will take a moment to read a sampling here and visit our new news site to discover more.

In a challenging economic environment and an uncertain political climate, I am proud of our faculty, staff and students for keeping our mission to educate for science in the service of society at the forefront of all we do here at the CHHS and NIU.