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College of Health Sciences & Human Ecology

Dr. James Barta

Dean, College of Health Sciences & Human Ecology (interim)

Office of the Dean
Sattgast Hall 347
Phone: (218) 755-2965

1500 Birchmont Drive NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

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Focusing on People, Communities and Civic Engagement

The College of Health Sciences and Human Ecology (HSHE) is home to five departments whose programs focus on people, communities and civic engagement.

The college's programs prepare students for professional careers in the behavioral, social and health sciences. Our students develop the abilities to become professionals who communicate effectively, analyze and process complex information, contribute creatively and adapt to a rapidly changing world.

Preparing Global Citizens

While we encourage students to select studies that will lead to professional careers, the college recognizes the importance of preparing students to live in a global and highly technological society.

Our graduates obtain a high quality, professionally and personally relevant education built on a strong liberal education core. This foundation provides students with an understanding of global perspectives, cultural diversity, technologies, human behavior and responsible citizenship upon which they can develop their careers and their future as global citizens.

The college's focus on attention to student service, outreach and research is evident. Collectively, HSHE promotes a culture of assessment, accountability and achievement in meeting national standards for those seeking a state of the art program.

Faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching and to the general understanding of the behavioral, social, and health sciences. Besides dynamic classroom studies, students have the opportunity to extend their learning by participating in a variety of laboratory activities, targeted field trips, regional and national sports organizations and venues, research projects, internships, and other clinical and practical experiences.

The college's five departments offer the following majors:

Minor programs offered by the College that do not correspond to major field names include:

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The College of Health Sciences and Human Ecology embraces a deep respect for the individual, a holistic approach to education, dedication to science and service, and a commitment to the betterment of communities.


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