2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Community Health [CHEA]

This degree program in the Health Department  has been designed for students interested in preparing for health careers in community/public health settings. Students participate in a full semester internship experience. A number of concentrations are available to help meet specific career interests of students.

Those wishing to pursue clinical health-related careers may combine the community health major with the allied health concentration to prepare for post-graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physician's assistancy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine and related clinical areas.

Career Potential

  • Environmental health specialist
  • Community health educator
  • College health promotion specialist
  • Wellness health promotion specialist
  • Health administrator
  • Health Communication specialist
  • International health promotion

Special Features

  • Health Science Honorary chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma
  • Study Abroad in London, Belize, Australia, Africa, Cuba
  • Concentrations  for more focused study
  • Required full semester of fieldwork

Changing Your Major to a Health Department Program

Students meeting the criteria listed below who wish to change majors to the community health or the health education program must submit an application for consideration no later than the end of the second week in the semester prior to when they would like to enter the health department program. Decisions will be made 4-6 weeks after the start of each semester for entry the following semester.

Those students meeting the criteria listed below wishing to change to the human service studies major must have completed an associate's degree in human services or chemical dependency counseling to be eligible for consideration.


  • Minimum overall grade point average:
    • 2.5 for 46 or more credit hours completed
    • 2.35 for 0-45 credit hours completed
  • Ability to clearly articulate why you want to be a health major
  • A high level of interest, indicated by volunteer/work/educational experience
  • Ability to articulate a connection between a health major and career interests

Meeting minimum overall grade point average does not guarantee admittance to the health major.

Bachelor of Science in Community Health

C. Fieldwork: 16 credit hours

Overall 2.5 grade point average required

D. Health Electives: 9 credit hours

Students select courses based on professional interests. The following courses are typical electives in this program.

E. Optional Concentration Requirements

Students in the Community Health program also may elect one of the following concentrations in addition to the core course of study: Allied Health, College Health Promotion and Prevention Services, Environmental Health, Health Care Administration and Planning, Health Communication, International Health, or Wellness and Health Promotion.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

Example of the B.S. in Community Health over four years

First Year Fall

Total credit hours for semester: 16

First Year Spring

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Second Year Fall

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Second Year Spring

Total credit hours for semester: 15

Third Year Fall

Total credit hours for semester: 15

Total credit hours for semester: 15

Total credit hours for semester: 15

Fourth Year Spring

Total credit hours for semester: 16