CSU Leader
News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 10, No. 13, June 23, 2011

Advancing Public Health with Hands-on Learning

Advancing Public Health with Hands-on Learning

From biomedicine and nursing to dietetics and health fitness, the California State University provides students the hands-on training needed to save lives. The CSU confers 44 percent of the bachelor's degrees and 37 percent of all the master's degrees earned by California’s graduates in health-or medical-related fields. Furthermore, the CSU awards 97 percent of the state’s bachelor’s degrees in dietetics/nutrition, as well as 84 percent in health/physical fitness, 60 percent in nursing, 47 percent in psychology and 34 percent in biology. More.

Improving Health One Lesson at a Time

Improving Health One Lesson at a TimePublic health focuses on improving longevity and the quality of life through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles and research for disease and injury prevention. The California State University offers a multitude of degrees that support and enhance the public health industry. More.

Beating the Freshman Fifteen

Fact: More than one-third, 34 percent (72.5 million people), of American adults are overweight.

Fact: In 2009, about 2.4 million more adults were obese than in 2007.

Fiction: CSU campuses contribute to America’s unhealthy weight habits by not offering healthier food options.

With celebrity concepts to prevent obesity in America, such as Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign and chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, society has revitalized its focus on eating healthy. In the past, fast food was the typical route when hiring vendors or stocking food on campus. CSU campuses are now offering healthier food selections for students in order to promote wellness. More.

Helping Hands for Public Health

Helping Hands for Public HealthThe CSU has bolstered its reputation as a leader in community service learning, offering at least 2,500 service-learning courses in virtually every discipline and providing outreach opportunities for more than 65,000 students annually. With faculty guidance, students have carried out a number of programs and projects at community sites to help address public health needs. More.


Promoting a Healthy Mind, Body and Soul

Promoting a Healthy Mind, Body and Soul Ranging in everything from the Center for Health Care Innovation at Cal State Long Beach to the Central California Institute for Healthy Aging at Fresno State, each CSU campus maintains a variety of health facilities that offer students the opportunity to gain the hands-on experience they need to excel as public health professionals.

Promoting a Healthy Mind, Body and Soul In addition to the centers and institutions that promote wellness, CSU campuses house recreation and wellness centers that offer classes and amenities that enrich a healthy mind, body and spirit. Notable features in CSU recreation centers include climbing walls, pools, multicourt gymnasiums, indoor tracks, fitness centers outfitted with top-of-the-line cardio and weight equipment, multipurpose fitness and activity rooms, and locker rooms. More.

Addressing the Needs of an Aging Generation

Many of the CSU's campuses have degree and certificate programs in gerontology. The importance of this field continues to increase due to the rapid growth of California's older population. But just what is gerontology, and what does a gerontologist actually do? More.


CSU Monterey Bay Helps Kinesiology Grad Land Prestigious Fellowship

Marcus Lawrence credits CSU Monterey Bay for his success in earning a prestigious fellowship funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will allow him to work on problems associated with aging. Story.

Kinesiology grad lands prestigious fellowship

Chico State’s Counseling and Wellness Center Reaccredited

California State University, Chico’s Counseling and Wellness Center, which offers counseling to regularly enrolled students, has been reaccredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. Release.

HSU Releases Report That Urges Expanded Telemedicine for Rural Elderly

Humboldt State researchers co-authored a study, “The Health Status and Unique Health Challenges of Rural Older Adults in California,” which underlines the benefits of remote medical care. Release.

HSU Releases Report That Urges Expanded Telemedicine for Rural Elderly

CSUSB Nursing Student Inspired by Childhood Nurse

A Cal State San Bernardino associate professor in nursing helped Matthew Rodriguez reunite with the woman who inspired him to pursue nursing. Story.

CSU Voices and Views blog

Featured Blog:
Looking Beyond the Cure

“People in Africa are dying alarmingly early in life, primarily from preventable or treatable diseases,” said nonprofit health care executive and CSUCI alum Elisabeth Freeman. “I have already outlived 80 percent of my childhood classmates in Zimbabwe.”

Elisabeth Freeman meets with students in Zimbabwe

Read how Freeman is making a difference by curing one community at a time in the latest CSU Voices and Views.


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