Community Health

About Community Health

The B.S. in Community Health provides a foundation for students planning to enter the health education field. Health education is a profession recognized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health educators “provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles” (United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (SOC 21-1091.00)).

Coursework provides an in-depth development of the Seven Areas of Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Graduates with a Community Health degree are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Examination. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Community Health receive training in identifying community needs, using theory to develop health programs, and planning, implementation, and evaluation of health programs.

Community health graduates work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Government health agencies (e.g., local public health departments),
  • Voluntary health organizations (e.g., American Heart Association),
  • Hospitals,
  • Businesses,
  • Schools/universities, and
  • Other health-related organizations.

Many graduates also go on to professional schools such as nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Graduates also have furthered their education attending masters and/or doctoral programs, or law school. Past graduates have held positions in related health fields such as nursing, occupational or physical therapy, pharmacy, worksite wellness programs, continuous quality improvement, and research.

 

Community Health Coursework

The Community Health Degree Plan includes basic science courses, health content courses such as Human Diseases, Drugs and Society, Global Health, and Human Sexuality, but also skill-based courses such as Health Education Methodology, Health Program Evaluation, Community Health, and Grant Writing. This program includes a semester-long internship (12-hours course credit), which provides practical, real-life experience before entering the health profession.

 

Admission to Community Health

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Note: An admission committee reviews and admits applicants on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements listed does not guarantee admission.