IUPUI has appointed Rafael Bahamonde acting dean of the School of Health & Human Sciences, effective July 1 when the school officially opens.

He is currently interim dean of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management. The new School of Health & Human Sciences realigns PETM and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. A search for a permanent dean will begin in the fall.

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is a leader in graduate health and rehabilitation sciences, preparing students for practice in those fields while impacting countless lives through its community-engagement initiatives and research. Its many studies include examining the effects of exercise on health conditions affecting millions of Americans.

The School of Physical Education and Tourism Management is the oldest academic unit at IUPUI. It has an expansive focus on wellness, which includes exercise science, physical education, fitness management and personal training in addition to sports management and tourism, conventions and events management. The school also has administrative oversight of IUPUI’s Army ROTC program and IU’s Camp Brosius.

Faculty and staff from the two schools came together in early 2017 on a task force to explore the possibility of realignment, and when a report was shared at a joint meeting of both schools in August, there was wide support for the conversations to continue. In early November, faculty and staff from each school voted on the proposal to become one school. It passed by a wide margin.

Departments from PETM and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will remain within the new School of Health & Human Sciences, and currently enrolled students will find that courses, curricula, degree requirements and degree names will remain the same. There are also no immediate plans for relocation of personnel or programs. Instead, among the first orders of business for the new school will be to align policies and procedures and create committees and bylaws while continuing to come together as one unit.

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