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Purdue University. College of Health and Human Sciences



  • Existence: 2010-

Historical Information

The College of Health and Human Sciences was established on July 1, 2010 and is comprised of nine academic units. These include the Departments a/or Schools of: Consumer Science; Human Development and Family Studies; Health and Kinesiology; Health Sciences; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Nursing; Nutrition Science; Psychological Sciences; and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The College also added a separate Graduate Program in Public Health in 2014. Prior to the merge, these programs were housed in three colleges: the College of Liberal Arts, the now defunct Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences and Consumer and Family Sciences.

The former College of Consumer and Family Sciences enjoyed a long tradition at Purdue University. Its first iteration was the Department of Household Economics which began in 1905 within the School of Science. In 1926, the Department expanded and was established as the School of Home Economics. Finally, the School transitioned to the College of Consumer and Family Sciences in 1976, a move that significantly increased enrollment by male students.

These changes in structure and name reflect the college's ability to evolve and change with the times, as well as the demands and needs of students. Today the college joins health and human sciences scholars to adress issues that are "vital to enhancing quality of life.


Sego, Mary A. Finding Aid to the College of Health and Human Sciences records. Karnes Archives and SPecial Collections, Purdue Libraries, West Lafayette.

College of Health and Human Sciences: Making Lives Better. Accessed at,

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Cleo Fitzsimmons papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 73
Overview The Cleo Fitzsimmons papers documents Fitzsimmons' career as a professor and department head in Home Management at Purdue University. Materials include correspondence, photographs, awards, publications, and faculty hood belonging to Fitzsimmons.
Dates: 1928 - 1998; Majority of material found within 1950 - 1970

Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Extension Administration records

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20120522
Dates: circa 1930 - 2000

Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences records, addition 07

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20200206