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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). The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The School 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 Professions. On this campus, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences joins the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health-Indianapolis, 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; by 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, 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.  The principal goal of our school's faculty is to educate the next generation of practitioners and researchers.

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 health opportunities in undergraduate and graduate professional education.

To promote excellence in education, research, and service, the School 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 maintain up-to-date 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 provides our students with 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 rewarding employment sectors. The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences strives to provide our students with the most comprehensive educational experience that will help them realize their educational and career goals.

Dr. Augustine Agho, Dean

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

February 3, 2014