Kinesiology Building

About the College

The mission of the College of Health and Human Development is to prepare students to thrive in a globalized era in their chosen field.  We provide education, conduct research, and engage diverse communities to advance human health, development, and well-being.


  • Student-centered faculty are recognized for their outstanding teaching and cutting-edge research
  • Graduates from nationally recognized programs obtain high scores on certification and licensure exams
  • Well-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms support student learning
  • Highly regarded degree programs provide meaningful career opportunities in important areas of need
  • Programs meet rigorous national accreditation standards. Major accrediting bodies for the College include:
    • American Commission of Midwifery Education (ACME), approved by the National Certification Corporation (NCC)
    • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
    • California Board of Registered Nursing
    • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
    • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Council in Education for Public Health
    • Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs
    • Council on Social Work Education
    • Council for Standards in Human Services Education

Statistics: The College of Health & Human Development (HHD) is one of eight Colleges on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. Statistics shown are for Fall 2018 (except where indicated otherwise):

  • 6,859 students were enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs for the 2018-2019 academic year
  • HHD welcomed 246 international students
  • The ethnic distribution of our student body is 46.4% Hispanic, 22.7% Asian/Pacific Islander, 17.7% White, 4% Multi-race, 3.6% International, 3.3% Unknown, 2.2% Black, and 0.1% American Indian
  • The College is made up of 225 Full Time Equivalent Faculty with a Student/Faculty Ratio of 20:1 (Fall 2017 data)
  • In the 2017-18 academic year, we graduated 1,958 undergraduate students and 319 graduate students

Organizational Structure:  The College of Health & Human Development is comprised of the following eight divisions:

  • The Department of Child & Adolescent Studies provides undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills to interact effectively with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of educational and service settings. (BS Degree, Minor)
  • The Department of Counseling is committed to training competent professionals who are eligible for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. (MS Degree, LMFT and LPCC Licensure)
  • The Department of Health Science bridges the gap between scientific discoveries and the application of this knowledge to improve the quality of people’s lives, and research reflects the range of diverse health problems, settings and populations. (BS Degree, MPH, Minor)
  • The Department of Human Services provides both the academic and experiential background for the student seeking a career working with people in the varied and expanding field of Human Services. (BS Degree, Minor)
  • The Department of Kinesiology provides a broad understanding of human motor performance and health through its degree programs and through the scholarship and creativity of its faculty and students.(BS Degree, MS Degree, Minor)
  • The Military Science Program is our on-campus ROTC Program providing physical training, Military Science classes and field training exercises.  (Minor)
  • The School of Nursing is committed to providing quality undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, which are accessible to a diverse student population. In doing so, we strive to be a center of excellence in nursing education. (BSN Degree [Traditional and RN to BSN]; MSN Degree [five specializations: Nursing Leadership, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Women’s Health Care, School Nursing and Nurse Educator]; DNP)
  • The Department of Social Work educates emerging and committed professionals for direct social work practice with vulnerable children and families in a socially, culturally and economically diverse urban environment.  (MSW Degree)

The College also houses the following Institutes and Centers in support of its mission:

  • Health Promotion Research Institute serves as a catalyst and focal point for research, training and community interchange to develop and disseminate evidence-based information and health promotion programs.
  • Center for Autism is dedicated to research, education, and service in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The mission of the Applied Developmental Core is to understand developmental processes in autism and to promote competence and wellbeing in children with ASD and their families
  • Center for Cancer Disparities Research promotes scholarship and creative activities to improve the cancer-related health and well-being of ethnic minority and other medically-underserved populations in Orange County.
  • Center for Healthy Neighborhoods is a community facility based in the city of Fullerton. The Center aims to alleviate education and health disparities, revitalize neighborhoods, and reduce the cycle of poverty through partnerships with underserved families within nearby communities.
  • Center for Sport Performance conducts, presents and publishes research and engages in consultations specifically related to improvement of sports performance through application of the sub-disciplines of Kinesiology.
  • Center for Community Collaboration seeks to strengthen children, youth and families in collaboration with public agencies and community-based organizations.
  • Center for Successful Aging promotes health, vitality and well-being in later years through four distinct programs:  Senior Fitness; Balance and Mobility; Health Promotion for Older Adults and Outdoor Exploration.
  • Fall Prevention Center of Excellence was established to provide leadership, create new knowledge, improve practice and develop sustainable fall prevention programs.
  • Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention facilitates interaction among multiple entities concerned with the rise of childhood obesity including university faculty, schools, community agencies and policy makers.
  • Employee Wellness Program is centered around the promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices, provides information for improving one’s wellness.
  • The Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Research & Education Center’s philosophy is to advance research, education, and professional practice related to FM and other chronic pain disorders.
  • The Center for Boys and Men promotes research and community outreach in areas related to the psychological well-being of boys and men. The Center facilitates scholarly work on male gender role norms and diverse forms of masculinity and how they intersect with mental health.
  • The Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research: The mission of the CSSOR is to promote education and research concerning sport and Olympic Games in their broadest cultural, social and political dimensions. Using sport as a cultural lens, CSSOR facilitates a research and curriculum in traditionally recognized humanities disciplines as well as certain social science disciplines to better understand sport and its cultural impact. CSSOR is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an official International Olympic Studies Center because of its significant contributions to the creation and dissemination of sport and Olympic research.
  • Center for Nursing Workforce Excellence: The purpose of the center is to form university-community partnerships to operationalize best practices in nursing and healthcare delivery through education, consultation, research and other collaborative activities. These connections will enhance resource utilization to foster student and faculty innovated practices and research.