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Welcome from the Dean

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

Marcia Ditmyer Portrait

Welcome back! I hope that each of you had a wonderful break and enjoyed special time with your family and friends. Time away from our everyday tasks can be very restorative, with renewed enthusiasm and vigor.  

For those of you joining SVSU for the first time, we are so excited to celebrate you becoming a part of our dynamic community. As you begin the new year, I hope you take time to reflect on who and what is important to you. Leading the Crystal M. Lange College for Health and Human Services remains an honor and privilege, and I appreciate all of your contributions that allow us to thrive, grow, and advance into the future. This past year was a very special year for me with memorable moments. I want to thank all the faculty and staff for their unflinching support over this past year and the dedication to seeing through the vision of HHS. We will face many exciting changes as we begin 2023, starting with our new president, Dr. George Grant, Jr.   

As our college explores new opportunities, such as a part-time nursing program, new credentials/ badges, with the first badge in cardiology in January 2023, and cooperative agreements with hospital systems and community colleges, we have much to look forward to. We are seeking accreditation for our Exercise Science program, with the initial site visit in January. We will also be revamping the nursing program to meet the new essentials (competencies) and preparing for their next accreditation site visit. We are looking to make changes in our MSOT program, with dual entry points and seeking approval for a doctoral program (OTD).  Social work will be coming up for their accreditation in the next few years as well, thus will be working diligently on their self-study. And lastly, Health Sciences is starting a graduate certificate in public health.  

I also recognize the fundamental importance of maintaining a healthy balance for all of our faculty, staff, and students. We will continue to advance our wellness and DIEBA initiatives into 2023.  I look forward what 2023 will bring our college, and the university.  

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

Catherine A. Macomber, PhD., LMSW

Acting Assistant Dean

Jeremy Knous, PhD.


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


8:00 am - 4:30 pm