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Human Development

Students gain advanced knowledge in the theories, methods, and research that provide the basis for expanding knowledge and understanding of human development from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program 1) incorporates study of the biological, cognitive, and social-emotional developmental domains, 2) organizes the study of human development across the lifespan from conception to death, and 3) emphasizes the context within which human development takes place, including cultural institutions such as families, schools, and hospitals; the environmental conditions related to nutrition, health, and disease; and the social and legal policies that affect development. Students graduate with the quantitative and qualitative skills necessary for careers in university research and teaching, administration of programs, consultation, program development, etc., in a variety of settings including those in education, medicine, mental health, public health, social services, and government.


Program Address

Human and Community Development
1315 Hart Hall
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 754-4109
(530) 752-5660

Program Type

Interdisciplinary Graduate Group
Lead Dean: 
College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies
Major Code: 

Degree Requirements

Administrative ByLaws

Application Deadlines

Dec 15, 2020
Mar 1, 2021
Prospective Student Fellowship: 
Dec 15, 2020
Continuing Student Fellowship: 
Jan 15, 2021

Degrees Offered

Ph.D. Plan A


Graduate Program Coordinator

Program Chair

  • Graduate Group Chair
  • Human Ecology
  • 07/02/2016 to 07/01/2022

Academic Advisors

  • Advisor: Primary Contact
  • Human Ecology
  • 09/01/2017 to 08/31/2021
  • Advisor: General
  • Psychology
  • 09/01/2019 to 08/31/2021
  • Advisor: General
  • Human Ecology
  • 09/01/2019 to 08/31/2021
  • Advisor: Admissions Only
  • Human Ecology
  • 09/01/2015 to 08/31/2021
  • Advisor: General
  • Ucanr: Anr Human Ecology
  • 09/01/2014 to 08/31/2021

Senior Academic Advisor in Graduate Studies

Internal Fellowship Analyst in Graduate Studies

External Fellowship Analyst in Graduate Studies