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Message from Dean Elgloria Harrison

Elgloria-HarrisonWelcome to the School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing (HS2N) at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

The core of the mission of our School is to educate students and promote and improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and groups in a diverse global community, with a special emphasis on urban communities. To realize our mission, HS2N promotes community partnerships and experiential learning opportunities for our students with long-standing collaborations with exceptional hospitals and community-based organizations throughout the Bronx, New York City, and beyond.

Health care is undergoing major transformation in the US. In 2018, health care became the largest source of jobs in the United States. Of the 10 jobs that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will see the fastest percent growth from 2016-2026, five are in health care and elderly assistance. The health care sector is projected to account for a third of all new employment. Students in HS2N programs are well positioned to enter the health care and human services workforce in a variety of roles. Our students are well prepared to have a meaningful impact on the health and well-being of people in the Bronx and beyond.

It is an exciting time to be at the forefront of research, service, and the educational and professional training of health professionals and research scientists. Here in the Bronx, HS2N serves as a leader in the education of health care professionals thanks to the long traditions of excellence in the Departments of Nursing, Social Work, Health Sciences, and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences that comprise the School. Allow me to highlight some key facts about our school.

  • Dr. Catherine Alicia Georges leads the Department of Nursing which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary at Lehman College offering undergraduate and graduate programs, including a fully online RN-to-BS program. Each of the undergraduate nursing programs as well as the Masters nursing program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This fall, we welcomed the first cohort of our newly approved Doctor of Nurse Practice program (DNP).
  • Dr. Carl Mazza leads the Department of Social Work which offers an accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) degree to complement its longstanding undergraduate program that has been fully accredited since 1983. The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Dr. Gul Tiryaki-Sonmez leads the Department of Health Sciences which offers undergraduate and graduate programs representing some of the fastest growing majors in the College and nationwide. This department is home to the Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship, both accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). While we highlighted our accredited programs, we are very proud of the work of the faculty and staff in Exercise Science (masters and bachelors), Health Services Administration (bachelors), Health Education and Promotion (masters and bachelors), Dietetics, Food, and Nutrition (bachelors), Nutrition (masters), Recreation Education (masters and bachelors), and Therapeutic Recreations (bachelors).
  • Dr. Cheryl Smith-Gabig leads the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and is home to a growing Speech and Hearing Center that provides high quality, low cost clinical services to the community. Our graduate Speech Language and Hearing Science Program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

The Chairs, faculty, and staff of each of these departments have done extraordinary work to establish excellence in their programs.

As Dean of HS2N, I welcome you to learn more about our diverse undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs and visit our beautiful campus in the Bronx