Graduates of the community health program enter the job market as health educators, fitness consultants, consumer information directors, and community outreach coordinators who are trained to promote healthy lifestyles through behavior modification, physical activity and proper nutrition to prevent diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, HIV/AIDS and other conditions such as substance abuse and domestic violence.
To reduce the rising cost of health care, policy makers are increasingly employing the preventive approaches and services of community educators in county, state and federal health departments, wellness programs, hospitals, disease management and consulting firms, consumer advocacy and international organizations, and voluntary health care organizations.
Following completion of the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in community health, the graduates will:
- Apply psychological and sociological theories in explaining human behaviors in different clinical scenarios.
- Comprehend the factors that influence health and well being.
- Promote health and prevent disease by positively influencing the behavior of clients.
- Determine the individual and community health needs by using valid health information and appropriate evaluative methods.
- Understand the US health care system and respond ethically to health care dilemmas.
- Comprehend published research in public health.
The community health program admits freshmen and transfer students. Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Students must complete the general university admission requirements and successfully complete the required university examinations in English, mathematics and reading, in addition to federal and state constitution examinations.
All students admitted to the community health program must successfully complete 121-123 credits of course work which consists of 49-50 credits of general education courses; 15 credits of health sciences core courses; 42-43 credits of community health core courses and 9 credits of community health supportive electives and 6 credit hours of University general electives. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required to remain in the program. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses.
Health Sciences (HSC) Course Description (PDF)
Prospective students should contact the Department of Health Studies Chairperson for further information on the BS degree in Community Health.
Department of Health Studies
Office: (773) 995-2512
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH STUDIES POLICY ON ADMISSION, PROGRESSION AND RETENTION