Welcome from the Dean

photo of dean james dennistonThank you for your interest in the College of Health, Education, and Human Services (CHEH) at Wright State University. We hope you are excited about the opportunities and experiences that await you in our programs.

You can pursue undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees, minors, and professional certificates and endorsements in our four schools and seven academic departments. While these programs are diverse in scope, you will find one unifying focus—helping you graduate and begin a lifelong career serving others. CHEH helps broaden the definition of “health” by incorporating the health of communities and organizations as well as individuals.

If you are searching for higher education that offers high-impact learning experiences and research opportunities, you will find it in CHEH. For instance, a state-of-the-art simulation lab supports students in our nursing program. Our Office of Partnerships and Field Experiences coordinates field placements for teacher candidates and collaborates with school partners to help provide experiences that benefit both the practicing teachers and their students.

You will benefit from our partnerships with local schools, hospitals, health agencies, and organizations that provide you options for internships, co-ops, student teaching, nursing clinicals, and other real-life work experiences.

Our goal is to get you out into the workforce as quickly as possible with the hands-on experience you need to successfully begin your career. And, you’ll have academic advisors and a career consultant to help guide you on this path from student to professional.

Please schedule a visit to our campus soon. We would love to meet you, answer your questions, and let you see for yourself that CHEH is made up of unique people—all committed to your success.

James Denniston, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health, Education, and Human Services

James Denniston, Ph.D., became the founding dean of the newly reorganized College of Health, Education, and Human Services in June 2022. He previously served for 23 years in a variety of roles, including chair of the Department of Psychology, at Appalachian State University.


The College of Health, Education, and Human Services at Wright State University is one of 39 out of 51 teacher preparation institutions in the state of Ohio accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Our entire educator preparation program has NCATE accreditation and full approval by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) .

Our Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Sports Science is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). 

These voluntary accreditations assure our current students and our alumni that when reviewed and evaluated by external associations, our programs are considered excellent and are based on the best current available research to guide professional practice.

The college has been proud to be a member of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER) since 1993 and has recently assumed the role of administrative host of the NNER. The dean participates on the NNER Governing Council and Executive Committee.

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