College of Health, Education and Human Development

College-wide Priorities

The complex challenges facing society demand multi-faceted and integrated entrepreneurial, programmatic and policy approaches to their resolution. The College is uniquely positioned to provide leadership in these integrated approaches at the local, state, national and international level through innovative education, research and service.
Education is the responsibility of the entire community and requires integrated strategies involving a broad range of developmental ecologies, including the family, schools, neighborhoods, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, and other public and private institutions. Educational benefits and developmental outcomes are maximized when community institutions work together. The College emphasizes a holistic approach that provides opportunities, technologies, programs and services for enhanced physical, affective, cognitive and social development across the lifespan.


Health spans a continuum from acute or chronic illness to wellness. Both personal and population health are affected by a broad array of determinants, including individual behaviors and lifestyle factors, genetics, family, community and culture, social and economic forces, and public and personal health systems (e.g., access, quality and safety). The College emphasizes community health promotion and prevention, and quality patient care to engage individuals, families, communities and populations in optimizing physical and mental health.


The environment includes natural, built and social dimensions. Healthy environments are essential to sustain individual, family, neighborhood and community well-being and quality of life. All environmental issues are fundamentally based on human and societal choices that affect resource quality and preservation, personal health, sense of pride in community, and economic development. The College fosters solutions to troubling environmental issues that require more than technical approaches. Resolving these issues requires changes in human behavior and collaboration between individuals and organizations across public and private sectors.


Healthy and sustainable communities assure the physical, social and economic well-being of their residents. These communities demonstrate the value of mutual assistance by creating opportunities for social engagement and support. They foster a strong, local economy predicated on principles of fairness, justice and respect for the environment. The College promotes the development of sustainable communities that demonstrate transparent governance, a commitment to diversity, broad civic engagement, and respect for equal opportunity in the political, economic, organizational and social life of residents.