College of Health to Realign Effective July 1, 2016

College of Health Realignment Chart

To enhance opportunities for students and faculty to engage in interprofessional education, research, and practice, the College of Health is engaging in a realignment of its seven departments and divisions to five departments, effective July 1, 2016. This will also facilitate interdisciplinary research within the Health Sciences Center and with the broader academic community on the University’s Main Campus.

The image depicts the primary programmatic results of the realignment: First, a Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology will be created. Second, the entry-level Athletic Training Education Program and Graduate Studies in Sports Medicine program will move to Physical Therapy to create a Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. Third, the Therapeutic Recreation program will join Occupational Therapy to create a Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies. Finally, the programs that remain in Exercise and Sport Science, Health Promotion and Education, and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism will merge into a Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation. (Note: the term Kinesiology will replace Exercise and Sport Science for the Department and all degree programs).

The realignment of the college necessitates the migration of some academic programs and provides opportunities for the creation of others. The approval process for these program changes is currently under review and final approval is anticipated for the 2016 fall semester.

Prospective students should plan to matriculate into the academic programs and departments depicted in the Figure 1. Currently enrolled students (admitted for enrollment no later than the 2014-15 academic year) have the option of continuing under the structure in which they were admitted or transitioning their program of study according to the realigned College.

Nutrition and Integrative Physiology

Occupational and Recreational Therapies

Physical Therapy and Athletic Training