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Welcome to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences!

Dean's Remarks

Thank you for your interest in the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS),  located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The SHRS is one of the oldest allied health academic units of its type in the country and has provided leadership in health and rehabilitation sciences, as well as research and education, to the citizens of Indiana, the region, and the nation for more than 35 years. In 1967 the school was one of 13 allied health units from across the country to participate in the planning and formation of the field's national professional society-the Association of Schools of Allied Health Programs. On this campus, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences joins the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work to form the IUPUI Academic Health Center, one of the largest academic health centers in the country.

Perhaps our most cherished asset is the quality of our students. The school's graduate professional programs are among the most competitive for admission at Indiana University, and the grade point average of students selected for our professional programs routinely ranks among the highest on the university campus. Our students' commitment to excellence is expressed in many ways: individual and collaborative research initiatives, national awards, service to the community, presentations at regional and national conferences, and pass rates on certification/licensure exams that exceed national averages, to name only a few. Our students come to us from many backgrounds, and upon completion of their studies, they seek careers in a wide variety of settings to promote the health and well-being of residents of Indiana, the region, and the nation.

The school's faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally for their contributions. They serve on national licensure boards and are leaders of national professional societies, reviewers for federal granting agencies, and invited speakers. Their research findings are published in the best journals in their disciplines, and they routinely serve as consultants to community agencies, state and national health care facilities, and corporations. But their principal goal is to educate the next generation of practitioners to effectively function in the health care environment of the future.

The services offered by the school facilitate our student-centered approach to learning. Advising starts as soon as a student indicates a desire to study in one of our educational programs. Our Office of Academic and Student Affairs sponsors important student events in combination with its statewide advising network and is the entry point for learning more about our outstanding opportunities in undergraduate and graduate professional education.

To promote excellence in education, research, and service, the SHRS maintains strong relationships with a variety of critical constituent groups. Our alumni activities keep our graduates involved with charting the future of the school. We improve facilities and offer scholarships through generous donations from alumni and friends of the school. The school's collaboration with other academic units promotes creative research and teaching opportunities, and our affiliation with over 500 health care facilities gives students unique educational experiences. Moreover, the involvement of associate faculty is essential to fully implement the school's curriculum. We are proud of these relationships and continue to seek other collaborative opportunities.

Health care delivery in this country is undergoing dramatic change, but it remains one of the most personally fulfilling professions, and we know that most of our students pursue it with a sense of mission. The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences strives to provide a comprehensive educational experience that helps students realize their educational and career goals.

Dr. Augustine Agho 
Dean, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences