College of Health and Social Sciences  {SF State Bulletin 2013 - 2014}

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College of Health and Social Sciences


College Administrative Offices

Title Officer Office Telephone
Dean of the College Don Taylor HSS 204 338-3326
Associate Dean Alvin Alvarez HSS 239 405-3533


College Directory

Department/Program Chair/Director Office Telephone
Child and Adolescent Development Rene Dahl SCI 394 405-3564
(Marian Wright Edelman Institute) Charlotte Ferretti HSS 257 338-6976
Clinical Laboratory Science Geraldine Albee SCI 202 338-2332
Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics Nancy Rabolt BH 329 338-1219
Counseling Robert Williams BH 524 338-2005
Gerontology Darlene Yee-Melichar HSS 242 338-1684
Health Education Mary Beth Love HSS 326 338-1413
Kinesiology Misook Kim GYM 101 338-2244
Nursing Lynette Landry BH 371 338-1802
Physical Therapy Graduate Program Linda Wanek HHS 124 338-2001
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Patrick Tierney HSS 307 338-2030
Sociology and Sexuality Studies Edward McCaughan HSS 370 338-2566
HSS 377 405-3570
Social Work Eileen Levy (interim) HSS 227 338-1003


School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

Director: Gerald Eisman

Program   Office Telephone
Criminal Justice Studies Jeff Snipes HSS 210 405-4129
Environmental Studies Gerald Eisman HSS 210 338-1149
Public Administration Sheldon Gen DTC 679 817-4455
Urban Studies and Planning Raquel Rivera Pinderhughes HSS 210 338-1178


The College of Health and Social Sciences was established in the Fall of 1994. It is organized into the following administrative areas: Child and Adolescent Development; Clinical Laboratory Science; Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics; Counseling; Criminal Justice; Environmental Studies; Gerontology; Health Education; Kinesiology; Nursing; Physical Therapy; Public Administration; ; Recreation, Parks, and Tourism; Sexuality Studies; Social Work; Sociology; and Urban Studies and Planning.


The primary mission of the college is to educate individuals to serve the present and future needs of society in the professional fields associated with health, human, and community services. The college promotes increased awareness among individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities of their roles as active agents in shaping personal action, public policy, and community life to enhance individual and collective well-being. The curriculum promotes greater understanding of the complex, interacting, physical, psychological, social, economic, political, and environmental factors which affect the performance and optimal functioning of individuals, families, and communities throughout the life span.


The College of Health and Social Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:

Bachelor of Arts

Child and Adolescent Development 08231

Concentrations in:

  • Early Childhood
  • School Age Child and Family
  • Youth Work and Out of School Time
  • Policy, Advocacy, and Systems

Criminal Justice Studies 21051

Environmental Studies 49011

Concentrations in:

  • Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice
  • Humanities and the Environment
  • The Urban Environment

Family and Consumer Sciences 13011

Social Work 21041

Sociology 22081

Urban Studies and Planning 22141


Bachelor of Science

Apparel Design and Merchandising 13031

Dietetics 13061

Environmental Studies 49011

Concentrations in:

  • Earth System Sciences
  • Natural Resource Management and Conservation

Health Education 12011

Interior Design 02031

Kinesiology 08351

Concentrations in:

  • Exercise and Movement Sciences
  • Physical Education

Nursing 12031

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration 21031


Undergraduate students interested in physical therapy may take a supporting major in one of the concentrations under the B.S. in Kinesiology or a major in biological sciences.


The College of Health and Social Sciences offers the following graduate degrees:

Master of Arts

Family and Consumer Sciences 13011

Gerontology 21043

Human Sexuality Studies 49019


Master of Public Administration 21021


Master of Public Health 12141


Master of Science

Counseling 08261

Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling 13051

Concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling 12221

Kinesiology 08351

Nursing 12031

Graduate Concentration in: Family Nurse Practitioner

Recreation, Parks and Tourism 21031


Master of Social Work 21041

Doctor of Physical Therapy Science 12121

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Science program is offered jointly with the University of California, San Francisco.



In addition to its undergraduate and graduate degree offerings, the college also offers a number of minor, certificate and credential programs.


Undergraduate Minors

Athletic Coaching


Criminal Justice Studies

Health Science

Holistic Health

Human Sexuality Studies

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies



Urban Studies and Planning

Women's Health Issues


Undergraduate Certificates

Conflict Resolution (offered jointly by the Colleges of Business, Ethnic Studies, Health and Social Sciences, and Liberal & Creative Arts)

Holistic Health (offered by Health Education through the College of Extended Learning)

Youth and Human Services Non-profit Agency Administration (offered by Recreation, Parks, and Tourism)


Graduate Certificates

Clinical Laboratory Science

Dietetics(offered by Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics)

Family Nurse Practitioner

Rehabilitation Counseling

Fundamental Nonprofit Management Skills (offered by Public Administration)

Nonprofit Leadership and Strategic Management (offered by Public Administration

Exercise Physiology (offered by Kinesiology)

Movement Science (offered by Kinesiology)

Physical Activity (offered by Kinesiology)


Accreditation and Credentials

Pupil Personnel Services (offered by Counseling and Social Work)

Curricula in the college meet high academic standards. All of the programs subject to national accreditation are accredited: Clinical Laboratory Science by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences; Counseling by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs; Dietetics by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Apparel Design and Merchandising, Interior Design and Family and Consumer Sciences by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; Nursing by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Physical Therapy by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; Recreation, Parks and Tourism by the National Recreation and Park Association; Rehabilitation Counseling by the Council on Rehabilitation Education; and Social Work by the Council on Social Work Education. Nursing is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The Gerontology program meets the guidelines of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).



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