The College of Health and Human Services has a long and decorated history at Fresno State, with humble roots that began in 1981. Thirty-six years later, the college is now home to more than 4,830 students, as well as over 280 faculty and staff members, who regularly engage in high-impact learning offered through the college's seven academic departments. In addition, the college is extremely proud to host two of the three doctoral programs on campus and award the most academic degrees at the University.
At its core, the college strives to serve the needs of students and prospective health care leaders, and also foster collaboration and interdisciplinary education in order to address the emerging needs of health and human service providers in the Central Valley region. Knowledgeable faculty and research centers on campus make it possible for our graduates to be ready and able to handle the health challenges that face our Valley.
Through the college, our goal is to help create a thriving, healthy region through quality care and service, giving credence to our motto,
“Live Well Central California.”
CHHS Student Success Fund
Support important initiatives, student stipends and student/faculty research
Student success remains one of the college’s highest priorities. By giving to the Student Success Fund, you are supporting important initiatives, student stipends and student/faculty research and projects. Funding would also go toward our Advising and Career Development Center, which provides students with access to academic counselors, peer mentors and much-needed resources and guidance on campus – with academic success at the forefront.
E.D.G.E Challenge Ropes Course
Combines the latest practices in leadership and personal effectiveness education
Through the professional Experientially Designed Group Effort (E.D.G.E.), local community groups, organizations and clubs, are able to learn important skills vital to teamwork and leadership development. Since the late 90s, over 5,000 individuals have participated annually in the challenge courses, which include high and low elements. Each program is individually designed to meet personal needs and goals. In addition, Fresno State students facilitate the courses, which essentially serves as an outdoor classroom that provides valuable benefits for both the campus and local community. Funding would expand programming to youth and young adults from undeserved communities in the Valley.
Community Health Mobile Unit
Provides free health services to rural and underserved communities
Originally designed to provide hands-on training for nursing students, the Community Health Mobile Unit has quickly become an interdisciplinary, collaborative project involving students from various health disciplines on campus, including athletic training, recreation administration and dietetics. On Tuesday and Thursdays and some weekends during the fall and spring semesters, the mobile unit visits rural and underserved communities throughout the Central Valley to provide free screenings and health education to those who cannot afford health care or have difficulty reaching area clinics due to transportation issues. Since it began in 2015, the clinic has served thousands of Valley residents and has allowed graduate and undergraduate students the ability to contribute more than 4,645 service-learning and clinical hours.
Jody Hironaka-Juteau, Ed.D., Dean
College of Health and Human Services