College of Health and Human Services

The College of Health and Human Services offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in Health and Physical Education, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Physician Assistant Studies, Social Work and Public Administration. Additionally we house a state-of-the-art Human Physiology Laboratory.

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Dean: Mark E. Rodgers, D.S.W.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Health and Human Services is to educate undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in an atmosphere of respect, individuality, and flexibility for best collaborative practices to address current and emerging health and human service needs in a multicultural, interdependent, global environment, and to promote nationally recognized scholarship and community service.

Areas of Study

Health and Physical Education

The mission of the Department of Health and Physical Education is to promote personal and community health, fitness, and wellness through dedicated faculty delivering accredited physical education and athletic training programs. These values are taught through individual and team sports activities, professional treatment of athletic injuries, exercise physiology, biomechanical analysis, and healthy living behaviors that serve to prevent disease and promote wellbeing and longevity.


The Nursing Department curriculum encompasses those aspects of health care, which assist practitioners to identify human health conditions and to diagnose and treat health problems. The department advocates quality health care, teaching practices, and behaviors that reflect the values congruent with the ethical practice of nursing. Essential values include altruism, equality, aesthetics, freedom, human dignity, justice and truth. 

Nutrition and Dietetics

The mission of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is to provide dedicated faculty, quality facilities and a diverse environment which support nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate education, research, and service in the areas of nutrition, dietetics, family/consumer sciences, sports nutri­tion, and exercise science.

Physician Assistant Program

 The Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Marywood University is committed to exceptional education in a supportive and nurturing environment providing the knowledge necessary to diagnose, treat, educate, and empower patients. This program is committed to preparing the student to deal with the changing health care environment while promoting the PA profes­sion. Marywood’s PA Program is dedicated to teaching the student to appreciate the patient’s spirit, mind, and body. The Marywood Physician Assistant Program acknowledges and supports the need for quality health care, both regionally and globally, and the need to learn to live/practice responsibly in an interdependent world. Students in the Pre-Physician Assistant Program housed within the Science Department of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may make application to the professional program following their second year as Pre-PA, assuming their successful completion of all required liberal arts core requirements and science prerequisites. 

Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program at Marywood University is a professional degree program that prepares students for beginning, entry-level professional practice. The program provides educational experiences designed to assure the acquisition of knowledge, values, ethics, and skills necessary to be a generalist practitioner. The BSW Program develops practitioners who are committed to social and economic justice, and are able to take action with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed populations. The program prepares students for responsible leadership and service in meeting human needs.

Health Services Administration

Health Services Administration: Health Services Administration is a unique interdisciplinary major located within the School of Social Work and Administrative Studies. This major seeks to develop in students the values, knowledge, and skills necessary to enter the expanding field of health services administration. In particular, this major emphasizes new directions in which the health care system is expanding. These include: 

  1. private and community oriented wellness programs; 
  2. rehabilitative medical services; 
  3. health care facilities for the elderly; 
  4. health care facilities for addictive diseases; 
  5. hospices; 
  6. managed care. 


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