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Health and Human Sciences Building

Interior of the HHS building


Nestled into the mountainside, the four-story, 160,000 sq foot Health and Human Sciences building is home to more than 1,200 undergraduate students and some 300 graduate students. State of the art technology and expanded labs and classrooms are designed specifically for health related teaching and learning.

Classrooms and Labs


Eleven instructional classrooms and seminar rooms spread throughout the building are devoted to the creation of modern student instructional environments. A 100-seat lecture hall is the only instructional area with fixed seating. This room, like several other areas in the building, has videoconferencing capacity. This means that we can engage with speakers from anywhere in the world, who can then interact with students and faculty in the audience. The video feed can be sent live to other places in the building to accommodate even larger audiences, as well as allow parents to view student presentations from home.

Most of the classrooms in the building include a video capture system. This means faculty and students can record their lectures or presentations, and then post them on the internet for online students or to share them with students who are enrolled in later classes.


Simulation Labs: Three simulation labs are designed to provide opportunities for students to practice their clinical skills using patient simulators. Two of the labs are set up like hospital settings and one of the labs is made up to simulate a home environment where EMC professionals are often called upon to respond to medical emergencies.

Patient simulators are used to train students as they practice their assessment and treatment skills on lifelike simulated “patients” without any degree of risk to real-life patients. The manikins mimic body functions, such as breathing and blood pressure, and allow students to practice CPR, intubation, dress wounds, and collect vital signs such as heart rate and rhythm and oxygen saturation. The labs enable students to master a number of new skills as they train for situations and health conditions that may not present themselves during a clinical learning situation.

Physical Therapy & Athletic Training labs: These labs offer students hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment common to everyday clinical practice. These spaces enable students to master orthopedic assessment techniques necessary to diagnose and treat injuries to the head, spine and extremities. These labs also serve as “mediated classrooms” providing the capacity for the use of a variety of technology-assisted instructional and learning strategies by instructors and students.

Additional labs and spaces include the following:
Nutrition Lab
Environmental Health Lab
Etiology Lab
Anatomy Lab
Human Movement Lab
Student Collaboration Area

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