College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

BS in Health Sciences

Program Highlights

Number of Health Science Majors at CSU, Chico

 Number of Health Science Majors-10 years of growth

*options in Gerontology and Environmental Health


Each of our students are required to complete 300 hours of internship during their last semester of their undergraduate work. This experience offers our students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, to learn to function in a professional setting, and to make professional contacts. This opportunity also helps the agencies which we partner by providing skilled workers. This academic year our interns provided approximately 40,500 hours of work to our community organizations.

Our interns work at different types of settings depending on their career goals and interests.

Examples of Recent Internship Placements include:


  • Alameda Co. EMS
  • Butte County, EMS
  • Chico Fire Department
  • Live Oak Fire Department
  • Sacramento Fire Department
  • Yuba City Fire Department

Environmental Health

  • Butte County, Environmental Health
  • Butte Environmental Council

Government Agencies

  • Butte County Public Health Department
  • Colusa County Health & Human Services
  • Contra Costa County Public Health Department
  • Shasta County Public Health Department
  • Sutter County Public Health Department
  • Tehama County Health Services
  • Tehama County School District

Hospital/Clinic Setting

  • Butte County, Public Health Clinic
  • Chico Immediate Care
  • Enloe Medical Center
  • Feather River Hospital
  • Fremont Rideout Hospital
  • Glenn Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Marin General Hospital
  • Novato Community Hospital
  • Orchard Hospital
  • Oroville Hospital – Outpatient Clinics and Services
  • Paradise Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Placer-Nevada County/Yuba Sutter Colusa Medical Society
  • Redding Allergy and Asthma Associates
  • Rideout Hospital
  • Shalom Free Clinic
  • Elizabeth’s Hospital
  • Sutter General Hospital
  • Women’s Health Specialists

Maternal and Child Health

  • Better Babies
  • Feather River Hospital, The Birth Day Place
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Parent Infant Programs
  • Women's Health Specialists

Medical Clinics/Medical Groups/Home Health

  • Affinity Medical Group (Richmond)
  • Butte County Public Health Clinic
  • Butte Home Health and Hospice
  • California Medical Association-Sacramento Health Policy
  • Chico Immediate Care
  • Chico State Student Health Center
  • Chico Vision Care
  • North State Radiology Medical Group
  • Real Options Pregnancy Medical Clinic (San Jose, Chico, Oroville, Yuba City)
  • Retinal Consultants Medical Group (Sacramento)
  • Sacramento Valley Medical Share
  • Shalom Free Clinic
  • Valley Care Health System (Pleasanton)
  • Women’s Health Specialist
  • Yuba Sutter Colusa Medical Society

Multicultural Health

  • African American Family & Cultural Center
  • Feather River Hospital Tribal Health
  • Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County
  • Migrant Education Advisor Programs –Woodland

Non-Profit Organizations

  • African American Family & Cultural Center
  • Alzheimers Association - Sacramento
  • American Heart Association
  • American Lung Association
  • Bay Area Urban Project – Oakland
  • Blood source
  • Boys and Girls Club – Chico, Lodi, San Rafael
  • Brain Injury Coalition
  • Butte Environmental Council
  • Butte Home Health and Hospice
  • Butte Humane Society
  • California Health Collaborative
  • Caminar
  • Chico Area Recreation and Parks District (CARD)
  • Catalyst Domestic Violence Services
  • California Health Collaborative
  • Center for Healthy Communities
  • Chico Fire Prevention
  • Esplanade House
  • Girls on the Run
  • Home & Health Care Management
  • Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County
  • Independent Living Services – Chico, Paradise
  • Interdisciplinary Center on Aging
  • Jesus Center, Sabbath House
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – San Jose
  • Migrant Education Advisor Programs – Woodland
  • Parent Infant Programs
  • Passages
  • Peg Taylor Center
  • Rape Crisis Intervention & Prevention
  • Stonewall Alliance Center
  • The Skyway House
  • The Terraces
  • University of California Cooperative Extension
  • Valley Oak Children’s Services
  • Youth for Change
  • Lifeline Training Center

Skilled Nursing Facilities/Assisted Living

  • Amber Grove Place
  • Independent Living Services
  • Oakmont Assisted Living
  • Paradise Skilled Nursing
  • Prestige Assisted Living
  • Roseleaf Gardens Senior Care
  • The Peg Taylor Center
  • The Terraces
  • Windchime of Chico
  • Windsor Chico Care Center

Service Learning

The Department of Health & Community Services takes great pride in the service learning/community engagement activities we provide our students through their coursework.

Service learning is “a teaching method that promotes student learning through active participation in meaningful and planned service experiences in the community that are directly related to course content. Through reflective activities, students enhance their understanding of course content, general knowledge, sense of civic responsibility, self-awareness and commitment to the community. This makes service learning a very different experience than community service” (Best Practices, CSU).

Through these opportunities our students have partnered with community centers, elementary schools, after-school programs, homeless shelters, hospitals, and a variety of other types of organizations.

Student teaching health lessons to first graders. Student enrolled in Health Education Techniques teaching health lessons to first graders.

Environmental Health students at a park clean-up. Students enrolled in Environmental Health at a park clean-up.

Students collecting hygiene products for the homeless. Students enrolled in Health Education Planning: Theory and Practice planned, implemented, and evaluated a social marketing campaign collecting hygiene products for the homeless.

Students distributing food at a local food back. Students enrolled in Health Education Techniques helped to distribute food at a local food bank.

Health Services Administration College Bowl Team

Chico State's Health Services Administration College Bowl Team competes each spring against other undergraduate health administration programs in a competition sponsored by the three California chapters of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Members of the team review topics from throughout the health services administration curriculum and present them to each other.  CSU, Chico’s team has won the competition the last four years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).Health Services Administration College Bowl Team competition.2018 Championship Team
Our 2018 Championship Team!

First-Time Freshmen, Health Science Major, Graduating in Health Science at CSU. Chico

Upper Division Transfers, Health Science Major, Graduating in Health Science at CSU. Chico

Other indicators of success:

  • Placed first in ACHE Western Regional College Bowl (2015-2017)
  • One of 46 AUPHA certified programs and one of three in California