College of Health & Human Services

College of Health and Human Services

CHHS offers graduate and undergraduate degrees that combine the Jesuit liberal arts with unmatched professional practice and teaching expertise.

About the College of Health and Human Services

The College of Health and Human Services five guiding principles, listed below, ensure CHHS students graduate with a degree that is not siloed within their discipline, but appreciative of others within their college, community, city, and region, developing skills through meaningful experiential opportunities offered at multiple points in the student's educational career.

These principles are designed to educate the student beyond the typical classroom experience and are meaningful and impactful in a way that influences the student's performance in the "real world" as they develop into a person who is a thoughtful, analytical, reflective, and confident individual.


Why Earn a Degree from CHHS at RU?

A degree from CHHS at RU not only includes evidence-based curricular content but is built upon active-learning techniques including simulation, hands-on activities, and service learning.

Each program offers a unique set of opportunities that encourage students to apply the concepts learned in the classroom with the real world. Our programs have partnerships with clinical sites, schools, and other community facilities for our students to take their learning to a new level. Several of these allow for student experiences outside of the Kansas City area providing a more enriching and diverse experience. International experiences are available for some programs in CHHS.


Each of our graduate programs were awarded full accreditation from their respective professional accrediting agency.

CHHS Vision & Mission

We aspire to transform and strengthen the learning, health and well-being of our dynamic society.

As a learner-centered, service and community-minded college, we develop reflective leaders in health and human services who are ethical, inclusive and compassionate professionals.

Five Guiding Principles

These five principles weave through the curriculum of each program:

  • Interprofessional experiences
  • Creation or use of evidence via research
  • Service using gifts and talents
  • Communication and collaborative skill-building opportunities
  • Inclusion and diversity appreciation

Contact Us

College of Heath and Human Services
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-501-4767
Fax: 816-501-4165


Each year, the College hosts a speaker on campus to discuss issues related to current trends in health or human services.

2019 Speaker: Sarah Mai, MOT, OTR/L

Hosted by the Department of Occupational Therapy
On Sept. 19, 2019, Sarah Mai presented a talk entitled "Innovative Leadership in Community-based Practice" in Arrupe auditorium. View presentation

2018 Speaker: Interdisciplinary Panel

Hosted by the College of Health and Human Services
On Sept. 20, 2018, Rockhurst faculty from a variety of disciplines participated in a panel discussion around the causes and treatment of concussions. Following the panel, breakout sessions focused on clinical and K6 classroom care for concussions.

2017 Speaker: Holly Godfrey, ’02

Hosted by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
On Sept. 28, 2017, Holly Godfrey spoke about her role as founder and CEO of Catalyst Scrubs – a fair trade medical apparel company that partners with women in need around the world to provide sustainable, fair-wage jobs.

2016 Speaker: Cole Galloway, Ph.D., PT

Hosted by the Department of Physical Therapy
On Sept. 29, 2016, Dr. Cole Galloway, physical therapist, neuroscientist and founder of the GoBabyGo! movement, discussed emerging technology he hopes will empower people to create their own world through mobility.