Jun 08, 2023  
Catalog 2019-2020 
Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Health Sciences and Human Services

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Strengthening the quality of life of the diverse communities with whom we live, work and serve through collaborative and community-informed education, research, training and service.

Dean & Staff

Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis has served as the founding Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services (CHSHS) since August of 2014. Since then the college has transformed and grown from two to four departments, which provides each academic home with more autonomy to facilitate growth potential. In 2017-2018 Dean Rios-Ellis worked with faculty and staff to set the stage for a Master of Science Physician Assistant Program, the first in the entire CSU system.

Dean Rios-Ellis worked with faculty to build a college vision, mission, and guiding principles, as well as launch a Diversity Celebration Speaker Series with support from local partner organizations. Each year, CHSHS highlights National Hispanic Heritage Month, World AIDS Day and Hepatitis C prevention, African American History Month, and National Minority Health Month by inviting nationally renowned experts in health and wellness fields to share their research and prevention activities with an audience of students, faculty, community members, and health and wellness professionals.

Prior to 2014 Dr. Rios-Ellis served as a Professor of Health Science and Founding Director of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training and Centro Salud es Cultura. At CSULB she raised over 55 million in federal and private grants and directed several Latino health-related projects, as well as efforts focused on increasing underrepresented minorities in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Dr. Rios-Ellis has served as a consultant and a commissioned member for several organizations including: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Pan American Health Organization, the National Association for Community Health Centers, the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center, and the US Office of Minority Health.

Dean Rios-Ellis has undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish, a Master of Science in Health and Fitness Management, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Community Health, all from the University of Oregon. She also has a certificate in Women’s Studies and completed the Management and Leadership in Higher Education certificate at Harvard University. She has studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, at the Universidad de Guadalajara, and served as a research fellow at the Center for Family and Child Research in Tokyo, Japan.

Crescenda Zuccaro, Administrative/Budget Analyst

Siphannay Nhean, M.P.H., Administrative/Research Analyst


College of Health Sciences and Human Services
Ocean Hall A, Suite 101
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA  93955-8001
Phone: 831-582-3736
Fax: 831-582-4568

Crescenda Zuccaro, Administrative/Budget Analyst: 831-582-3853 or czuccaro@csumb.edu

Siphannay Nhean, Administrative/Research Analyst: 831-582-3736 or snhean@csumb.edu

Britt Rios-Ellis, Dean: 831-582-3736 or brios-ellis@csumb.edu

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