Introducing the College of Health and Human Services

On June 1, 2019, the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University became the College of Health and Human Sciences.

From 1918 to 1963, the college evolved from the Division of Home Economics to the College of Home Economics. In 1985, it became known as the College of Human Ecology. I remember that name change as the tagline was “The New H.E.” The foundation of the College of Health and Human Sciences dates back to 1873 when the first women’s course was offered at then Bluemont Central College.

“We are extremely excited about the new name of the college,” said John Buckwalter, Betty L. Tointon dean of the college, in a news release this past winter. “Even with the new name, we continue to celebrate our rich history which remains part of our being. The motto of the college, ‘In a world focused on things, we focus first on people,’ has not changed. This is simply the next chapter in our history as we continue to discover, disseminate and apply knowledge to meet basic human needs and improve the human condition.”

The news release went on to explain, “While the name is new, the College of Health and Human Sciences will continue to offer its programs through the School of Family Studies and Human Services and departments of Hospitality Management; Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health; and Kinesiology. The college is making plans to add a fifth licensed health professions program, which will join the current programs in dietetics, athletic training, speech pathology, and couple and family therapy.”

The name change was approved by the Council of Chief Academic Officers at the Dec. 12, 2018, Kansas Board of Regents meeting. The current tagline is “New college name, same great programs!”

In a May 23 K-State news release, it was announced the college has recently received approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to officially begin a Master of Science in physician assistant studies program in 2021.

“Recognizing the primary care provider shortages in the state of Kansas and the outflow of Kansas State University students to professional schools, the college began to explore launching the physician assistant program in 2017. Currently, Wichita State University has the only physician assistant program in the state,” the release stated. “The 27-month, full-time graduate program, leading to a master’s degree in physician assistant studies, consists of three semesters of classroom instruction, followed by 15 months of clinical training. Physician assistant students will complete approximately 2,000 hours of hands-on clinical experiences, through 11 rotations at various clinics and hospitals across the State of Kansas, and beyond. Renovations are currently underway to provide adequate space for the program, which will be in Mary and Carl Ice Hall on the Manhattan campus.”

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Nancy Nelson is the Meadowlark Extension District agent in the areas of family and child development.

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