College of Health and Human Sciences
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!
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.
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.
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.
Read the Strategic Plan 2021 here.
The college has 110 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, 79 special faculty, and 97 temporary faculty.
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, early childhood education, and social work.
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
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 2016-17, the college had more than $7.8 million in research expenditures.
Outreach and 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 here.
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.
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 30,000 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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