The School of Nursing faculty is highly engaged in research across a broad range of areas, including chronic illness care, child and family health, gerontological nursing, population health, and disease prevention. Teamwork and transdisciplinary research are strongly encouraged.
The College of Health and Human Sciences is an invaluable resource for transdisciplinary collaboration. For example, School of Nursing faculty have partnered recently on research with colleagues in psychology, consumer science, nutrition, human development and family studies, health and kinesiology, and veterinary medicine.
The core skill set of how I practice, and how I practice well, I learned at Purdue. I learned food service here and had many courses in that. The Patriots have their own chefs. I have full control over what farms we order from, and I tell the chefs how to prepare it.
I also learned a lot in a nutrition communications course I took from Barbara Mayfield. I learned how important soundbites are. Many athletes have short attention spans. I have to make what I tell them short, brief and impactful, and get straight to the point. Barbara also taught me how to build a story, to build a beginning and an ending and include many soundbites. The biggest thing I learned is doing an education assessment to try to figure out what you need to do to keep people learning. Are they a verbal or non-verbal learner? I do a ton of research on incoming rookies and free agents to learn how to teach them and how they learn.
HHS is a great place to be a professor as we get the opportunity to work with exceptional graduate and undergraduate students during their educational training. For example, students interested in toxicology and environmental health are directly involved and integrated with our research groups. They have a chance to share and implement their own ideas towards making new discoveries and communicating their research findings to the scientific community and general public. This research is working towards increasing our understanding of how environmental chemicals influence human health throughout our life time, playing a role in setting environmental regulations, and ultimately aimed at decreasing disease risks.
I love teaching in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University because my students are motivated by a genuine desire to help individuals, families, and communities. I get to teach these students about human development, family dynamics, and real strategies for making lives better. Best of all, I get to see these students put their knowledge and skills to work in the classroom and in community-based experiences like service-learning and internships.
Jonathon Day, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management
I love the energy of the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS). There is an excitement about Making Lives Better that shines through the whole HHS team. In my work in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, we are working to improve the quality of life of people and communities through sustainable tourism. Our work is making an impact on the world’s largest industry – tourism. That’s definitely sometime to be excited about.
HHS is a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative College. This climate has allowed me to expand my scholarship into areas that I would never have anticipated as a junior scientist, increasing the impact of my scholarship. The diversity of the leaders and faculty creates an inclusive and supportive environment. The connection between basic and applied science and the focus on improving quality of life resonate strongly with my personal goals and priorities. The ethos of a land-grant institution – the importance of scholarship, teaching, and engagement – clearly drive our College’s goals and contribute to our success. I cannot imagine that I could have chosen a better place to start my career than Purdue and I cannot imagine a better place to continue my career than within HHS.
HHS has a strong culture of transdisciplinary collaboration. The remarkable span of disciplines represented go from basic research to medical and human health sciences. My own lab studies the cellular mechanisms by which our environment and individual genetics impacts disease risk; and in the just my first 6 months here as faculty I’ve discussed collaborative opportunities well outside my own field with researchers from Nutrition, Nursing and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences to open up doors connecting our work to direct human subject based research. HHS offers great opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty to make wide-reaching and impactful discoveries that improve human and public health.
I am a "people person" who looks forward to meeting new people and lifelong learning. Purdue’s Land-Grant mission in the College of Health and Human Sciences provides the perfect platform for me to engage with local communities and transfer knowledge to and from local communities. The world-class faculty in HHS can help communities find solutions to challenges and the community can help inform research questions – together we make lives better!
It would be difficult to imagine a more conducive environment for learning and discovery than HHS at Purdue. This shouldn’t be surprising given that we designed HHS from the very beginning to facilitate impactful connections between scholars and students, but I do believe we have succeeded beyond our greatest expectations.
Purdue's student-athlete support was top-notch and volleyball wasn’t a secondary sport, but a huge priority in athletics. I knew that I wanted to study something with food to allow me to follow my passion for the food industry. There’s not much overlap between my pro career and my degree, however, it is really fun to travel as much as I do and be able to see how the food and lodging industry varies from place to place. Purdue is what you make it, and it really felt all-inclusive. It checked a lot of boxes for me.
At Purdue, I learned how critical it is to network and how important it is to add as much education as you can fit in. I had no intention of adding degrees when I first came there. I had zero intention of becoming a physical therapist. But when I asked the staff, including legendary athletic trainer William “Pinky” Newell, what I should do next, he said to go to physical therapy school. So, I went to to Northwestern University Medical School, where I received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. But my heart remains with Purdue. I learned a lot of things at Purdue, other than my trade. I am proud of my education, and I am a dyed-in-the-wool Boilermaker.