Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- February 11, 2002
Recent Changes Reflect Growth in Cal State L.A.'s College
of Health and Human Services
California State University, Los Angeles has announced that its departments
of Social Work and Nursing, located within the University's College
of Health and Human Services, have been granted the status of School.
The expansion and development of these departments characterizes the
rapid growth and increased professional status of the College over the
past five years.
Changes in Social Work
The Cal State L.A. School of Social Work contains 437 undergraduates,
153 graduate students and 12 full-time faculty. The baccalaureate program
is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Master of
Social Work degree program, introduced in the 1996-97 academic year,
has initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.
Dr. Thanh V. Tran, a leading national scholar in the area of
research on health behaviors and well-being among various ethnic minority
populations, has been named the director of the newly-designated School,
as well as professor of social work. Prior to his appointment at Cal
State L.A., Dr. Tran was director of the doctoral program at the School
of Social Work at Boston College.
Changes in Nursing
The Cal State L.A. nursing program has been in existence as a department
since the late 1960s and has been a unit in the College of Health and
Human Services since its inception. The School of Nursing comprises
about 200 pre-nursing majors, slightly over 200 undergraduate nursing
students, more than 100 graduate students and 24 full-time faculty.
The nursing programs are approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing and recently received continuing eight-year accreditation from
the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
Since 2000, when it began surveying nursing graduate programs, U.S.
News and World Report "Best Colleges" issue has listed Cal
State L.A.'s nursing graduate program among the top five programs in
California and the highest ranked CSU system School of Nursing. Dr.
Judith Papenhausen, the chair of the Department of Nursing for the
past six years and a nursing faculty member since 1972, directs the
Dr. Papenhausen received her B.S. and M.S. in nursing, both with high
honors, from Cal State L.A., completed predoctoral work at USC and
received her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1999,
she was honored with the first Cal State L.A. Faculty Alumni Award.
She is the president of the California Association of Colleges of
College of Health and Human Services
Student-centered, faculty and staff-focused, and community-minded,
Cal State L.A.'s College of Health and Human Services is committed
to educating and preparing human service professionals to become innovative
practitioners and leaders. This education is effected within an interdisciplinary
framework that integrates teaching, research, policy, and public service
in multicultural urban settings.
The College comprises more than 60 full-time and numerous part-time
faculty members and 29 staff members, the College serves approximately
4,000 undergraduate and graduate majors.