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
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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