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Dean’s Welcome

Dr. Carl Mattacola

Dean of Health and Human Sciences

Welcome to the School of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) at UNC Greensboro. I am thrilled to be joining such a vibrant and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff who value outstanding teaching, research, community engagement, and service.The School of HHS is among the largest of the University’s seven academic units, with eight departments and over 50 concentrations and certificate programs. It’s a school with a true “culture of care.” Through the pedagogical expertise and translational research and scholarship of the faculty and staff, students are provided the tools and knowledge to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities.

The three cornerstones of UNCG’s strategic plan are health and wellness, vibrant communities, and global connections – all of which encompass each and every program in HHS.

I was drawn to the school’s commitment to a STUDENT FIRST approach. HHS is committed to diversity and inclusion, care and respect for communities, and equitable partnerships in service and research with the community. We provide a diverse perspective and reinforce a culture of acceptance. In today’s world, success is no longer determined by the completion of a degree. Individuals with a multi-disciplinary and collaborative, service-oriented mindset are needed. HHS will prepare you with hands-on experiences to navigate this new world, and its challenges, with critical thinking, an open mind, and resilience.

Our dedicated and experienced faculty are nationally and internationally recognized, with programs that consistently appear at the top of the list in national rankings. They engage undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in a love of learning, the creation of new knowledge, a spirit of entrepreneurship, and a commitment to our vision of making the world better, safer, healthier, and more just.

Faculty in HHS are deeply engaged in research, working directly with undergraduate and graduate students on projects examining some of today’s most pressing problems, including sexual and reproductive health, obesity prevention, child care quality, and injury risk, prevention and rehabilitation. Many of these research projects engage community participants and offer insights into improving health and well-being. And many of these projects are externally funded, another point of pride among our esteemed faculty.

As Chancellor Gilliam has said, UNCG is at an inflection point, “poised to become a national model for how a university can blend opportunity, excellence, and impact to transform the lives of individual students while at the same time making a major contribution to the prosperity of the state.” I cannot think of a more appropriate time to join the HHS community. Along with my background as the associate dean of academic and faculty affairs in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky, I bring a fresh perspective and energy to feed off of the momentum set by UNCG.

I invite you to explore HHS and all that we have to offer. More information on each of our departments and programs can be found on our website.

As I was recently reminded, “No matter your background, degree(s), or professional and personal interests, we all need health and wellness!” UNCG HHS provides that expertise!

Yours in health,

Carl G. Mattacola, PhD
Dean

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