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., L.C.S.W., B.C.D.

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, as well as internationally recognized scholarship and service.

Areas of Study

Athletic Training and Exercise Science

The mission of the Department of Athletic Training and Exercise Science 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 providing students with an exceptional education in a supportive and nurturing environment. This professional education will include the knowledge necessary to diagnose, treat, educate, and empower patients in a variety of settings across the lifespan. We acknowledge that patients are more than their physical body and so the program is dedicated to teaching the students the appreciation of the patients’ spirit, as well as caring for their body. The Program is committed to preparing the student to deal with the changing health care environment while promoting the PA profession. Marywood’s PA Program will emphasize the importance of sharing knowledge with future PA students while providing leadership in the community. The Marywood University PA Program has an awareness of the need for quality health care both regionally and globally, and this program will assist our students in carrying out Marywood’s goal for all students — learning to live and practice responsibly in an interdependent world.

School of Social Work and Administrative Studies

The Marywood University School of Social Work and Administrative Studies provides graduate programs in Social Work (MSW), Public Administration (MPA), Health Services Administration (MHSA), and Gerontology (MS in Gerontology). Dual degree programs are available with the MSW and each of the other degrees, as well as the MSW and Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MAPC), both in cooperation with the Moravian Theological Seminary. The School is an engaging participant in the community, fostering mutually helpful partnerships with community agencies that identify talented prospective students, facilitate successful practice experiences for current students, and provide professional opportunities for graduating students, while fulfilling client/community needs.


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