University of Utah College of Health

Interest in physical health was the catalyst for the development of many of the disciplines that over the decades have become the seven academic units of the College of Health. The College has made a transition from the traditional “Health, Physical Education, and Recreation” model to a now critical member of the schools, colleges, and clinical programs of the U of U’s Health Sciences.

One of the largest colleges at the University of Utah, we serve over 3000 undergraduates, and nearly 800 graduate students. The Departments of Exercise and Sport Science, and Health Promotion and Education are in the top ten undergraduate degree-awarding programs on campus. Striving for academic excellence, several programs occupy high national rankings in their respective areas: Speech and Hearing Science (6); Parks, Recreation and Tourism (10); Physical Therapy (14); and Health Promotion and Education (20).

The College of Health is a critical component of the Health Sciences Center’s mission to, “improve individual and community health and quality of life through the provision of care, discovery of new treatment modalities, and providing access to care for the populations it serves.” We offer an exciting and challenging learning environment current and responsive to our role in this mission, particularly as it relates to the promotion of health and recovery from disease.

As health care transforms, our talented faculty, staff, and students play an important role managing and promoting health and wellness in myriad ways from advocating for healthy environments, promoting physical activity and good nutrition across the lifespan, to providing rehabilitation services for those with disabling conditions.

Message from the Dean

I am delighted to welcome you to the College of Health. The College has seen many changes since its early days but has remained true to its original interest in the health and well-being of our society. I am proud of the many accomplishments of our talented faculty, staff and students and am confident that you will find a place here in our college. Whether you are looking for a student centered undergraduate degree program in a health-related field, plan to pursue a career in research, or are considering a professional program in the health sciences, the college of Health has something to offer you. We encourage inter-professional approaches to learning and value innovation.

Significant changes are coming to health care and the College of Health is poised to make a meaningful contribution. Whether the priority is keeping people well and maximizing overall health, or assisting people with chronic illness to live more productive and quality lives, it is clear that graduates of the many different programs in the College of Health are well-positioned to meet these challenges. I hope you will take the time to get to know our programs on our web pages and then contact us with your questions and comments.

Come explore what we have to offer!

Robin Marcus, PT, PhD
Interim Dean, College of Health