Welcome to the School of Health Sciences
Message from the Head of School:
Thank you for visiting the School of Health Sciences (HSCI) website. HSCI offers nationally recognized programs that prepare students for a professional education in medicine, dentistry, optometry, occupational/physical therapy, or health-related graduate programs. Our well-established curricula combine a broad science background with hands-on experience in business, industry, and healthcare settings, with a focus on disease diagnosis and prevention. Our graduates with a BS degree enter the workforce ready to perform scientific laboratory analysis, promote the safe use of radiation in industry and medicine, identify and control environmental and workplace hazards, and more. Our graduate degree programs (Ph.D. and M.S.) include medical physics, health physics, industrial hygiene, environmental health and toxicology. The CAMPEP-accredited medical physics program is jointly administered between Purdue’s School of Health Sciences and Indiana University’s School of Medicine. The industrial hygiene program (also known as occupational health) is the only ABET-accredited program in the country at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Our environmental toxicology program has supplied highly successful researchers, governmental regulators, and entrepreneurs to worldwide work forces for nearly 50 years.
From the beginning of Purdue professor John Christian’s very first use of radioisotopes in pharmaceuticals in 1942, innovative research has been the trademark of Purdue’s School of Health Sciences. Our faculty members have been leading discovery in two major areas of human health sciences: public health sciences (environmental toxicology, occupational health, and epidemiology) and radiological health sciences (medical imaging, radiotherapy, and health physics). Such innovative research provides our students with access to needed resources, interaction with professors, and preparation for success as tomorrow’s leaders in health sciences. Moreover, our innovative research has led HSCI faculty, students and graduates to the forefront of meeting global health challenges.
The School of Health Sciences firmly believes that the diversity is essential to a grass-root intellectual community. It is the diversity of our ideology, religion, and freedom of expression that underlies our democracy; it is the diversity of our multicultural background that fosters a rich, vibrant, and encouraged learning environment; and it is the diversity of our thought that integrates diverse perspectives from students and their professors, leading to a creative discovery and innovation. Thus, the learning, research, and engagement in this academic unit can only succeed without prejudice, intimidation, intolerance, or discrimination.
I hope you enjoy reading our school's history, and learning about our undergraduate and graduate programs, and established study abroad programs. You will also find HSCI faculty profiles, information about our Alumni Advisory Board as well as our alumni activities.
We’d enjoy hearing from you regarding our website or any questions you might have about our school. Please send your comments and questions to Karen Walker.
Wei Zheng, Ph.D.
Head, School of Health Sciences