Frequently Asked Questions About the CEHHS

When did the School of Education (SOE) change to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS)?
The U-M Board of Regents approved the name change of the college in December 2012. The change went in to effect on September 1, 2013.

Why has UM-Dearborn changed the name of the college?
UM-Dearborn changed the name of the college after extensive marketing research into current and future demand for skills in the health care sector. The university already offers courses that could be applied to health and human services degrees and has faculty expertise to further develop undergraduate and graduate degree programs that will meet work force demands and student interests. The university will draw upon existing expertise and courses available across the sciences, education, engineering, humanities and business as it creates new CEHHS programs.

The CEHHS already has strong partnerships with Oakwood Health Care System. CEHHS’s Early Childhood Education Center partners with Oakwood’s Center for Exceptional Families in jointly funded research that focuses on inclusive medical and educational best practices in a classroom setting. This type of partnership will continue to be expanded and integrated into the new college.  

This change will also allow UM-Dearborn to grow enrollment and provide programs that are in high demand in southeast Michigan.

I am currently a senior in the CEHHS, expecting to graduate by winter semester 2014. How will the change to the college impact me?
There will not be any impact on you at all. Graduation requirements will not change and your completed course work will be applied toward your degree as appropriate.

Your diploma will read – College of Education, Health, and Human Services beginning with the December (fall) 2013 graduating class.

I have established strong relationships with CEHHS faculty. Do you anticipate any changes in faculty?
No. The CEHHS faculty will continue to teach in their disciplines.

What programs are available as of September 1, 2013?
UM-Dearborn already has an academically challenging and well-respected teacher preparation program, which consistently achieves “exemplary” designation—the highest granted by the Michigan Department of Education.

There were no changes to existing teacher preparation programs.

The university currently offers the following health-related programs:

  • Health policy studies (undergraduate level), currently available through the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL).
  • Psychology with a concentration in Health Psychology and Clinical Health Psychology (graduate program), currently available through CASL.
  • Pre-med (undergraduate level) advising and a suggested curriculum is also available.

Students interested in the above programs should follow the current admissions and enrollment procedures.

When will additional programs be available in CEHHS?  Why would UM-Dearborn change the name of the college without having new programs available at the time of the name change?
Any time a university changes programming in a college, especially a change of this magnitude, it takes time. The U-M Board of Regents approved the college name change in December 2012. This action set into motion many processes that need to occur to fully complete the transition and begin offering new health and human services programs. The name change was needed to allow UM-Dearborn to begin the search for a new CEHHS dean to lead the college. The Regental action also allowed for the ability to openly communicate about the vision for the college and begin developing new programming.

UM-Dearborn envisions the following programs, some undergraduate and some graduate, will be available by the fall 2014 semester:

  1. Health Informatics.
  2. Evaluation & Improvement (health care, education and human services).
  3. Public Health.
  4. Health Behavior & Health Education.

In addition, the CEHHS hopes to have an option that will allow undergraduates to design their own specialization that blends attention to the domains of education, health, and human service. More details about this self-designed degree option will be available in fall 2013.

Students interested in the above programs are encouraged to begin their general education courses until program specific courses are available.

Will CEHHS offer internships, co-ops and other career development opportunities?
UM-Dearborn is known for its vast variety of internship and community-based outreach programs. CEHHS will also offer students a variety of job and career-related opportunities to gain practical industry knowledge and experience including internships, co-ops and other career-related programs.

The CEHHS already has deep relationships with Oakwood Health Care System and this partnership is only expected to grow with the development of CEHHS.

I am interested in human services programs. When can I expect to see new degree programs in this in area?
UM-Dearborn continues discussions with the University of Michigan-Flint, for a potential partnership, to offer accredited social work programs to UM-Dearborn students.

I am a high school senior interested in becoming a teacher. What do I need to do?
On your UM-Dearborn application indicate your major.

I am a high school senior interested in the proposed health and human services programs. What do I need to do?
On your UM-Dearborn application select the appropriate major or select undecided.
Continue to inquire with advising staff regarding the availability of health and human services programs.

I am a transfer student from a community college or another university interested in becoming a teacher. What do I need to do?
On your UM-Dearborn application indicate your major.

I am a transfer student from a community college or another university interested in health and human services programs. What do I need to do?
On your UM-Dearborn application select the appropriate major or select undecided.
Continue to inquire with advising staff regarding the availability of health and human services programs.

How will UM-Dearborn/CEHHS communicate changes and updates related to new programming?
Once new programs are finalized, students will receive an email from the college.
New information will frequently be posted on the CEHHS website home page.
Students are also encouraged to inquire about changes with their academic advisor.