Our Mission

To advance the art and science of healthcare.

At the CNU College of Health Sciences, we believe:

  • A career in the field of healthcare begins with rigorous study of core sciences such as biology and chemistry.
  • Education in the health sciences must empower students to apply quantitative methods and critical thinking to the practice of healthcare.
  • The study of the humanities and social science disciplines helps to develop strength of character and the interpersonal skills essential for work in healthcare fields.
  • Community service projects and independent scholarly research foster success by providing students opportunities for real-world application of concepts and theories learned in the classroom.

Our Story

California Northstate University (CNU) was founded in 2007 by a group of visionary leaders to meet the needs of our communities. The success of the College of Pharmacy led to the establishment of the CNU College of Medicine, and then the launch of the undergraduate College of Health Sciences in June 2015. All three colleges emphasize education, partnership, and scholarship.

Based on today’s local and national demand for undergraduate education in the health sciences, the College of Health Sciences operates as a unique health sciences program dedicated to educating, developing, and training individuals for a successful career and to meet the requirements of most professional health schools.

A Message from the Dean

Welcome to California Northstate University College of Health Sciences (CNUCHS)! We are a dedicated team, passionate about having an impact in the world and educating the next generation of health care innovators.

CNUCHS is a highly selective undergraduate college that aims to develop students as exemplary contributors to the health care field and the world around them. Our faculty are driven to effect positive change in health science education while simultaneously benefiting local and global communities. Our College of Health Sciences challenges the best and brightest minds to learn the science and art of medicine, pharmacy, psychology, biotechnology and much more through innovation, engagement, and holistic educational experiences. 

Our approach to education is unique. To meet the needs of our students and the communities they will ultimately serve, we have developed an innovative approach to health science education that transcends disciplinary boundaries, encourages students to take control of their learning, and emphasizes student-centered design and independence. We actively involve students in our own research and scholarly projects to encourage their engagement in professional life, and to foster the creativity they will need to become innovators in their professions. Our students leave CNUCHS with a firm understanding of healthcare delivery systems - from the nuances of human needs, to the mathematics and science underlying state-of-the-art health technologies.

Through meaningful partnerships with regional community, education, and healthcare leaders, as well as CNU College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy, our students receive exceptional training and development as leaders. We continually develop transformative educational experiences with collaborators around the nation and the globe to ensure our students possess the requisite knowledge and skills to succeed anywhere.

I invite you to follow our growth and innovation in the health sciences through our student run online newspaper: www.chssideline.com or through social media:

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Hope to see you around the halls!


Heather M. Brown, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Health Sciences


Phone: 916-686-7300




California Northstate University
College of Health Sciences
2910 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

College Code

SAT College Code: 7669
ACT College Code: 7032