What we aim to do:
The School of Health and Human Sciences makes a difference to the health of the nation by working with public services to continually improve the experience of service users, carers and those who work with them.
How we are achieving this aim:
The School of Health and Human Sciences has, at its heart, a commitment to making a difference to the local, national
and international public services through education, research and knowledge transfer.
Collaborative working with
partner organisations is critical to delivering our unique product and ensuring that it is fit for purpose. In addition, innovative teaching and progression routes ensure that we offer a wide entry gate into an academic environment.
We are based both in Colchester and Southend which is a significant strength in growing a student body. We will increasingly offer our services from both campuses, delivering
foundation degrees to
research and consultancy where they are most needed.
A key feature of our School is a strong partnership with a range of health and social care agencies. Our teaching has grown out of joint-working with our
Partner Organisations and Fellows based in practice environments, to ensure that the professional courses we offer are relevant, timely and equip students with appropriate professional competencies.
We also engage with health and social care issues in our research activities and offer extensive research support to health and social care staff via the
Research Development and Support Unit.
We provide pre-registration Bachelors and Masters degrees in
Speech and Language Therapy, which offer a fast-track accelerated route to the respective qualification. These innovative programmes encourage multidisciplinary working and are at the forefront of training health care professionals. We also offer a range of post-registration
professional training programmes at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels.
We also have two foundation degrees,
FdSc Health Sciences and
FdSc Oral Health Sciences,
and two new undergraduate degrees in Sports Therapy and Social and Community
Development, all with a strong health theme, offering progression to the fast track MSc's.
The School also hosts a growing number of PhD students with
University Scholarships available for exceptional Postgraduate students.
Members of our staff include clinically qualified lecturers in Adult and Mental Health Nursing, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy as well as Health Psychologists, Medical Sociologists, Social Policy, Informatics and Management specialists. The multi-disciplinary nature of the School and rapid growth have fostered a dynamic and innovative learning environment. Learning and teaching reflect our commitment to the establishment of an active dialogue with students and engagement with them in a supportive and professional manner.
We have a first rate research profile and specialisms include the application of psychology and sociology to real-world problems, the understanding of health risks and risky behaviour, social exclusion, mental health, learning difficulties, substance misuse, gerontology, chronic illness, service evaluation, informatics and evidence-based practice.