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Aug 20, 2019

Transforming the CHHS of Today to the CHHS of Tomorrow

Sponsored Content provided by Charles Hardy - Founding Dean and Professor, UNCW College of Health and Human Services

Since the founding of the College of Health and Human Services in 2010, more than 6,500 students have graduated in the fields of health and applied human sciences, nursing and social work – and are now making a difference in the health and quality of life in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.
 
As the College of Health and Human Services approaches its 10th year, we celebrate the accomplishments of our students, staff and faculty and we look forward to constructing our future. Supported through the successful passage of the Connect NC Bond, UNC Wilmington broke ground on Veterans Hall in January 2018.  This innovative new 145,000 square foot facility, slated for completion in 2020, will provide space to:
 

  1. Leverage the student experience in and out of the classroom.
  2. Engage with the community by providing collaborative space for shared ideas to be implemented off campus.
  3. Continue to advance our research and service portfolio through state-of-the-art technologies.
 
Veterans Hall will house existing health and human services degree programs and new programs under consideration such as healthcare administration, respiratory therapy, speech language pathology and physician assistant studies.  In addition to the CHHS programs, faculty and staff from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Office of Military Affairs will occupy space in the facility supporting our commitment to interprofessional collaboration.  
 
Additional laboratories will allow students to practice skills, giving them the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom through hands-on experiences, peer to peer activities in laboratory settings, standardized patient experiences, simulation learning and real-world client interactions. These practice opportunities prepare our graduates to join tomorrow’s health and human services workforce.
 
Veterans Hall will improve and expand instruction, research and scholarship, service and student experiences by offering:
 
  • An interprofessional applied learning laboratory, an intentionally-designed applied learning experience that is shared across disciplines. This will leverage the expertise of faculty and staff and create opportunities to work in the community and bring the community to UNC Wilmington.
  • Additional classrooms of varying sizes, which allows for growing and new programs.
  • Problem-based learning spaces that will allow faculty to explore new teaching methods, work with students to debrief learning opportunities to ensure consistent learning outcomes and will also serve as additional study and learning spaces outside the classroom.
  • A future human cadaver laboratory that will provide active learning opportunities to students in current degree programs, such as athletic training, nursing and exercise science and future degree programs, such as physical therapy.
  • Dedicated spaces for the Center for Healthy Communities and the Center for Workforce Development.
  • Expanded Student Success Center and Student Learning Commons
 
Veterans Hall serves to help the College of Health and Human Services continue to create transformative learning experiences, advance knowledge through research and scholarly activity and engage local and global communities.    
 
To learn more about the College of Health and Human Services and its initiatives, please visit uncw.edu/chhs

The College of Health and Human Services consists of three professional schools - School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Social Work - and employs more than 250 full and part-time staff and faculty and enrolls more than 4,000 students in 16 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Hardy serves as chief academic, fiscal and administrative officer of the college, which is responsible for educating students across the health and human services programs. To learn more about the UNCW College of Health and Human Services, visit www.uncw.edu/chhs. Questions and comments can be directed to [email protected].

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