Message from the Dean

Jim CielsaGreetings from the College of Health and Human Services,

The College of Health and Human Services is a very different place today than it was just a few years ago. We recently added two schools – the School of Nursing and the School of Physical therapy – and several other academic programs and degree pathways. Our programs continue to be in-demand, our enrollments robust, and our research productivity and external grant awards continue to increase in number. We have forged numerous new partnerships, engaged friends and added supporters. This is a remarkable period in our college’s history.

Our college offers internships, field placements, research opportunities, study abroad programs, community-based learning and service projects that produce public good and enhance our college’s traditional rigorous academic programs. These activities make our students prepared for life after graduation.

There is much reason for optimism. We are launching an innovative two-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program, the only of its kind in Ohio, designed to make physical therapy education available to students who might not otherwise find physical therapy education attainable. Our new School of Nursing now offers BSN-level nursing education right here on the BGSU campus in beautiful new facilities.

Students and faculty in our college continue to engage in public service. Dr. Kerri Knippen’s research on the prevention of type 2 diabetes is having a big impact for women who experienced gestational diabetes. Our MLS faculty and students are taking a leading role in BGSU’s COVID-19 testing program. Alumna Elaine Bryant was recently named the first Black woman chief of police in Columbus, Ohio, which is a testament to the impact our criminal justice program is having on the law enforcement profession.

This is the College of Health and Human Services – a place where student success is rooted in the efforts of faculty, staff, supporters and alumni. Come see for yourself. Stop by next time you’re in the area. You are a part of what makes the BGSU College of Health and Human Services experience distinctive, and you are always welcome to visit.

Thank you for your continued support of the College of Health and Human Services.

I wish you all health and prosperity.
Jim Ciesla

Updated: 01/26/2022 03:35PM