The Community Health major and minor promote health and wellness with an emphasis on prevention, life-long learning, and the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills that can be integrated into a holistic lifestyle. Students are prepared for careers in healthcare, public policy, community education, and much more. Graduates understand both macro and micro perspectives on health within communities. Completion of the community health major establishes eligibility to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.
Major in Community Health
Minor in Community Health
CHL 110 • Introduction to Healthcare 3 Credits
An introduction to various health professions and the healthcare system in the United States. Emphasis on understanding the healthcare system, current issues in healthcare, and healthcare career paths. Development of healthcare literacy and navigating healthcare culture. Students examine education, training, and licensure and/or certification requirements for potential careers.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
CHL 314 • Foundations, Administration, and Evaluation of Health Education 3 Credits
Introduces the health education and health promotion professions, including historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of health education. Explores theories of behavior change, the responsibilities of health educators, and investigates career opportunities. Examines the theoretical and practical basis for planning, implementing, administering, and evaluating health education programs.
Prerequisites: HAS 130. Offered: Spring.
CHL 318 • Epidemiology 2 Credits
Distribution of health and disease in populations and its influential or determining factors. Examines methodological and analytical techniques to summarize health-related indicators in populations. Focuses on tools and epidemiologic methods used to identify, prevent, and control disease and health-related conditions. Reviews the epidemiology of many major diseases and health-related conditions.
Prerequisites: HAS 130; BIO 104/BIO 104D or BIO 122/BIO 122D; BIO 238/BIO 239 or (BIO 214/BIO 215; BIO 216/BIO 217). Offered: Fall, even # years.
CHL 345 • Disease and Injury Control 2 Credits
Analysis of chronic diseases, infectious diseases, and injuries from both personal and societal perspectives. Focuses on the prevention, identification, and control of diseases and injuries. Examines the relationship of health promotion and lifestyle to disease and injury.
Prerequisites: HAS 120 and HAS 130. Offered: Fall, odd # years.
CHL 481 • Community Health Internship 3-4 Credits
A practical experience in off-campus practice and hybrid academic settings in applying academic knowledge and professional skills under the dual supervision of a faculty member and practicising professional.
Prerequisites: Major in community health; Consent of instructor. Offered: Fall, Spring. Special Notes: Application must be made at least one semester prior to the intended experience.