College of Health and Social Sciences  {SF State Bulletin 2012 - 2013}

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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 SCI 394 405-3564
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 HSS 242 338-1684
Health Education Mary Beth Love HSS 326 338-1413
Kinesiology Misook Kim GYM 101 338-2244
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Edward McCaughan HSS 377 405-3570
Nursing Lynette Landry BH 371 338-1802
Physical Therapy Graduate Program Linda Wanek GYM 105 338-2001
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Pat Tierney HSS 307 338-2030
Sexuality Studies Edward McCaughan HSS 377 405-3570
Social Work Eileen Levy (interim) HSS 227 338-1003
Sociology Edward McCaughan HSS 370 338-1466

School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

Director: Gerald Eisman

Program   Office Telephone
Criminal Justice Studies   HSS 210 338-1149
Environmental Studies   HSS 210 338-1149
Public Administration   DTC 515 405-4455
Urban Studies and Planning   HSS 210 338-1149


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; Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics; Counseling; Gerontology; Health Education; Kinesiology; Nursing; Physical Therapy; Clinical Laboratory Science and Audiology; Recreation, Parks, and Tourism; and Social Work.


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

Kinesiology 08351

Nursing 12031

Recreation 21031

Rehabilitation Counseling 12221


Master of Social Work 21041

Doctor of Physical Therapy 12121

Doctor of Physical Therapy Science 12121

The Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Physical Therapy Science programs are 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

Athletic Coaching (offered by Kinesiology)

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 affiliated with the American Humanics, Inc. (offered by Recreation, Parks, and Tourism)


Graduate Certificates

Clinical Laboratory Science

Counseling Deaf Persons

Counseling Deafened and Hard of Hearing Persons

Dietetics(offered by Consumer Family Studies/Dietetics)

Family Nurse Practitioner

Rehabilitation Counseling


Graduate 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 American Dietetic Association; Family and Consumer Sciences by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; Nursing by the National League for Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Physical Therapy by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; Recreation 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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