Ferris State University Big Rapids MI College

Dean's Welcome

Matthew Adeyanju, Dean It is my pleasure to welcome you, as the Dean, to the College of Health Professions (CHP).  This is an exciting time in health care as the advances in technology and innovative ways to deliver health care create new and expanded roles for health care providers on a continual basis.  Herein CHP we pride ourselves for our ability to stay abreast of those changes as we deliver programs that are both relevant and rigorous,designed to achieve the goal of preparing graduates to make significant contributions to the delivery of health care for diverse populations.  I am very proud of the quality of programs that we currently deliver as well as the programs we are planning to launch to meet the health care workforce demands.

CHP offers more than 12 clinical and non-clinical certificate, associate, bachelors and graduate degree programs to about 3000 students.  CHP is dedicated to preparing the next generations of health care professionals in such programs as clinical lab sciences, dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, health care systems administration, health information management, health information technology, molecular diagnostics, nuclear medicine technology, nursing, radiography, respiratory care, and public health. Our professional preparation and training in these programs provides innovative academic instruction, clinical experiences and service learning community engagements.  We believe in inter-professional education and practice and we emphasize the importance in our preparation and training through collaboration with various disciplines and healthcare providers and facilities. I hope you will find one of these programs to be of interest to you.

This year I am excited to tell you that we are launching public health as a brand new discipline in the College. The undergraduate program (BSPH) will start in the 2014-15 academic year and the graduate program (MPH) will launch in the 2015-16 academic year.  This year a new concentration/minor in Lean Health Care will be available as well as a new concentration in Long Term Care both offered in conjunction with the Health Care Systems Administration program. There are plans for future graduate programs to include a master’s in health care administration (MHA), a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) and a master’s in health informatics.  Look for more information on those programs in the coming year.

All of these new initiatives reflect the priorities outlined in the strategic plan we are finalizing for the College. Those priorities include goals to address the ongoing needs for: Provision of Quality Education, Student-Centeredness, Qualified Faculty, Diversity, Enrollment Management, Primary Health Care, New Programs, Collaboration through Inter-professional Education (IPE) and Professional Development. From my view these are the contemporary areas that a College of Health Professions should be addressing.  The faculty, administration and staff of CHP are collectively committed to these priorities and goals and it is a pleasure for me to lead such a collaborative and innovative academic college.

I hope by this welcome remarks to our website, I have been able to answer some of your questions regarding the College of Health Professions at Ferris State University.  If you wish to pursue dynamic careers in the health care fields, I encourage you to explore our website and contact us chp@ferris.edu. You will not regret your professional preparation and training with us. The education and experience with us will lead to a life-long challenging health career. I hope that I have the opportunity to meet you as a CHP student and to eventually shake your hand as you cross the stage to receive your degree in one of our programs.

Thanks for your interest in our College.

Sincerely,

Matthew Adeyanju PhD, MPH, MCHES.

Dean

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