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About the Community/Public Health Collection

The College of Applied Health Sciences can trace its roots back to 1895 when the department of physical training was formed.  In 1932, the School of Physical Education was established, consisting of three Departments: Physical Education for Women, Physical Education for Men, and Health Service.  The Department of Health and Safety Information was established in 1957 and was later called Health and Safety Studies.  It was renamed Department of Community Health in 1992 and merged with the Department of Kinesiology in 2005.  Today, the department supports programs in all aspects of health, rehabilitation, and human movement from the cell to society, all of which balance health theory with practical experience through field placement and research.  Selected programs include an interdisciplinary health undergraduate program and an accredited Master of Public Health degree.  The original Physical Education Library was established in 1949 in Room 104 of the Main Library; the first doctoral degree in physical education was awarded the same year.  When the northwest addition to the Main Library was completed in 1964, the Physical Education Library was moved to a new, larger space in Room 146.  The name of the library was changed in 1975 to match the name of the college: Applied Life Studies.  The name was changed again in 2006 to Applied Health Sciences. The AHS Library’s collection and services were merged with others to form the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) in 2012.

Please direct all comments or requests for information to SSHEL, sshel@library.illinois.edu or 217-244-1864.