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Welcome from the Dean

A brief word from the Dean of the College of Health & Human Services

Marcia Ditmyer PortraitThis is a new year…a new beginning. Things will change. We have accomplished so much during the challenging months of the pandemic – each of us individually, as well as collectively as a community. I am so grateful for your efforts and your dedication. I hope that you are all healthy and safe, and that, despite the challenges we continue to face with COVID-19, you were able to enjoy some well-deserved time away from SVSU and be with your families and friends around the turn of the year.

The COVID-19 challenges of last semester remain with us. On campus, we continue to meet these challenges. We will be started our classes this winter semester as scheduled, face-to-face, on January 10, 2021. The SVSU COVID Action Team continues to meet to review the dynamic environment and is ready to make necessary changes. Please continue to keep a look-out for any changes related to COVID-19.

For those of you joining SVSU for the first time, we are so excited to celebrate you becoming a part of our SVSU family. As I move into my second semester, I continue to embark on my journey with all of you. I am eager to engage in meaningful ways and will do so by scheduling some fireside chats (remotely) with faculty and students this semester. Please keep an eye out for more details.

HHS genuinely values the faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and partners who have shaped who we are today. The theme for 2022 as voted on by the faculty and staff is “Explore new discoveries, technologies, and clinical innovations that transform the future of healthcare delivery.” What differentiates our programs from other schools is the extensive clinical and practical opportunities available for our students, and the belief that you learn best by doing. Our programs use state-of-the-art simulation laboratory centers to allow students to experience real-life scenarios. The collaboration of our programs allows for an interdisciplinary approach to learning that promotes the development and application of what has been taught and learned in new and different ways, thus preparing graduates for careers in new and emerging fields. We will continue to work with our partners to explore new discoveries, technologies, and clinical innovations. It is an exciting time to be a higher education provider for the health professions. Advancements in health technology, improvements in standards of practice, and expanding health care roles continue to create new opportunities for graduates of the health professions. We pride ourselves on the ability to produce highly qualified and competitive candidates that are sought out by health profession employers.

For those looking for an exciting career in health care, we invite you to visit us and experience all or college has to offer. We will continue to cultivate and create new partnerships that can ensure the health and wellbeing of the many communities we serve.
We believe that together we can be better!

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." ~Nelson Mandela

Dr. Marcia Mastracci Ditmyer
Dean, College of Health & Human Services

Contact Us
(989) 964-4145(989) 964-4145
(989) 964-4024


Marcia Mastracci Ditmyer, PhD., M.B.A., M.S.

Acting Assistant Dean

David Peruski, Ed.D., RN

Acting Assistant Dean

Jeremy Knous, PhD.


Health & Human Services Dean's Office, H260
University Center, MI-48710


8:00 am - 4:30 pm