College of Health, Education and Human Development

About HEHD

A Brief Overview

In 1992, the University Board of Trustees initiated a restructuring of the entire campus. Nine separate colleges existed at that time. When the restructuring process was completed in 1995, these nine colleges had been reconfigured into five units. The College of Health, Education, and Human Development (HEHD) emerged from this restructuring as an entirely new entity, which included the Eugene T. Moore School of Education. In 2014, the University Board of Trustees began the process of making the Eugene T. Moore School of Education its own college, and subsequently removed from the College of HEHD. As it stands today, the college is comprised of academic and non-academic units.  The academic units include:

HEHD Motto

“The Engaged College with a Personal Touch”

Our Vision

The College will be the innovative force for creating collaborative models to enhance individual, family and community health and well-being, providing a foundation for social and economic development.

Our Mission

The College will be recognized for innovative and multidisciplinary instruction, research, and outreach/service that supports and enhances human capabilities across all life stages and environments by preparing skilled professionals and creative leaders and by building healthy, well-educated communities.

Our Priorities

The complex challenges facing society demand multi-faceted and integrated entrepreneurial, programmatic and policy approaches to their resolution. The College is uniquely positioned to provide leadership in these integrated approaches at the local, state, national and international level through innovative education, research and service.
Education is the responsibility of the entire community and requires integrated strategies involving a broad range of developmental ecologies, including the family, schools, neighborhoods, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, and other public and private institutions. Educational benefits and developmental outcomes are maximized when community institutions work together. The College emphasizes a holistic approach that provides opportunities, technologies, programs and services for enhanced physical, affective, cognitive and social development across the lifespan.


Health spans a continuum from acute or chronic illness to wellness. Both personal and population health are affected by a broad array of determinants, including individual behaviors and lifestyle factors, genetics, family, community and culture, social and economic forces, and public and personal health systems (e.g., access, quality and safety). The College emphasizes community health promotion and prevention, and quality patient care to engage individuals, families, communities and populations in optimizing physical and mental health.


The environment includes natural, built and social dimensions. Healthy environments are essential to sustain individual, family, neighborhood and community well-being and quality of life. All environmental issues are fundamentally based on human and societal choices that affect resource quality and preservation, personal health, sense of pride in community, and economic development. The College fosters solutions to troubling environmental issues that require more than technical approaches. Resolving these issues requires changes in human behavior and collaboration between individuals and organizations across public and private sectors.


Healthy and sustainable communities assure the physical, social and economic well-being of their residents. These communities demonstrate the value of mutual assistance by creating opportunities for social engagement and support. They foster a strong, local economy predicated on principles of fairness, justice and respect for the environment. The College promotes the development of sustainable communities that demonstrate transparent governance, a commitment to diversity, broad civic engagement, and respect for equal opportunity in the political, economic, organizational and social life of residents.

Our Goals

  • Ensure academic excellence and programs of distinction at the undergraduate and graduate levels through the incorporation of the HEHD Guiding Principles and Dispositions.
  • Secure and allocate resources to support research and scholarship that advance the knowledge and distinctiveness of HEHD.
  • Increase the number and quality of graduate programs and increase external funding support.
  • Advance HEHD collaborative areas through interdisciplinary teaching, research and service/outreach with emphasis on diversity, global competitiveness and economic development.
  • Develop and sustain quality alternative delivery systems.
  • Attract, recruit and retain quality faculty, staff and students with a focus on increasing percentages of diversity.

Our Guiding Principles and Dispositions

  • The College of Health, Education, and Human Development strives for excellence in teaching, research and outreach/service while developing human potential.
  • Our teaching prepares skilled professionals and creative leaders.
  • Our research validates the creation of national models for “best practices” and policies.
  • Our outreach/service provides research-based programs and services.
  • Our faculty, staff and students’ professional development adds value to the college.

Through its programs in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, the School of Nursing, the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and other support units, the College of HEHD strives for excellence in teaching, research and outreach/service while developing human potential. HEHD strives to educate leaders who are prepared to create and administer integrated education, health and human service systems. These leaders will be capable of bringing the collective resources of the community together to address the concerns and challenges facing many citizens of South Carolina.

Dispositions are determined by what we value. These include working collaboratively, leading creatively, demonstrating resilience and an entrepreneurial spirit, possessing ethical conduct, possessing global perspective, becoming lifelong learners, appreciating diversity, and understanding the complex global economy.

HEHD will prepare professionals who, in addition to content knowledge and skills, hold these six dispositions:

  • Possess skills necessary to work collaboratively with individuals, families and community groups from diverse backgrounds.
  • Possess skills necessary to lead effectively and creatively in complex and changing environments and to become agents of change.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, resilience, adaptability, caring, ethical decision making and ethical conduct.
  • Possess knowledge of organizational behavior and how governance and systems work.
  • Engage in professional development for continual growth and lifelong learning.
  • Attain a global perspective and level of knowledge and skill necessary to succeed in a complex global economy.

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