Public Health Major, 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

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures 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
Community Health Education Concentration
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
Public Health Required Fieldwork
HLTH 245Introduction to Fieldwork and Professionalism3
COED 401Cooperative Education Experience I6
or HLTH 350 Field Study in Health
HLTH 405Culminating Reflective Seminar3
Public Health Biology Requirement
HLTH 208Study of Human Diseases3
HLTH 290Human Sexuality3
Electives
Select six of the following:18
Community and Health
Mindfulness: Theory, Research and Practice across the Life Course
Selected Topics in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Medical Terminology
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Health Issues Forum
Women's 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
Social Marketing
Sociology of Health and Illness
Public Health Required Collaterals
MATH 109Statistics3
NUFD 182Nutrition3
Total Credits78