About UNT’s College of Health and Public Service
The College of Health and Public Service (HPS) at the University of North Texas prepares graduates to address complex social issues such as aging, disability, disaster, criminal justice, cultural disparities employment, health, public administration and public safety. We have seven academic departments with undergraduate and graduate programs, the Center for Public Management, the UNT Speech and Hearing Center, the Collegiate Recovery Program and a number of professional development and clinical training programs.
HPS students train to become educators, researchers and professionals who strengthen our communities by serving as audiologists, behavior analyists, city managers, emergency managers, health care administrators, public safety administrators, public health specialists, rehabilitation counselors, speech language pathologists, social workers and more.
TO ALL HPS STUDENTS
Dear Students, Let me start by saying I hope you are safe and healthy. I know that this has been a very unconventional year to say the least and that you probably have a lot of questions about the upcoming fall semester. I’m here to assure you that we are here for you in the College of Health and Public Service. We want to make sure you have as much information as possible, and all of the tools necessary to make this a successful semester.
While we had little time to adjust modes of instruction due to the pandemic in the spring, I am confident that we will continue to provide you with the top-tier education you expect and deserve this fall.
As a university, we believe approximately half of our classes will be available in a face-to-face format this fall. The remaining classes will be offered remotely or online. Although there are additional details to work out, I anticipate the fall schedule will be finalized in the next few weeks.
We are looking forward to having students, faculty, and staff back on campus again. To make sure we are keeping everyone as safe as possible, this may look a little different than what we enjoyed before the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, we are mapping existing courses to new rooms and in some cases new times. These changes are to accommodate social distancing; the typical classroom will be able to accommodate approximately 25-40% of normal capacity. We have secured additional spaces typically used for meetings and events and will be scheduling these for instructional use. The university will continue to hold classes six days a week just as we have in the past, but will teach more classes later into each day and on Saturday.
In reference to remote and online courses, we are investing in training and technology that will continue to improve the quality of instruction.
We will be opening the UNT Speech and Hearing Center so that our audiology and speech-language pathology students can continue to get the hands-on learning they need in our clinics. Also, the Chilton Hall computer labs will be fully operational so that you can use all of the services they offer, and conveniently check out laptops from the kiosk on the second floor.
For those of you who are returning to campus, we’re excited to see you again! We are doing everything we can to ensure your health and safety, and to abide by CDC guidelines. As such, the university has posted signage around campus to remind you of social distancing recommendations and other safety measures. You’ll notice that some classrooms have specific entrances and exits, and that there may be designated traffic flow patterns for you to follow, such as one-way designations for rows of seating. All classrooms also will be sanitized after each use, and other measures will be taken to keep all of you safe.
Also, the university has announced that students will not return to campus for classes after the Thanksgiving holiday. The end of the semester and all final exams will be conducted remotely. This will not change our start date of August 24.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to adapt to the pandemic. Stay safe and healthy, HPS family, and we wish you the best this coming semester.
Dean Neale Chumbler
College of Health and Public Service
UNT's College of Health and Public Service (HPS) takes academics beyond the classroom and into the community through hands-on experience across a variety of social issues.
Chilton Hall 289
UNT College of Health and Public Service
Chilton Hall, Suite 289
410 S. Avenue C
Denton, TX 76201
UNT College of Health and Public Service
1155 Union Circle #311340
Denton, TX 76203