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Message from the Dean

headshot of Dean Fred BaldiniDean Fred Baldini

The College of Health and Human Services at Sacramento State has a long and proud history of providing the region with health and human services professionals who are leaders in the region through their innovation, engagement, and impact. The college plays important roles in addressing the workforce needs of the region, in community engagement, and in research that matters. With more than 38,000 alumni from the college, chances are that if you interact with a nurse, a social worker, or a police officer in the region, that person is a Sac State alum. With more than 6,800 majors, making it the largest college on campus, the programs offered in the college continue to be in high demand. The faculty and staff are committed to student success, which is one of the primary values of our mission.


The College of Health and Human Services provides quality academic programs that educate and empower students, serve and enrich diverse communities, promote well-being, and inform policy and best practices.


The College of Health and Human Services will be an innovative center of excellence for educating future health and human service leaders.


  • Student Success
  • Community Well-being
  • Diversity 
  • Inclusion & Access
  • Leadership
  • Professional Ethics
  • Excellence in teaching, service and scholarship
  • Social Responsibility
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Global Engagement


Steffanie Kramer

It is graduation day for thousands of Sacramento State at Sleep Train Arena. KCRA 3’s Leticia Ordaz introduces one particular 23-year-old graduate who hopes to inspire others with her story of success. 

Watch the video here!

You can also read more about her story on our MadeAtSacState blog.

Health & Human Services Dean's Award: Maricela Cortes

Maricela Cortes is the first in her family to attend college, the first to graduate – and now the first to receive the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduates! Maricela worked in the fields alongside her immigrant parents when she was a child; now, as a speech pathologist and audiologist, she is working with children with autism.

Academic Departments

Criminal Justice

Dr. Mary Maguire, Chair
(916) 278-6487

Kinesiology and Health Science



Dr. Tanya Altmann, Chair
(916) 278-4106

Physical Therapy

Dr. Michael McKeough, Chair
(916) 278-6426

Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Dr. Greg Shaw, Chair
(916) 278-6752

Social Work

Dr. Dale Russell, Chair
(916) 278-6943

Speech Pathology & Audiology

Dr. Robert Pieretti, Chair
(916) 278-6601