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

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.

Freshman YearCredits
COM 110US - Public Communication3
FCS 101IS - Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan3
M 1xx or above3
PSYX 100IS - Intro to Psychology4
SOCI 101IS - Introduction to Sociology3
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3
University Core and Electives11
Year Total: 30
Sophomore YearCredits
BIOM 250 - Microbiology for Health Sciences: Infectious Diseases3
CHTH 205 - Drugs and Society3
CHTH 210 - Foundations in Community Health3
HTH 220 - Human Sexuality3
KIN 221 - Hlth Anatomy & Physiology3
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition3
WRIT 221 - Intermediate Tech Writing3
University Core and Electives9
Year Total: 30
Junior YearCredits
CHTH 317 - Health Behavior Theories3
CHTH 435 - Human Response To Stress3
FCS 359 - Theor Skills for Helping Relat3
FCS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3
FCS 465R - Family Law & Public Policy3
HTH 455 - The Ethic of Care3
University Core and Electives12
Year Total: 30
Senior YearCredits
CHTH 428 - Health Disparities3
CHTH 440 - Principles Of Epidemiology3
CHTH 445 - Program Planning for CH3
CHTH 498 - Internship6
FCS 464 - Gndr, Rce, Clss, and Fam Diver3
HADM 445 - Managing Hlthcare Orgnztns3
Year Total: 30
Total Program Credits: 120