Public Health - Community Health Education Concentration (B.S.)

When people think about careers in health, many think about medical careers (such as doctor or nurse) that involve treating individuals who have illnesses or injuries. Public health practitioners address the health of whole populations and focus on injury and disease prevention, as well as the promotion of optimal health, rather than on treatment.  The B.S. in Public Health with concentration in Community Health Education offers an integrated approach to public health that addresses local, national, and global health issues with an emphasis on social justice.  It provides future community health educators with the skills and knowledge they will need to develop, implement and evaluate programs that target issues as diverse as cancer, obesity, sexuality, aging, violence, maternal and child health, substance abuse, adolescent health, mental health and many more.  Students will also understand how to create programs and promote policies that eliminate disparities in health outcomes among different populations so that everyone has an equal opportunity to be healthy.  Graduates of the program will work in a variety of settings (government agencies, community clinics, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, corporations) and focus on a variety of age groups, populations and health issues.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements33
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements69
Free Electives 115-9
Total Credits120

Graduate Swing Courses will count toward free electives for students in the combined B.S. Public Health/M.B.A. Business Administration program or the combined B.S. Public Health/M.P.H. Public Health programs.

 Major Requirements

Public Health Core
HLTH 102Introduction to Public Health3
HLTH 202Public Health Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency3
HLTH 204Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health3
HLTH 240Foundations of Environmental Health3
HLTH 360Health Policy and Administration3
HLTH 365Science of Public Health: Epidemiology3
HLTH 425Applied Statistics for Public Health3
Required Fieldwork
HLTH 497Introduction to Internship and Professionalism3
HLTH 498Internship and Culminating Seminar6
Community Health Education Concentration Requirements
See requirements listed below.39
Total Credits69

Concentration Requirements

Required Courses
HLTH 328Program Planning and Evaluation3
HLTH 330Health Education Methods3
HLTH 355Addressing Health Disparities Through Social Justice3
HLTH 374Health Communication3
HLTH 444Community Organizing and Health Advocacy3
Biology Requirement
HLTH 208Study of Human Diseases3
HLTH 290Human Sexuality3
Select four courses from the list below. 112
Required Collateral Courses
STAT 109Statistics3
NUFD 182Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective3
Total Credits39

Students in the combined Public Health Major, Community Health Education Concentration (B.S.)/Public Health (M.P.H.) program take three elective courses.


Community and Health
Special Topics in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Medical Terminology
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Special Topics in Health
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Advanced Methods in Health Education
Population Approaches to Diet and Activity
Health Aspects of Aging
Race, Racism, and Health
Gender, Sexuality, and Health Disparities
Sociology of Health and Illness

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Statistics (Fulfilled in the major.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Human Sexuality (Fulfilled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Introduction to Public Health (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits33

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
HLTH 102 Introduction to Public Health 3
STAT 109 Statistics 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
HLTH 202 Public Health Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency 3
HLTH 204 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health 3
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
World Language 1 3
HLTH 208 Study of Human Diseases 3
HLTH 330 Health Education Methods 3
World Cultures 3
World Language 2 3
NUFD 182 Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective 3
HLTH 240 Foundations of Environmental Health 3
HLTH 365 Science of Public Health: Epidemiology 3
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
HLTH 290 Human Sexuality 3
HLTH 328 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
HLTH 355 Addressing Health Disparities Through Social Justice 3
HLTH 360 Health Policy and Administration 3
HLTH 374 Health Communication 3
HLTH 425 Applied Statistics for Public Health 3
Concentration Elective 3
Concentration Elective 3
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
HLTH 444 Community Organizing and Health Advocacy 3
HLTH 497 Introduction to Internship and Professionalism 3
Concentration Elective 3
Concentration Elective 3
HLTH 498 Internship and Culminating Seminar 6
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Credits120