Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences

About HHS

The College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) at Purdue University brings together scholars in the health sciences and human sciences to strategically address issues vital to enhancing people’s health and quality of life. HHS’ multidisciplinary learning environment uniquely prepares students to contribute to improved human health and behavior and to serve as leaders in their disciplines. The College also provides a rich environment for world-changing research, discovery and engagement. Purdue’s land-grant mission facilitates the translation of these discoveries from theory to application, benefiting not only those in Indiana but society as a whole.

The College of Health and Human Sciences  includes the following academic units: Consumer ScienceHealth and KinesiologyHealth SciencesHospitality and Tourism ManagementHuman Development and Family StudiesNursingNutrition SciencePsychological Sciences; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. In addition, the Public Health Graduate Program, which is administered at the college level, involves collaboration among all HHS academic units. 

The College of Health and Human Sciences has approximately 240 faculty, 490 staff, 3,900 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students, and 54,500 living alumni. Since the launch of the College in 2010, external funding has increased almost 30%. NIH funding to HHS faculty reached $32.8 million in 2016-17 and represents 20-30% of the total received by the University. Three new buildings have been constructed including: Hanley Hall (Fall 2011); Marriott Hall (Spring 2012); Lyles-Porter Hall (Fall 2014). The college has outperformed the university as a whole in recruitment and retention of undergraduate underrepresented minority groups. We have the highest 4-year graduation rate on campus (73.1%) and 89% of our recent graduates are employed, in the military or are continuing their education. The College offered 33 study abroad programs in 2016 and about 23% of undergraduates participated. Approximately 94% of the faculty teach undergraduate courses on campus and Health and Human Sciences Extension has educators in all 92 Indiana counties. These staff deliver educational programs of-campus with a focus on issues related to food, family, money and health. Further, Purdue supports an entrepreneurial environment with multiple patents awarded to HHS faculty for devices and programs to support the health and well-being of the population. HHS takes a comprehensive approach to tackling the most pressing issues encountered across the life span.

HHS Mission

The College of Health and Human Sciences prepares scholars, develops leaders, translates theory to practice, and advances knowledge of human behavior, health, and quality of life. Key Characteristics:

  • An interdisciplinary environment for discovery, learning, and engagement
  • Faculty and graduates who are leaders in the health and human sciences
  • Research that advances knowledge and is responsive to ever-changing conditions
  • Applications of knowledge to improve the well-being of individuals and communities
  • Engagement with diverse constituencies and communities to address a broad spectrum of human needs.

HHS Vision

The College of Health and Human Sciences’ people and programs have an increasingly positive impact on the behavior, health, and quality of life of people.

Key Characteristics:

  • Exemplary interdisciplinary education and research that fosters experiential learning for undergraduate and graduate students and mentoring by faculty as well as student to student
  • Independent researchers and collaborative groups who conduct internationally recognized basic and applied research
  • Talented and creative students who achieve great success in their educational pursuits
  • Highly effective training of leaders to meet current and future global challenges
  • Entrepreneurial initiatives that deliver lasting benefits to people
  • Engagement and partnerships that strengthen our educational programs and increase our contributions to people locally and globally
  • An academic community that is exemplary in its understanding and appreciation of intellectual and cultural diversity

HHS strives to enhance student access and success by attracting talented and diverse undergraduate and graduate students, promote discovery with delivery by facilitating synergistic research, and address global challenges by increasing engagement with strategic partners.


As of fall 2016, approximately 3,900 undergraduate students were enrolled in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Approximately 69% were Indiana residents, 8% were international students and 11% were from underrepresented minority groups.

All 25+ HHS majors offer undergraduate students an opportunity for hands-on learning, such as an internship, clinical experience or co-op. All HHS academic units offer undergraduate research opportunities where students work on faculty-mentored team research projects and have the opportunity to present their research at conferences or be chosen for publication in the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research. A majority of HHS academic units offer one or more faculty-led study abroad programs; and the number of HHS students who have participated in a study abroad experience has increased by 75% over the past five years. HHS students can participate in learning communities, student organizations, peer mentoring, and a variety of career development opportunities. 

More than 500 graduate students are currently pursuing advanced degrees in the College.


HHS’ seven research themes represent interest areas and strengths that are shared across units within the College. The College has more than 20 Research Centers, Institutes and Labs, many involving collaboration among HHS-related disciplines and multiple researchers from across campus. Likewise, HHS researchers actively engage with research centers, institutes and labs that are not part of HHS. For example, several HHS faculty are members of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research; and HHS faculty represent 47% of faculty participation in the new Purdue Institute for Integrative Neurosciences. As part of the Purdue University Provost’s Faculty Cluster Hire Program, HHS has collaborated with other colleges on campus to hire tenure-track faculty to expand campus-wide expertise in the areas of Autism, Health, and Methodologies for Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences. HHS leads The Purdue Acceptance and Inclusion Consortium, a multi-disciplinary team of scholars from psychology, clinical neuroscience, sociology, human development, political science and economics. 

Presence on Campus and Beyond

HHS learning, discovery, engagement, administration and operations are housed in nearly 20 buildings across campus. Stone Hall serves as the administrative center for the College. The newest, Lyles-Porter Hall, was designed to promote strong interdisciplinary partnerships that enhance student training and promote new research collaborations. The building houses the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and its audiology and speech-language clinics; the A. H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise and Nutrition; the Nursing Center for Family Health; the Nutritional Training and Research Center; the Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics; and the Indiana University School of Medicine-West Lafayette. HHS’ newest building, in partnership with Purdue’s College of Engineering, is the Purdue Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility. The facility houses two MRI machines supports research programs led by more than 20 scientists from four colleges.

The College of Health and Human Sciences strives to be a leader and innovator in working with diverse constituencies and communities to inform people's behavioral choices, improve their health, and enhance their quality of life. HHS’ nearly 20 outreach and engagement programs combined with HHS Extension’s network of county-based Extension Educators enables the College to reach more than 1 million Indiana residents.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is an essential asset for the College of Health and Human Sciences to create, foster, and sustain an inclusive environment that integrates diverse perspectives among students, faculty, and staff. HHS learning, research, and engagement must occur without prejudice, intimidation, intolerance, or discrimination. The College values and embraces inclusion that provides equal opportunities for all who learn, work, and come in contact with HHS to actively participate in a vibrant and intellectual community with a broad range of ideas and viewpoints.

Global Reach

HHS global initiatives reflect Purdue University’s commitment to international students, scholars and partnerships. The College’s global reach includes more than 30 study abroad programs such as HHS’ oldest, continuously-running study abroad program known as the Sponsored Hotel Internship and Study Abroad Program in China. International collaborations in research and engagement include the Women’s Global Health Institute, Center for Global Urban Sustainability, and global sustainable tourism projects.


Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University — which concludes June 30, 2019, during the University’s 150th anniversary year — has a campaign goal of $2.019 billion.  HHS’ Ever True campaign goal is $77 million. With less than two years remaining in the campaign, the College has reached 87% of goal. Ever True campaign contributions to HHS support scholarships; study abroad; facility renovations and additions; faculty support; and life-changing programs, including healthy aging, autism, and health and wellness.


Although the College of Health and Human Sciences was established in 2010, many HHS programs have a rich history. Some examples include the Departments of Nutrition Science (110 years) and Health and Kinesiology (100 years); the Department of Human Development and Family Studies’ Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School (90 years); and the Department of Psychological Sciences’ Industrial-Organizational Psychology program (80 years).

More information about the formation of HHS, including a timeline can be found online.

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