The Formation of the College of Health and Human Sciences

In August 2009, a task force including the heads of the academic units (departments or schools) at Purdue that focus on human health and the human sciences proposed the realignment of their units to create a new College of Health and Human Sciences, dedicated to informing people's behavioral choices, improving their health, and enhancing their quality of life.

The task force identified many benefits of this realignment. Those benefits are closely related to the University's plan to enhance student access and success (e.g., by attracting increasingly talented and diverse undergraduate and graduate students), to promote discovery with delivery (e.g., by facilitating synergistic research), and to address global challenges (e.g., by increasing engagement with strategic partners both nationally and internationally).

On July 1, 2010, the new College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) was established. HHS includes includes nine academic units: Departments or Schools of Consumer Science; Human Development and Family Studies; Health and Kinesiology; Health Sciences; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Nursing; Nutrition Science; Psychological Sciences; and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. A separate Public Health Graduate Program was added in 2014.

The nine academic units of the new college had been spread across three colleges (College of Liberal Arts; the former College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences; and the former College of Consumer and Family Sciences). By bringing the nine units into one college, we can enhance student learning, faculty collaborations, and community outreach aimed at improving health and quality of life.

On June 14, 2019, Purdue University Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a new Department of Public Health. The new Department became home to the undergraduate public health program (originally housed in the Department of Health and Kinesiology) and the Public Health Graduate Program (originally administered by the College). At the same time, the Board of Trustees also approved changing the Department of Consumer Science to the Division of Consumer Science within the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. A news release about the realignment can be found here.

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Guest Column: Purdue Increases Research Revenues for the State.

Dr. Richard Buckius outlines opportunities for increasing Purdue's research funding and how the new College of Health and Human Sciences will assist to increase the university's competitiveness in both research and education. The column appeared in the Lafayette Journal and Courier February 2010. More from the article...

New College of Health and Human Sciences approved

On February 11, Purdue's board of trustees approved a college realignment that enhances the university's health and human sciences programs without changing the number of colleges on campus. More from the article...


July 2009: Faculty-led task force begins work on exploring a possible college realignment
February 2010: Purdue Board of Trustees approves the proposal for a new 
College of Health and Human Sciences
March 2010: Christine Ladisch, vice provost for academic affairs, appointed inaugural dean
HHS Leadership Transition Team appointed
July 2010: College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) is launched
Fall 2011: National search for a dean begins
January 2013: HHS Inaugural Dean, Christine Ladisch, is named the first dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.
July 2014: HHS launches an individual Public Health Graduate Program; Rick Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science, is named the first HHS director of public health.
October 2015: Purdue grants Christine Ladisch a two-year extension as dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.
August 2018: Marion K. Underwood becomes new Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.