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Monday, October 25, 2010

A Message from the Dean

Dean Sylvia A. Alva

In this issue of Health and Human Development News Online we highlight several important milestones and significant accomplishments that we are proud to share with you, including the passage of two separate bills by the legislature and Governor that now authorize the CSU to offer the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) and Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP).

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a critical need to prepare more physical therapists and nurse educators to meet the workforce needs of California and the people of this region. The CSU Northridge faculty have already undertaken the task of expanding and refining our degree programs in these areas in direct response to this legislation. Professional doctoral degree programs in the CSU represent an important milestone in our overall mission and they are a reflection of the quality of our programs and the dedication of our faculty, alumni, and supporters who recognize the impact and significance these programs have for the region and state.

We very much appreciate your continued support and involvement with the College of Health and Human Development at Cal State Northridge.

sylvia a. alva

Sylvia A. Alva
Dean, College of Health and Human Development

CSUN to Offer Physical Therapy Doctorate

doctors adams, beling and low, pt

The offering of the Doctorate in Physical Therapy at California State University Northridge has been approved by the state of California. This is the second doctoral program at CSUN, and the first for the College of Health and Human Development.

“I am very proud of the effort the California Physical Therapy Association put forth to accomplish this and the support from our campus as well!” said Sheryl Low, chair of the CSUN Department of Physical Therapy. Read the full story.


Special thanks to the Honorable Bob Blumenfield, Assemblymember, 40th District, who co-authored the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) legislation.


Nursing Doctorate Update: The state has authorized the CSU to offer the Doctorate in Nursing Practice. We will keep you informed about news of a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at CSUN.

Radiologic Technology Sciences Reaccredited for Maximum Term

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology (JRCERT) announced that it has reaccredited the baccalaureate degree radiography program at CSUN. This program addresses a critical workforce shortage of clinically skilled radiologists in the region and state.

Cal State Northridge Receives Grant to Tackle Childhood Obesity

child slicing apples

Cal State Northridge faculty and students are partnering with officials from Northridge Hospital Medical Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District to work with the students, parents and teachers at three Van Nuys elementary schools—Cohasset, Anatola and Gault—to make physical activity and healthy eating habits a regular part of the children’s lives.

The project, which is in association with Cal State Northridge’s Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing and led by CSUN’s Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, begins in January, supported by grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read the full story.

Learn more about the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing.

LA Dodgers Team Up with CSUN

Roy Campanella's Dodgers' Jersey number 39

The College of Health and Human Development has teamed-up with the Dodgers Dream Foundation, and the family of the late Roy Campanella to ensure that the legacy of Roy Campanella, Hall of Fame catcher and civil rights pioneer, will carry on for years to come.

Read the full story.

New Language-Based Preschool Program

child reaches to touch sunflower The C-SUNFlowers program can turn the terrible twos into the terrific twos. That’s what Connie Stratton, clinical supervisor for the program, says about the Language Speech and Hearing Center's new family-centered, language-based preschool program. Read the full Story.

Featured Photo:

students on high ropes course looking down

Visiting students from JIKEI Technical College of Japan try the ropes course in Recreation and Tourism Management. Annual visits are part of an international program hosted by the College.

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