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Why HSS at URI?

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A health studies major without the clinic.

Maybe you want to make a positive impact on the future of health care, but you don’t want to become a doctor or nurse. Our innovative health studies major may be just the thing for you. It’s designed for non-clinical careers in global and environmental health, health education and promotion, and health services management. This interdisciplinary degree program will prepare you for a range of such careers as patient education and worksite wellness, healthcare policy and government, pharmaceutical sales, healthcare marketing and public relations, and much more.

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Industry-standard technology.

Listening to a heartbeat is cool and all, but we’ve got a lot more than stethoscopes here. Kinesiology and physical therapy students enjoy technology that lets them assess lung and cardiac function, measure and analyze body composition, study muscle power and movement velocity, examine the effects of aging on body tissue, and much more. And in textiles, students are learning on industry-standard CAD systems for clothing design and inkjet fabric printing systems.


World class faculty.

Ever thought about inventing a wound dressing that prevents infection or a synthetic nano-artery? Professor Martin Bide does (a lot). Assistant Professor Julie Coiro helps teachers embrace technology in their classrooms through best practices in digital literacy. Professor Margaret Ordonez is called upon from around the world to help identify and restore archaeological textiles and to preserve historic fabrics. In fact, many of our faculty are some of the biggest thinkers in their fields.

Kinesiology students teaching child to surf

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom.

We think some of the best learning happens outside the classroom, and our location minutes from the coastline and driving distances to Providence and Boston opens up a world of learning spaces. You might head to a local beach to teach special needs children how to surf, or to one of our nationally accredited child development centers. Our Couple and Family Therapy Clinic is the only systemic outpatient mental health center in Rhode Island, and we (that means you) serve our community in our speech and hearing centers and physical therapy clinics too. You might even find yourself abroad working at a fashion house in Paris or Milan.

Sara Sweetman with Sesame Street puppet

Teaching is serious fun here.

No matter what you want to teach, from music to physical education to science, math or technology, you’ll learn creative and innovative teaching methods to inspire your students from some of the best. Like Professor Sara Sweetman, who appeared in four episodes of Sesame Street teaching science. Or Professor Bill Molloy, who began The Africa Teacher Foundation to train Kenyan and East African educators.

Textiles student with mannequins

There’s more to fabric than fashion.

Fashion design is certainly one reason to study Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (TMD), and we’ve plenty of fashion graduates designing their own successful lines of handbags, headbands, and clothing, and working for the likes of Jones New York, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren. But design is only the “D” in TMD. We also have fully equipped textile testing and conservation laboratories, where you might analyze archaeological fabrics or do forensic testing for the Rhode Island crime lab, and the largest Historic Textile and Costume Collection in the world.

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