Christine Ladisch

In January, I was named the first dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) after serving as inaugural dean since the college’s launch in July 2010. My appointment is the result of a national search.

I am honored to serve as dean of this great college that excels in diverse disciplines aimed at improving the lives of people. HHS is gaining momentum in myriad ways. Our new Lyles-Porter Hall — expected to be completed in 2014 — will house a variety of health and human sciences programs, including Purdue's nationally ranked Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. We also have a great foundation to build on with new research-driven initiatives such as the Women's Global Health Institute and a faculty cluster focused on public health and prevention of chronic disease. And we will continue to develop the college's nine academic units to emphasize student learning and research that has a profound, positive impact on the lives of people.

Although HHS is less than three years old, its nine academic units carry a rich heritage. This April, our School of Nursing will embark on 12 months of celebratory events to mark the school's golden anniversary. HHS is proud to recognize the critical role the School of Nursing has played in nursing education and research throughout the past 50 years.

As we celebrate the past, we also are planning for the future. After several months of preparation, the Strategic Plan of the College of Health and Human Sciences: 2013-2018 is complete and ready for implementation. The plan will provide valuable direction for our programs and activities as we work together to move HHS forward. I invite you to read the plan to learn more about our learning, discovery and engagement initiatives.

This spring, the college will hold Life Inspired, the annual HHS showcase of activities designed to demonstrate how education, creativity, dedication and passion are key to improving quality of life. Public health administrator and former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher, will give the keynote address. Satcher will address the critical gap between what people know and they actually do to combat health issues such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental health and AIDS. He will also address major health disparities in the U.S. as they relate to culture, race and ethnicity. His talk, "The Personal Side of Public Health," will take place on March 26, at 8 pm in Fowler Hall. I hope you will join us for what is sure to be an inspirational talk.


Christine Ladisch

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