Health and Human Services

World class training for helpers and healers.

Professionals in health and human services are usually driven by a unique gift — a desire to serve humanity in a way that takes strength, tenderness, insight, and empathy.

Personalized care

The Democrat and Chronicle reports that as part of post-stroke rehabilitation, client Doug Volland improves his speech by dictating recipes for a food blog to a speech-pathology student. The blog was the idea of a Nazareth student, building on Volland's love of cooking. Volland gets physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services at Nazareth's clinics.

Defying the Odds

    Students and clients benefit from the hands-on clinical experience.

    Helping the Homeless

    During Project Homeless Connect Rochester, Nazareth social work students and faculty match struggling people with the help they need to get back on their feet.

    Tinisha Baxter

    Tinisha Baxter ‘17, nursing and public health

    It bothers me to see people suffer,” says Tinisha Baxter ‘17, who’s completing her bachelor’s in nursing degree through Nazareth’s weekend, accelerated track.

    Conner Burry, Music Therapy

    Conner Burry '17, music therapy

    Music therapy student shares his experience in the clinics, classes and hands-on experiences >>

    Clubs and Organizations

    Take part in a club or organization on campus, such as:

    • Association of Social Work Students
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders Association
    • Community Youth Development Collective
    • Nursing Club
    • Physical Therapy Club
    • Student Occupational Therapy Association
    Professor Lisa Durant-Jones loves working closely with students.

    Helping Patients Transform

    Lisa Durant-Jones, professor of communication sciences and disorders and director of the speech-language pathology graduate program

    "Some people think that in a professional program, you just learn a set of skills. But our students get so much more. They learn to understand the rich theory, research, and knowledge base behind what we do with our clients. They begin to value diverse perspectives and approaches. Often they see that there is not simply one right answer." 

    Kelsi Barinhold, Nazareth College, Occupational Therapy

    Kelsi Barnholt '18, occupational therapy

    “It bothers me to see people suffer,” says Tinisha Baxter ‘17, who’s completing her bachelor’s in nursing degree through Nazareth’s weekend, accelerated track.

    Liz David, Global Service,

    Global Service

    Nazareth nursing and social work students travel to Belize and Kerala to take part in international service learning.

    Jesse Cruz '16

    Jesse Cruz '16, community youth development

    Jesse Cruz '16, community youth development major, says that Marie Watkins, Ph.D., his professor and director of program, has been a role model and mentor who's helped him build his character. "It's not about the grade," he says. "It's about the kind of person you're becoming. That's going to carry you way further in life." He believes the world needs more teachers like her, and he hopes to become a teacher himself. Cruz' story >>

    Clinicals in the community

    Nazareth communication sciences and disorders students design and execute community programs, such as the partnership between the School of Health and Human Services and Mary's Place.

    Employers and graduate schools of health and human services graduates

    • American Red Cross
    • Boston College
    • Brighton Central School District
    • Center for Disability Rights
    • Cincinnati's Children's Hospital
    • Community Place of Greater Rochester
    • Cornell University
    • Drexel University
    • Florida State University
    • Gallaudet University
    • Giant Steps Autism Treatment, Connecticut
    • Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital
    • Greece Central School District
    • Highland Hospital
    • Hillside Family of Agencies
    • James Madison University
    • Johns Hopkins Hospital
    • Learning Disabilities Association
    • Mercy Flight Center
    • Monroe County Department of Human Services
    • NYS Office of Children and Family Services
    • Northeastern University
    • Penn State University
    • Pirkanmaa Hospital, Tampere, Finland
    • Pittsford (N.Y.) Central Schools
    • Planned Parenthood
    • Preferred Care
    • Rancho Los Amigos, CA
    • Rochester City School District
    • Rochester General Health System
    • Saint Barnabas Medical Center, NJ
    • Stepping Stones Learning Center
    • SUNY Upstate Medical University
    • St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
    • Syracuse University
    • U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • United Cerebral Palsy Association
    • University of North Carolina
    • University of Rochester Medical Center
    • Villa of Hope
    • Veterans Outreach Center
    • Visiting Nurse Service
    • West Palm Beach Hospice

    TEDx Talk with Cathy Rasmussen, speech language pathology

      Dr. Rasmussen explains cued speech and how it could help you make a better connection with others.



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