2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2023-24 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. 

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

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Assess a community's health needs to determine priority areas amenable to intervention.
  2. Utilize models, theories, and frameworks to assess, develop, or plan community health interventions.
  3. Analyze the impact and role of public health systems and the environment in the design and planning of community health interventions.
  4. Analyze a health issue using an ecological framework to identify opportunities for intervention.
  5. Plan an evidence-based program to address a community's health needs and improve quality of life.
  6. Select and apply valid sources of secondary data when engaging in community health practice.
  7. Collect, analyze, and interpret primary and secondary data needed to address a research question, to evaluate the effectiveness of a program/service, or to assess the health needs of a community.
  8. Use the research literature to identify evidence based practices for public health interventions.
  9. Plan, implement, and evaluate a health intervention to promote health at the individual, community, or policy level.
  10. Collaborate with other community health professionals, stakeholders, and participants to address a community's needs.
  11. Effectively communicate community health information in oral and written forms through a variety of sources and channels.
  12. Apply ethical principles when working with organizations, communities, and individuals.
  13. Demonstrate cultural competence when working with diverse populations.
  14. Demonstrate the dispositions needed to be an effective public health professional.
  15. Articulate a plan for achieving a career of their choice in public health.

Changing Your Major to a Health Department Program

Students meeting the criteria listed below who wish to change majors to the community health program must submit an application for consideration to the health department program. 


  • 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, 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