UVU Launches New College of Health and Public Service

University Marketing & Communications: Layton Shumway | (801)-863-6863 | LShumway@uvu.edu

Written by: Kaitlin Taft | (801)-863-7771 | KTaft@uvu.edu

 In an effort to better serve Utah Valley University’s growing student body by more evenly distributing academic responsibilities, the University has created a new college focused on health professions, public and emergency services, and aviation.

The College of Health and Public Service (CHPS) comprises 14 different schools, departments and major programs, including two graduate programs and five online degrees. Areas of study within the new college include Allied Health, Aviation Sciences, Criminal Justice, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Services, Forensic Science, National Security Studies, Nursing, Public Service and Public and Community Health. CHPS is also home to the Utah Law Enforcement Academy, the firefighting Recruit Candidate Academy (RCA) and the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy (UFRA). Its newest offering, a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, will welcome its inaugural cohort this month and is the only one of its kind in the state.

“As a teaching university with a focus on inclusive, engaged, and serious learning, we are proud to offer students an academic community that embodies these important values,” said UVU senior vice president for academic affairs Jeff Olson. “The College of Health and Public Service is a collection of some of UVU’s most experiential and dynamic degree programs and will no doubt serve as a springboard for growth and student success in the future.”

“It is no exaggeration to say the degrees and certificates offered by CHPS are in high demand by industry and communities,” said David McEntire, founding dean of the new college. “Fortunately, the administration, faculty and staff in the College of Health and Public Service are dedicated to addressing these important needs in society. Our instruction is superb, and the hands-on, engaged learning environment we provide ensures our graduates leave with coveted certificates and a quality education. In short, CHPS is the solution to many of the problems the world is facing today.”

An open house celebrating the creation of the College of Health and Public Service will be held the morning of October 12, 2017 in the Health Professions Building on the university’s West Campus in Orem. UVU President Matthew S. Holland will be in attendance along with faculty, staff, students, and community partners of the college. The public is invited to attend this event and to learn more about UVU’s newest college by visiting uvu.edu/chps.


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