PACS renamed College of Health and Public Service

UNT’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) has been renamed the College of Health and Public Service (HPS).

The college is comprised of seven main academic departments:

Other recent changes:

  • The Department of Community & Professional Programs (CAPP) has closed, and its programs have shifted to other areas:
    • Social Work is now a standalone academic department within the college. The new department will offer a joint master’s of social work degree with Texas Woman’s University beginning fall 2017.
    • Non-profit Studies and Alternative Dispute Resolution are now part of HPS’ Public Administration Department.
    • The Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences (BAAS) degree program and advising unit is moving to UNT New College under the leadership of Brenda McCoy, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Dean of New College. McCoy was the founding chair of CAPP, and as chair, she significantly improved the academic rigor and structure of the college’s BAAS degree program.
    • Thousands of CAPP students have graduated from HPS throughout the years, and we are proud to consider them part of our alumni family.
  • The Department of Disability and Rehabilitation is now the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services (RHS).  The department is launching a Health Services Research Ph.D. degree in fall 2017 with concentrations in Applied Gerontology, Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology and Rehabilitation Science. 

More than 3,500 students are enrolled in the college, which offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as minors, certificates and continuing education programs across a variety of social issues.

Health and Public Service is the third name for the college. It began in 1973 as the School of Community Service and became the College of Public Affairs and Community Service in 2005.

The university will phase out the “PACS” name over the next several months. The college’s addresses, employee email addresses and phone numbers will remain unchanged:


Mailing address:
College of Health and Public Service
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311340
Denton, TX 76203

Physical location:
College of Health and Public Service
University of North Texas
Chilton Hall, Suite 209
410 S. Avenue C
Denton, TX 76201

Phone: 940-565-2239

Fax: 940-565-4663

Email: HPS@unt.edu

Website: www.hps.unt.edu