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San Diego State University
Since its foundation in 1897, SDSU has grown to the largest university within the 23-campus California State University system, the second largest university in the state, and the twenty-seventh largest university in the country. The seven colleges within the university provide comprehensive educational programs in a wide variety of liberal arts, sciences, fine and performing arts, and professional degrees, consistent with SDSU's stated mission to "encourage the intellectual and creative development of a diverse group of students by helping them learn about themselves and others, their own and other cultures and social heritages, and their environment". SDSU offers bachelor's degrees in 75 areas, master's degrees in 59, and doctorate degrees in 13 areas.

The Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University offers graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Public Health, Master of Science, and a concurrent program leading to a Master of Public Health and Social Work. In addition, SDSU and UCSD offer joint doctoral programs. The Graduate School of Public Health has many affiliated research centers and institutes that conduct clinical and community-based health research, and provide other support for the training and education of public health students and other health professionals.

The School of Communication at SDSU is one of the leading comprehensive schools in communication in the United States. It offers leadership and education in communication across a broad range of applications; from mass-mediated to interpersonal, from new media design to verbal and nonverbal interaction, from television, film, and journalism to advertising and public relations, from debate and forensics to organizational and mediated communication. It emphasizes scholarly, creative, and professional aspects of communication studies.

University of California, San Diego
Although the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has been in existence for only 30 years, it has rapidly become a major research university ranking among the top institutions nationally for the quality of its faculty. In a recent National Academy of Sciences Study of Graduate Education, UCSD ranked #1 in Neuroscience, #2 in Physiology, #2 in Bioengineering, #3 in Pharmacology, and #4 in Biological Sciences. The UCSD School of Medicine is ranked 20th in the nation among top medical schools with a research focus. UCSD's AIDS program ranks 10th, and the Drug and Alcohol Abuse program is 7th. UCSD School of Medicine is ranked #11 among all medical schools in NIH grant support, #4 among public institutions and #3 for grant support per faculty.

The UCSD School of Medicine is organized around clinical departments with basic scientists holding faculty positions within these departments. This structure has maximized the interactions between clinical and basic research and has helped to establish an outstanding environment for the development of programs in transnational research. Since 1983, the UCSD Department of Pediatrics has had a strong community orientation. Over the past 19 years, the department established many key relationships with schools, health agencies, community-based organizations, and community groups. In 1995, a departmental reorganization resulted in the formation of the Division of Community Pediatrics, which is now the focus for community education and research. This division has a long track record of local Academy of Pediatric Community Projects that involve medical school faculty in active collaborations with the practicing community.

Point Loma Nazarene University
The University, established in 1902 by the Church of the Nazarene, offers quality liberal arts and professional programs on its main campus in San Diego and select graduate and professional programs throughout the denomination's southwest educational region. Point Loma Nazarene offers over 40 different majors and 60 different concentrations. Currently, there are 2300 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students attending the university.

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