Community Health Major

Graduates of the community health major are employed in entry-level positions conducting planning, administration, evaluation, research, and teaching in community health settings. The undergraduate program is concerned with improving health and well-being for all through the promotion of healthful lifestyles, healthy family functioning, community actions for health, and conditions that make it possible to live healthful lives. The program draws on public health, education, psychology, sociology, family science, and other social and behavioral sciences. Students are prepared to work in a variety of settings including family planning agencies, nonprofit agencies, state and federal health agencies, schools, and community health centers. This program stresses community involvement because community health emphasizes an interactive process. Students will be prepared to assess individual and community needs; plan, implement, and evaluate effective health programs; coordinate provision of services; act as a resource person; and communicate health needs, concerns and resources. Persons enrolling in this option should seriously consider earning a graduate degree in public health or some related area at some point in their career.

Completion of the community health major establishes eligibility to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination. The CHES exam measures the possession, application, and interpretation of knowledge essential to the practice of community health/health education. The CHES certification is a national standard for health education practice and assists employers in identifying qualified health education practitioners.

Students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in all required courses as outlined in the major.

Freshman YearCredits
COMX 111US - Introduction to Public Speaking3  
HDFS 101IS - Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan3  
SOCI 101IS - Introduction to Sociology3  
M 105Q - Contemporary Mathematics (formerly M 145Q, Math for Liberal Arts)3  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3  
CHTH 205 - Drugs and Society  3
PSYX 100IS - Intro to Psychology  4
University Core  9
Year Total: 15 16
Sophomore YearCredits
CHTH 210 - Foundations in Community Health3  
KIN 221 - Hlth Anatomy & Physiology3  
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition3  
Take one of the following:3  
WRIT 221 - Intermediate Tech Writing
or WRIT 201 - College Writing II
Supporting Course Electives3  
Take one of the following:  3
BIOM 250 - Microbiology for Health Sciences: Infectious Diseases
or BIOM 103IN - Unseen Universe: Microbes
HDFS 263 - Relationships and Fam Systems  3
HTH 220 - Human Sexuality  3
Supportiing Course Electives  3
University Core  3
Year Total: 15 15
Junior YearCredits
HDFS 359 - Theories and Skills for the Human Services3  
HDFS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3  
Supporting Course Electives6  
Upper Division Supporting Course Electives3  
CHTH 317 - Health Behavior Theories  3
CHTH 435 - Human Response To Stress  3
HADM 445 - Managing Healthcare Organizations  3
HTH 455 - The Ethic of Care  3
Supporting Course Electives  3
Year Total: 15 15
Senior YearCredits
CHTH 440 - Principles Of Epidemiology3  
CHTH 498 - Internship3  
HDFS 465R - Family Law & Public Policy3  
Supporting Course Electives6  
CHTH 428 - Health Disparities  3
CHTH 443 - Program Evaluation for Community Health  3
CHTH 445 - Program Planning for CH  3
CHTH 498 - Internship  3
Supporting Course Electives  3
Year Total: 15 15
Total Program Credits: 121

Supporting Courses (21-35 credits)

Select supporting courses from the list below.  Select courses that will best compliment your professional goals in community health.  Courses may be counted only once on your program of study.  Check prerequisites to all courses.

BMGT 205Prof Business Communication3
BMGT 469Community Entrepreneurship & Nonprofit Management3
CHTH 245Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health in Aging3
CHTH 325Leadership & Public Policies in Aging3
CHTH 405Caregiving & Aging Families3
CHTH 430Mental Health & Social Issues in Aging3
HDFS 138Survey of Family Finance and Consumer Issues3
HDFS 260Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development3
HDFS 261Adult Development and Aging3
HDFS 271Statistical Measures of Well-Being3
HDFS 337Personal and Family Finance I3
HDFS 338Personal and Family Finance II3
HDFS 461Principles Wellbeing in Aging3
HDFS 464Gndr, Rce, Clss, and Fam Diver3
NUTR 321Nutrition in the Life Cycle3
NUTR 351Nutrition and Society3
PSCI 210ISIntroduction to American Government3
PSCI 230DIntroduction to International Relations3
PSCI 240Introduction to Public Administration3
PSCI 439International Human Rights3
PSCI 465Public Administration and Policy3
PSYX 230Developmental Psychology3
PSYX 333Psychology of Aging3
PSYX 335Psychology of Gender3
PSYX 340Abnormal Psychology3
PSYX 360Social Psychology3
PSYX 385Psychology of Personality3
PSYX 462Psychology of Prejudice3
SOCI 150DSocial Difference3
SOCI 320Sociology of Religion3
SOCI 325Social Stratification3
SOCI 326Sociology of Gender3
SOCI 344Sociology of Race & Ethnicity3
SOCI 355Population and Society3
SOCI 370Sociology of Globalization3
STAT 216QIntroduction to Statistics3
STAT 217QIntermediate Statistical Concepts3

Professional Units:  Supporting courses have been specified into professional units.  These professional units provide a specific list of supporting courses that students should take if they are interested in a particular area of community health.  Professional units include again, health administration, health disparities, health policy, and public health/epidemiology.  Please contact the HHD Advising Office for professional unit course lists.

Community Health students may also consider the following minors as partial or complete fulfillment of supporting course credits.  Approved minors include business administration, psychology, sociology, and Spanish.


Graduates of the program may pursue certification as a Community Health Education Specialist (CHES).  Please see a Community Health faculty member for additional information.