New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services


NMSU created its first-ever degree program in social welfare in 1970 through the Continuing Education Office and then launched a two-year nursing program in 1972 after a yearlong study found broad support for having a nursing curriculum at NMSU.

In 1979, New Mexico State University formally established the College of Health and Social Services (CHSS), the University’s centralized home for the only accredited programs in southern New Mexico for nursing, social work, and public health students. Lowery Davis served as the College’s first dean.

In the decades since its founding, CHSS has experienced steady growth in student enrollment and now has over 1000 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students. CHSS is New Mexico’s leading producer of healthcare professionals, social workers, and public health professionals through its four baccalaureate programs, three master’s degree programs, and one Ph.D. program. The student body and faculty population are diverse, and CHSS’s online graduate programs have students throughout the nation.

Each school within CHSS- The School of Nursing, The School of Social Work, and The Department of Public Health Sciences- works with the community and produces high-level research.

Since its founding, CHSS has dedicated itself to fulfilling its mission to serve the needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through education, research, and service in the areas of health and social well-being.


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