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Welcome to the
College of Health and Human Services!
The College of Health and Human Services is about people and helping them to live happier, healthier and safer lives.
The College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) accounts for approximately 25% of the student enrollment of our nationally-leading student-centered university. CHHS degrees provide a quality, hands-on education that prepare students for careers upon graduation. Full-time undergraduate students can graduate within four years and graduate degrees can often be earned in two or less years.
Our faculty are nationally and internationally renowned for research and were prepared in the world's most prestigious institutions including our own highly rated UCs as well as Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard. CHHS Faculty are passionate educators and their classes are designed to provide practical learning experiences. Most students complete field work and/or internships as part of their degree program. Under the leadership of Dean Monica Lounsbery, CHHS is driving educational innovation to advance transformational learning through interdisciplinary collaborations and community partnerships.
Departments and Degree Options
The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management (CCJEM) offers 6 degree pathways for both undergraduate and graduate candidates that prepare students to work in a variety of fields including: law enforcement, the courts, community and correctional institutions, and disaster recovery services. The criminal justice career sector is among the fastest growing in the United States. Learn more.
Median annual wage for Criminal Justice Workers
- Criminologists (sociologists): $82,050
- Corrections and bailiffs: $44,400
- Forensic science technicians: $58,230
- Police and detectives: $63,380
The median annual wage for emergency management directors:
- CA: $118,320
- US: $74,420
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) offers 9 degree pathways for undergraduate and graduate candidates that prepare students to work in a variety of fields including: child and family studies, consumer affairs, family life education, fashion design, fashion merchandising, food science, nutrition and dietetics, gerontology, and hospitality management.
Median annual wage for Hospitality Management workers:
- Foodservice: $54,240 CA
- Lodging: $57,390 CA
- Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners: $49,370 US
According to Payscale, the annual salary range for a Director of Hospitality is $36k - $97k plus bonuses ranging from $2k - $12k.
Regional and corporate management positions have higher levels of salary depending on the scope of responsibilities.
Median annual wage for Fashion Design workers:
- CA: $95,250
- US: $72,720
Median annual wage for Child and Family Development workers:
- Childcare providers: $25,100 CA, $23,240 US
- Preschool teachers: $37,850 CA, $29,780 US
- Center directors: $47,940 US
- Salary can range across private, public and nonprofit sectors
- Salary is often based on education and experience
Median annual wage for Nutrition and Dietetics workers:
- CA: $74,060
- US: $60,370
The Department of Health Care Administration offers 4 degree pathways for both undergraduate and graduate candidates which prepare students to work in the business side of health care.
Health care administrators create and implement policies and procedures, supervise staff, manage finances, and maintain records to improve health care services. Students who pursue this degree often have the highest paying jobs after finishing college. Learn more.
Median annual wage for Health Care Administration workers:
- CA: $125,770
- US: $99,730
The Department of Health Science offers 3 degree pathways for both undergraduate and graduate candidates.
Health Science professionals help increase access to health services and provide health education in both community and school settings. Health Science workers conduct research and educate people in their community to prevent health issues and promote wellness. Students who pursue their degree in Health Science often find jobs working in hospitals, local and county health departments and agencies and in schools. Learn more
Median annual wage for Community Health Science workers:
- CA: $49,260
- US: $46,080
Median annual wage for School Health Education workers:
- Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers: $57,980
- High School Teachers: $60,320
The Department of Kinesiology offers 10 degree pathways for both undergraduate and graduate candidates that prepare students for work in sport and rehabilitation programs, gyms, schools, hospitals and clinics. Learn more
Median annual wage for Athletic trainers:
- CA: $49,400
- US: $47,510
Median annual wage for Exercise Science Professionals:
- CA: $89,030
- US: $49,270
Starting Median annual wage for Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education teachers:
The School of Nursing has 5 degree pathways for both undergraduate and graduate candidates that prepare students to work in a variety of clinical positions including: Emergency Department Registered Nurses (RNs), Oncology RN, School Nurse, Public Health nurse. Learn More
Median annual wage for Registered Nurse:
- CA: $106,950
- US: $71,730
Median annual wage for Nurse Practioners:
- $113,930 per year
- $54.78 per hour
The Department of Physical Therapy offers the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Suggested undergraduate degree for this pathway is Kinesiology Bachelor of Science with an option in Exercise Science.
Students who pursue their degree in physical therapy have a passion for helping people with injuries and health conditions improve their movement and reduce pain. Physical therapists are highly-educated healthcare professionals who diagnose, treat and prevent mobility problems. Learn more
Median annual wage for Physical Therapists:
- CA: $93,100
- US: $87,900
The Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration (GCPPA) offers the master's degree in Public administration, along with 3 graduate certificates.
Students who pursue their graduate degree in Public Policy and Administration have a passion for making a large impact on the community. Public administrators lead and manage public, community-based and non-profit organizations. Learn more
Median annual wage for Public Administrators:
- CA: $64,000
- US: $60,000
The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) offers 5 degree pathways that prepare students for work in parks, sports facilities, community centers and other institutions. Learn more
Median annual wage for Recreation Workers:
- CA: $47,680
- US: $25,060
Median annual wage for Recreation Therapists:
- CA: $68,630
- US: $47,680
The School of Social Work has 3 degree pathways for both undergraduate and graduate candidates that prepare students for a variety of settings in the social work field.
Students who pursue their degree in Social Work have a passion for enhancing the well-being of vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities. Social workers provide meaningful service to the community as practitioners, leaders, and social justice advocates. Learn more
Median annual wage for Social Workers:
- CA: $72,200
- US: $49,470
The Department of Speech-Language Pathology offers 3 degree pathways that prepare students in to work in a variety of clincial settings that help people with communication disorders.
Median annual wage for Speech Language Pathologists:
- CA: $72,200
- US: $49,470
Average salaries for Speech Language assistants with a bachelor's degree who work in Speech Language Pathology offices: