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Welcome to the Department of Human Development and Family Science

Human Development and Family Science students understand the developmental stages of humans from birth to aging adults as well as the importance of family relationships. They are caring, hard-working and service oriented. Hands-on classroom experiences and research opportunities for Early Childhood Education graduates prepare them to be some of the most highly sought after professionals in early childhood education. As a nationally-approved program leading to the Certified Family Life Education (CFLE) credential, Child and Family Services graduates are well prepared to provide support and service to the communities where they are employed. Students in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education option gain interdisciplinary knowledge and skills they will apply in secondary (grades 7 – 12) schools (FACSED) or county Cooperative Extension Service (FCSES) work.

Department News

National Institutes of Health awards Oklahoma State University $11.3M Grant to Establish Children’s
Collaboration includes researchers from OSU’s Center for Health Sciences, colleges of Human Sciences and Education and University of Oklahoma.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded an $11.3 million Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) grant to establish the Children’s Health Equity Solutions Center (CHESC) through Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.
As Early as First Grade, Children with Severe Obesity Are More Likely To Be Ostracized
Childhood obesity has almost quadrupled among 6- to 11-year-olds since 1980. Today, approximately one in 20 children in the United States is severely obese and this public health threat costs the U.S. government billions of dollars annually. A new study has found that as early as first grade, severely obese children are more likely to be withdrawn and show signs of depression. They are also less liked by their peers, and more often picked on, teased, and made fun of than their classmates of healthy weights.
Human Sciences faculty and students honored for volunteer efforts
When Oklahoma State University’s Service Learning Volunteer Center recognized faculty and students for their volunteer efforts recently, the College of Human Sciences was well represented. Dr. Mary Ruppert-Stroescu received the Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty award and the Human Development and Family Science Club received the Outstanding New Program by Students Award.

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