Dean’s Office

Welcome to the website of the College for Health, Community and Policy (HCaP) at the University of Texas at San Antonio. We are glad you stopped by to learn more about the exciting activities, programs, and events taking place in HCaP.

The mission of the College for Health, Community and Policy is to develop solutions to affect change for complex social issues to improve the well-being of communities and the world. We aim to accomplish this mission through exceptional education, creation and dissemination of knowledge, and partnership with diverse communities and institutions from local to global with an emphasis on equity and inclusion.

Embracing the Hispanic-thriving and urban-serving missions of UTSA, HCaP will be a leader in transdisciplinary, community-engaged, collaborative research, teaching, and policy development that improves the lives and wellbeing of diverse populations.

The College for Health, Community and Policy subscribes to the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Core Values. Each of them is relevant to our College. The College for Health, Community and Policy cultivates social justice through dialogue, discovery, and service where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration, innovation, and transparency are fostered.

Our College contains eight departments (Criminology & Criminal Justice, Demography, Kinesiology, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Social Work, and Sociology). We offer bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, Health, Kinesiology, Public Administration, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology and a joint degree in Dietetic Studies. In addition, we offer seven master’s degrees in Applied Demography, Criminal Justice & Criminology, Health & Kinesiology, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work and Sociology. We also offer two doctoral degrees in Applied Demography and Psychology. HCaP includes more than 175 faculty and more than 6,800 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Representing 20% of UTSA’s student body, we are the largest college on campus.

HCaP also contains the Center for Community Based and Applied Health Research (CCBAHR), the Health & Kinesiology Research Laboratories, the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research (IDSER), the Policy Studies Center (PSC), and the Institute for Health Disparities Research (IHDR). Together, these research centers manage dozens of research projects and represent millions of dollars unfunded research.

Lynne Cossman

Lynne Cossman, Ph.D.
Dean of College for Health, Community and Policy; Professor, Departments of Demography and Sociology; Mark G. Yudof Endowed Professor
210-458-2530 (direct)