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Community Health - BS

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science program in Community Health (COMHE BS) is a competitive 48-credit major, entered into upon completion of 60 credits of undergraduate study.

Students in the COMHE BS Program will develop the skills needed to be able to effectively answer a vast array of public health questions such as disease, violence, and healthcare through a social justice lens. Community health professionals work to improve the health and well-being of entire communities. While clinical health professionals might treat an elderly diabetic patient, a community health professional will work to understand and reduce a community’s elevated risk for diabetes.

COMHE students will learn to analyze how both social structures - including poverty, racism, and environmental exposures - and behavioral choices - shape a community’s health. COMHE majors will take courses in health disparities, epidemiology, public health biology, and community health assessment to develop their analytical skills, as well as innovative courses in health communications and social media, to learn essential tools for addressing public health problems.

In addition, the major includes fieldwork experience and a research seminar, which give students opportunities to apply what they have learned in a real-world setting on a community health topic of their choosing.

The BS program is designed to prepare students for work in health, community-based, and human rights organizations, family planning clinics, mental health centers, homeless shelters, research centers, and media organizations, as well as in city, state, and national health departments.

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