Mission statement and goals


Approved 1/9/2015
I. Vision, Mission, Values and Reporting Units


To advance the health and well-being of Arizona, national and International communities through innovative health care and sustainable strategies for disease prevention and health promotion.  

A.  CHHS Mission Statement

The College of Health & Human Services prepares students to become and remain excellent health professionals. The college aims to facilitate high quality learning and education, to advance knowledge and practice in the health professions, and to provide service to improve the health and well-being of the communities served, particularly Arizona residents, Native Americans and individuals considered disadvantaged.

B.  CHHS Values

Excellence in Education

The CHHS is committed to delivering rigorous, evidence-based learning-centered teaching and education that promotes critical thinking and student success to a diverse population of learners, particularly Native Americans and those considered disadvantaged.

Excellence in Service

CHHS is committed to providing meaningful professional service to the university, local and global communities.

Excellence in Research

The CHHS is committed to conducting and disseminating high quality research that advances practice and stimulates innovations in health related fields.


Excellence in education: Respond to the needs of communities served by increasing the number of highly qualified health professionals through innovative and excellent education

  1. Support the evaluation and assessment of program outcomes and student learning aligned with skills of professional practice.
    1. Acknowledge high quality teaching leading to student success by identifying and applying appropriate metrics of teaching evaluation
    2. Meet accreditation requirements or university program outcome assessment standards
    3. Increase the integration of evidence-based practice into teaching and curricula
    4. Maintain or increase the proportion of successfully licensed graduates
  2. Recruit and prepare graduates to work with diverse populations and within global communities
    1. Increase proportion of underrepresented students enrolling and graduating from CHHS programs
    2. Develop curricular opportunities for improving cross-cultural understanding and competence
    3. Develop faculty opportunities to improve cross-cultural understanding and competence
    4. Increase diversity of faculty
    5. Develop programs to support student success, particularly for students considered underrepresented or disadvantaged
  3. Responsibly expand and enhance health professions programs reflecting workforce demands and technological advancements in order to improve health care
    1. Increase number of degrees awarded
    2. Increase new degree offerings through responsible planning
    3. Increase the number of qualified faculty based on an appropriate student/faculty ratio
    4. Increase the number of students and faculty entering health professions, particularly individuals from Native American communities and disadvantaged populations
  4. Develop, integrate and advocate for strategies and health policies supporting interprofessional education and practice

Excellence in Service: Provide service that leads to a healthier world

  1. Collaborate with community partners to lead innovations and/or respond to challenges in order to promote and sustain healthier communities
    1. Provide quality student service-learning opportunities
    2. Support faculty in leadership and collaborative roles with community partners
  2. Maintain and/or increase service activities emphasizing the following:
    1. Native American and other communities comprised of individuals considered disadvantaged
    2. Global engagement activities
    3. State and local communities
    4. NAU and professional communities

Excellence in Research: Cultivate and disseminate research and scholarship

  1. Increase the number of faculty securing external funding
    1. Encourage application for internal funding leading to stronger extramural grant applications
    2. Provide support for faculty (e.g. summer support, release time), regardless of rank or classification, who demonstrate expertise and initiative to prepare grant proposals supporting teaching, research and/or service
  2. Increase the number of faculty conducting and disseminating research
    1. Support academic units and faculty, regardless of faculty classification or rank, in efforts to conduct,  disseminate and translate research into  practice and policy
    2. Increase the number of faculty peer-reviewed publications
    3. Increase the number of faculty publications cited in the literature
    4. Increase the number of faculty involved in dissemination and implementation research in health 
  3. Foster collaborative research within CHHS, Northern Arizona University and among Tribal and state institutions of higher education and community partners
    1. Increase the number of faculty engaged in inter- and intra-professional research collaboration
  4. Prepare the next generation of clinical scholars to advance high quality research in the health professions
    1. Increase the number of faculty mentoring students in scholarly pursuits

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