Message from the College of Health and Human Services Dean

Jennifer Friend

Welcome to the College of Health and Human Services at Rockhurst University! Our purpose is to transform and strengthen the learning, health, and well-being of our dynamic society through developing leaders in health and human services who are ethical, inclusive, and compassionate professionals.

I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our undergraduate and graduate degree program offerings. Undergraduate students can contact our Office of Admission to learn more about RU and CHHS. If you are interested in our graduate programs, we encourage you to attend an information session. We also welcome you to schedule a time to visit our beautiful 55-acre campus, located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri.

The expert and caring faculty and staff within the College of Health and Human Services facilitate active learning experiences that support the goal of a Jesuit education to promote intellectual growth and reflection leading to action.

Students enrolled in CHHS programs are engaged in dynamic, interprofessional experiences through collaboration with clinical and education partners. Unique service learning opportunities occur through connections with more than 100 local organizations in need and service trips within the U.S. and in locales such as Ecuador and St. Lucia.

In short, the journey to become a leader committed to excellence and social justice in health and human services begins with you. We are ready to serve as you to take the first step toward achieving your goals.


Jennifer Friend, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Health and Human Services