Christine Ladisch

After serving as the inaugural dean of Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences since the college was launched in 2010, Christine Ladisch has been named the first dean of the college. 

The college was formed as part of Purdue’s New Synergies strategic plan to realign nine academic units and elevate Purdue’s reputation in health and human sciences. 

“The College of Health and Human Sciences will continue to gain momentum as we move forward with our new Lyles-Porter Hall, a building that will house a variety of health programs including Purdue’s nationally ranked Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences,” Ladisch says. “We also have a great foundation to build on with research-driven initiatives such as the recently announced Women’s Global Health Institute and we will continue to develop the college’s nine units to emphasize student learning and research that has a profound, positive impact on the lives of people.” 

The College of Health and Human Sciences is second largest in undergraduate enrollment at Purdue with more than 4,300 undergraduate and more than 500 graduate students as well as more than 200 faculty and 380 staff members. 

The college is home to the departments of Consumer Science; Health and Kinesiology; Human Development and Family Studies; Nutrition Science; Psychological Sciences; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; and the schools of Health Sciences, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Nursing.