College of Health and Human Services

College of Health and Human Services

Our students are impacting the lives of individuals, families and communities focusing on the public good.

Experience Making a Difference.

Health and Human Services students learn to address a wide array of factors impacting health and well-being; biological, socioeconomic, psychosocial, behavioral, cultural or social issues, through majors like nursing, gerontology, criminal justice, communication disorders, dietetics, medical laboratory sciences, public health and social work.  


undergraduate and graduate students enrolled


awarded in scholarships


have jobs, start a business or a graduate program within 6 months of graduation

Belong. Stand Out. Go Far.

“The faculty and staff of the College of Health and Human Services are committed not only to providing quality classroom and laboratory experiences where students gain disciplinary knowledge, but are also committed to the application of this knowledge in professional settings. All of our students engage with the professional community through clinical, internship or other applied external experiences. We believe engaging in their profession encourages students to understand their role in the larger community and to appreciate the value of serving others.”

– James Ciesla, Ph.D., Dean


Making a difference starts here.

Academic programs in the college provide students the knowledge and experience necessary to make a difference in enhancing people’s well-being and quality of life. Each of the programs meets or exceeds the standards set for the health and human services disciplines, including national accreditations for medical laboratory science, gerontology, dietetics, nutrition sciences, social work and speech-language pathology.

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BGSU launches School of Nursing

Emphasizing its commitment to creating public good and meeting regional workforce needs, BGSU has launched a School of Nursing through its College of Health and Human Services. The new school will help support the growth of the University’s online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program introduced last year.

BGSU establishes School of Physical Therapy

BGSU is establishing a new School of Physical Therapy within its College of Health and Human Services. Once fully approved, the first cohort will start in Fall 2022. A doctorate of physical therapy will be available to students who hold a four-year degree in physical therapy or comparable coursework.

BGSU announces chief health officer, partnership with Wood County Health Department

Former Wood County Health Commissioner Ben Batey, MPH, RN, has been appointed as Bowling Green State University chief health officer. Batey, who will continue focusing on the public health of Wood County through this growing partnership, will begin his cabinet-level appointment as chief health officer at BGSU on July 27.

Speech-language pathologist benefits from BGSU’s eCampus

Jenna Rayburn Kirk found success and new opportunities through Bowling Green State University’s certificate program in assistive technology. She currently works as a speech-language pathologist at a school district in central Ohio, as well as creates and sells speech therapy resources for other professionals on her blog and Instagram page.

BGSU alumna plays critical role in helping COVID-19 patients recover

Bowling Green State University alumna Sara Houlihan ’09 has found herself on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic as a physical therapist in Ann Arbor, Michigan, helping critically ill coronavirus patients regain the strength to return home and continue their recovery.

BGSU nursing students to enter health care field early to meet demand

Evan Barnett is one of 11 BGSU senior nursing students who will immediately join the health care workforce to help care for COVID-19 patients and others as a result of an executive order issued by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, along with a temporary license from the Ohio Board of Nursing.


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