Health Programs Prepare Graduates to Serve People at All Stages of Life

The College of Education and Health Professions offers many health-related academic degrees and conducts research to improve the health of everyone.

The Epley Center for Health Professions houses two of the most in-demand programs – nursing and communication disorders – at the University of Arkansas. Gifts from longtime donors Lewis and Donna Epley and the Peggy Parks family made the rejuvenated facility on Razorback Road possible. The building dedicated in 2012 contains 45,000 square feet of clinic, classroom and laboratory space.

The mannequins in the high-tech simulation labs of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing display lifelike responses, giving students practical experience with numerous techniques before they go out into the community for clinical rotations. A faculty member monitors the interaction between students and the mannequin after giving the students an assignment, and videotaped footage allows the students and their instructors to watch the learning session later and discuss areas of improvement.

Epley Center for Health Professions

The communication disorders students gain clinical experience working with clients under supervision of faculty members. They evaluate and treat people with conditions that involve hearing loss, central auditory processing, articulation, fluency, voice, language, augmentative and alternative communications and swallowing. The clinic offers an audiology suite with audiometric sound booth and related equipment that allows the program to provide services to people who have undergone cochlear implants to restore hearing.

Faculty and students in the Exercise Science Research Center in the HPER Building are studying how to maximize the body’s health and performance in different environments.

In 2014, the College of Education and Health Professions installed an environmental chamber in the research space in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. The temperature can be set anywhere from 39 to 111 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity levels between 30 and 75 percent. Controlling the environment in this way is critical to the researchers’ ability to collect physiological and psychological data.

Research conducted in the center covers such areas as hydration and heat illness, the role exercise plays in the prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases such as diabetes, concussion, functional fitness in aging populations, physical activity’s effects on young children and the health effects of sitting or standing for long periods of time.

The college also offers degree programs and conducts research in public health and community health promotion, recreation and sport management, counselor education and rehabilitation counseling, and athletic training. A new occupational therapy doctorate offered jointly with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will begin accepting students in the fall of 2020.

The college recently began offering programs in play therapy and adventure therapy.

The rehabilitation counseling program recently completed the first phase of a nine-year longitudinal study of a project to provide paid summer work experiences to youth with disabilities. The $35.7 million federal grant to the College of Education and Health Professions was the largest ever awarded to the University of Arkansas.