From the dean: Summer 2017

EvensonHave you heard? PACS is now the College of Health and Public Service.

And with the change, we’re launching the college's eNewsletter. Our students, faculty and alumni are doing great things, and we want to keep you apprised of the latest news. A few times per year, we’ll share quick updates on the college.

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) has been renamed the College of Health and Public Service (HPS). The new name directly reflects the major strengths that the college brings to the university and the community. This change captures the indispensable role that our college is uniquely positioned to play in UNT’s increasingly rapid growth in research, academic excellence, innovation, community engagement and national reputation.

HPS now has undergraduate and graduate programs across seven departments that include Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology, Behavior Analysis, Criminal Justice, Emergency Management and Disaster Science, Public Administration, Rehabilitation and Health Services, and Social Work. 

HPS’ newest additions include a Ph.D. degree in Health Services Research and an MSW program in Social Work that will begin this fall. The Health Services Research Ph.D. degree has concentrations in Applied Gerontology, Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology and Rehabilitation Science. The MSW program is an enterprising joint initiative between UNT and TWU that will capitalize on individual strengths of both universities.

Finally, after serving UNT for almost 40 great years, I will retire as Dean of the college at the end of the summer. Linda Holloway, chair of our recently renamed Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, will serve as interim dean for the 2017-2018 academic year as the university conducts a nationwide search for HPS’ next leader.

Thank you very, very much for all that you do to support our students, alumni and the work of the college.


Thomas L. Evenson
UNT’s College of Health and Public Service