School of Health and Human Services

We invite you to learn more about the School of Health and Human Services (SHHS), and the growing need for healthcare professionals in California and across the country. Continuous medical advances combined with an aging population have created an increasing demand for healthcare, health science, and community health professionals.

Career opportunities have never been better, and will continue to grow for students interested in clinical health science careers, healthcare administration programs, nursing degrees, public health, informatics, and more.

A career in healthcare offers many rewards, including making a difference in the lives of patients and populations, intellectual challenge and lifelong learning, excellent compensation and benefits, security, and the ability to work internationally.

Through the National University health and human services online degree programs, you'll learn how to provide care and use the latest medical technologies. You'll also develop critical-thinking and therapeutic skills that will prepare you for your license and certificate examinations.

Dean Dr. Gloria J. McNeal
858-309-3473 | shhs@nu.edu

National University is the first academic institution in the world to pursue and achieve Planetree Recognition. This partnership positions National University as a leader in training a new generation of health care providers as compassionate, competent professionals dedicated to achieving the highest quality patient outcomes while serving diverse communities through a person-centered model of care. Learn more about the Planetree Initiative.

Choose from our departments below

Department of Nursing Programs

Department Head: Dr. Hope Farquharson

The need for registered nurses is strong and growing, encouraged in part by an Institute of Medicine landmark report on The Future of Nursing. The report called for increasing the number of nurses with bachelor’s degrees in the workforce to 80 percent and doubling the population of nurses with doctorates. National University offers an RN online program in California to earn a nursing degree and prepare to enter this expanding field.

If you are new to nursing or already a licensed vocational nurse, you can earn a nursing degree and become registered nurse through the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in San Diego. If you’re already a registered nurse, you can pursue your bachelor's degree through the RN completion program.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at National University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Department of Health Sciences Programs

Department Head: Dr. Michael Myers

Social trends and scientific discovery continue to shape health care, especially in the areas of prevention, integrative health, and medical research. The Department of Health Sciences at National University prepares students with health sciences degrees for professional careers in health care. As a future health professional, you’ll study evidence-based research and clinical skill development with a curriculum that emphasizes prevention and integrative approaches to health care.

The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health offers knowledge, skills, and values to advance in the profession, meet society’s health care delivery demands, and work in settings with diverse patients, families, and communities.

Graduates with a health science degree can help physicians, dentists, and primary clinical specialists identify, evaluate, and prevent diseases and disorders; deliver dietary and nutrition services; and manage rehabilitation, health systems, and more. Graduates can pursue further education in health care or go on to assume supervisory, management, or educational positions.

Department of Community Health Programs

Department Head: Dr. Tyler Smith

The field of community health is a diverse, dynamic, and growing field of service professionals working to improve the well-being of the public. A National University community health degree will prepare you for challenges in the field. Public health online courses involve both theory and practice, include a supervised public health internship at a community health agency, and incorporate a capstone project integrating all that has been learned.

Healthcare degrees for undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in both public health and healthcare administration. A degree in community health will prepare you for a managerial role in a variety of public and private agencies at local, state, national, and international levels.

Both the public health undergraduate degree program and public health graduate program have concentrations in health promotion and using educational, policy, and advocacy strategies to address the major causes of death: tobacco, over nutrition, sedentary living, alcohol, and injuries. You will learn all this and more when you pursue your healthcare administration degree, offered in either online or in-class formats.

Department of Nursing Programs

Department Head: Dr. Hope Farquharson

The need for registered nurses is strong and growing, encouraged in part by an Institute of Medicine landmark report on The Future of Nursing. The report called for increasing the number of nurses with bachelor’s degrees in the workforce to 80 percent and doubling the population of nurses with doctorates. National University offers an RN online program in California to earn a nursing degree and prepare to enter this expanding field.

If you are new to nursing or already a licensed vocational nurse, you can earn a nursing degree and become registered nurse through the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in San Diego. If you’re already a registered nurse, you can pursue your bachelor's degree through the RN completion program.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at National University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Department of Health Sciences Programs

Department Head: Dr. Michael Myers

Social trends and scientific discovery continue to shape health care, especially in the areas of prevention, integrative health, and medical research. The Department of Health Sciences at National University prepares students with health sciences degrees for professional careers in health care. As a future health professional, you’ll study evidence-based research and clinical skill development with a curriculum that emphasizes prevention and integrative approaches to health care.

The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health offers knowledge, skills, and values to advance in the profession, meet society’s health care delivery demands, and work in settings with diverse patients, families, and communities.

Graduates with a health science degree can help physicians, dentists, and primary clinical specialists identify, evaluate, and prevent diseases and disorders; deliver dietary and nutrition services; and manage rehabilitation, health systems, and more. Graduates can pursue further education in health care or go on to assume supervisory, management, or educational positions.

Department of Community Health Programs

Department Head: Dr. Tyler Smith

The field of community health is a diverse, dynamic, and growing field of service professionals working to improve the well-being of the public. A National University community health degree will prepare you for challenges in the field. Public health online courses involve both theory and practice, include a supervised public health internship at a community health agency, and incorporate a capstone project integrating all that has been learned.

Healthcare degrees for undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in both public health and healthcare administration. A degree in community health will prepare you for a managerial role in a variety of public and private agencies at local, state, national, and international levels.

Both the public health undergraduate degree program and public health graduate program have concentrations in health promotion and using educational, policy, and advocacy strategies to address the major causes of death: tobacco, over nutrition, sedentary living, alcohol, and injuries. You will learn all this and more when you pursue your healthcare administration degree, offered in either online or in-class formats.