College of Health and Human Sciences

About Us

Welcome to the College of Health and Human Sciences! Our goal is to help students learn to apply creative interdisciplinary research to solve social problems. In our College, students have the opportunity to apply state-of-the-art technology and integrated problem solving skills to real world situations. Whether the field is education, individual and family development, health or human services, housing, or design, the programs in the College of Health and Human Sciences strive to eliminate health, educational, economic, and social disparities to improve the quality of life for all people.

For prospective students, if you enjoy working with people - this is the college for you! We are human-centered with a focus on educating students for people oriented professions. We want you to have a rewarding and memorable experience at Colorado State University!

Vision

The College of Health and Human Sciences will serve as a global leader in optimizing the health, well-being, and positive development of people and communities.

Values

We are committed to principles of equity and inclusive excellence in all that we do. These values guide our work in the College: Accountability; Community Engagement; Creativity and Discovery; Diversity; Entrepreneurship; Ethics, Integrity and Social Justice; Excellence; Innovation; Respect; Student-centricity; Teamwork and Collaboration.

Mission

With a commitment to the principles of equity and inclusive excellence, the College of Health and Human Sciences provides transformative academic, research, and outreach programs that promote the health and well-being of people, their environments, and communities in which they live.

Strategic Plan

Read the Strategic Plan 2021 here.

Leadership

The College of Health and Human Sciences is led by Dean Jeff McCubbin. Click here to read a message from Dean McCubbin. Learn more about College Leadership here.

Quick facts about the College of Health and Human Sciences

Undergraduate Students

  • The College of Health and Human Sciences has the highest undergraduate enrollment of all colleges on CSU's campus with 4,187 students.
  • Our College is home to some of the most popular undergraduate majors. These departments have the largest number of undergraduate majors at CSU: Health and Exercise Science (#2), Human Development and Family Studies (#6), Construction Management (#9), Food Science and Human Nutrition (#10), and Design and Merchandising (#14).
  • Last year, we awarded 1,034 Bachelor's degrees, the second largest number at CSU.

Graduate Students

  • The College has the third largest graduate student enrollment of any college at CSU with 578 students.
  • Last year, the College awarded 342 master's degrees and 49 doctoral degrees, ranking second in both catagories.

Rankings

  • Department of Occupational Therapy ranked #6 by U.S. News and World Report
  • Department of Occupational Therapy ranked #1 for "Top Occupatonal Therapy Programs for Educational Quality" and #6 for "Best Occupational Therapy Programs for Value" by GraduatePrograms.com
  • Master’s in Social Work (MSW) ranked #60 graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report Best Grad Schools (in the top third)
  • Online MSW program rated #9 by BestColleges.com
  • Department of Design and Merchandising ranked #16 in the nation for interior design by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) 2015
  • Department of Design and Merchandising ranked #16 in the nation for apparel design by Fashion-Schools.org
  • Department of Design and Merchandising ranked #9 in the nation for merchandising by Fashion-Schools.org

Faculty

The College has 121 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, 47 special faculty, and 104 temporary faculty.

Undergraduate Programs

The College of Health and Human Sciences offers a variety of undergraduate majors: construction management, apparel and merchandising, interior design, family and consumer sciences, fermentation science and technology, nutrition and food science, hospitality management, health and exercise science, human development and family studies, and social work.

Graduate Programs

Each of the academic units in the College has a program leading to the master's degree and several offer a Ph.D. option. For detailed information about graduate programs consult individual department/school descriptions in the Graduate and Professional Bulletin and at the Academic Programs link for the College. Click here to learn more about our Academic Programs.

Online and Distance Degree Programs

Research

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s leading research universities. College faculty members are actively engaged in research, tackling critical issues on a wide range of human concerns from diabetes, heart disease and childhood obesity to child development and educational reform, to sustainable design and healthy aging. Students (both graduate and undergraduate) have the opportunity to work alongside faculty and participate in cutting-edge research. In FY 2014, College faculty members received 85 research awards, totaling more than $4.9 million.

Engagement

The College of Health and Human Sciences houses 20 different Institutes, Centers, and Special Units designed to provide a broad range of outreach activities in keeping with our land-grant heritage and the University goal of applying intellectual and academic resources to social, economic and community development in Colorado, the nation, and the world. Our faculty members are engaged in real-world partnerships which assist our fellow citizens, and provide our students with unparalleled learning opportunities. More information on our outreach activities can be found at http://www.chhs.colostate.edu/engagement/centers-institutes.aspx .

Student Leadership Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students to develop leadership skills, combine fun with learning, develop their skills through internships and service learning projects, and make valuable contacts with potential employers. These include:

For example, members of the Dean's Leadership Council learn how to use initiative, team-building, and communication for successful leadership.

Integrated Technology

The College is committed to ensuring the best possible experiences for students by integrating industry-specific technologies into programs from apparel design to construction management. By working with faculty, students, and industry leaders, the College offers an exciting, real-world experience in the application of technology throughout our curriculum. Students have access to many technology-related services, software, and equipment in the CHHS Computer Labs located across campus. In addition to computer lab access, students also have access to services and applications via the College's Citrix system—a web-based portal that allows access to a virtual desktop.

About Fort Collins

Colorado State University, which has a total enrollment of more than 27,000 full-time students, is located in Fort Collins, 60 miles north of Denver. The community of about 150,000 is situated along the beautiful front range of the Rocky Mountains. Other major employers in the community include Hewlett-Packard, LSI Logic, Agilent Technologies, Advanced Energy, Kodak, Anheuser-Busch, and Poudre Valley Hospital. There are also several state and federal research agencies in Fort Collins that contribute to the intellectual environment of the university. These include the State Forest Service, the US Forest Service, the US Geological Survey, the National Wildlife Research Center, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The University of Colorado in Boulder, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Denver University in Denver, the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and the University of Wyoming in Laramie, are all within a one-hour drive. In addition to the many and varied cultural activities sponsored by the University, the community offers a center for performing arts, a symphony orchestra, repertory theater, choral society, and dance company. The city operates an indoor Olympic-size pool and ice arena, other indoor and outdoor pools, five public golf courses, and sponsors, through its Parks and Recreation Department, a cornucopia of leisure-time activities. Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest are within 30 miles of Fort Collins. Fort Collins has been consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S.

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