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
Public 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
The 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
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.
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.