Graduates of the community health program enter the job market as health educators,
fitness consultants, consumer information director, and community outreach coordinator
who are trained to promote healthy lifestyles through behavior modification, physical
activity and proper nutrition to prevent diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure,
cancer, domestic violence, substance abuse or heart disease.
To curtail the high cost of health care, policy makers are increasingly employing
the preventive approaches and services of community educators in county, state and
federal health departments, wellness programs, hospitals, disease management and consulting
firms, consumer advocacy and international organizations, and voluntary health care
Following completion of the Bachelor of Science (BS) in community health degree program,
the graduates will:
- Apply psychological and sociological theories in explaining human behaviors in different
- Comprehend the factors that influence health and well being.
- Promote health and prevent disease by positively influencing the behavior of clients.
- Determine the individual and community health needs by using valid health information
and appropriate evaluative methods.
- Understand the US health care system and respond ethically to health care dilemmas.
- Comprehend published research in public health.
The community health program admits freshmen and transfer students. Applications are
accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Students must complete the general university
admission requirements and successfully complete the required university examinations
in English, mathematics and reading, in addition to federal and state constitution
All students admitted to the community health program must successfully complete
121-122 credits of course work which consists of 55-56 credits of general education
courses; 12 credits of health sciences core courses; 43 credits of community health
core courses and 9 credits of community health supportive electives. A minimum grade
point average of 2.5 is required to remain in the program. Students must earn a grade
of C or better in all courses.
Health Sciences (H SC) Course Description (PDF)
Curriculum Pattern for the BS degree in Community Health (PDF)
Community Health Audit Sheet (PDF)
Community Health Registration Grid (PDF)
Plan of Study Worksheet (PDF)
Prospective students should contact the Department of Health Studies Chairperson for
further information on the BS degree in Community Health.
Dr. Thomas Britt
Office: (773) 821-2201
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH STUDIES POLICY ON ADMISSION, PROGRESSION AND RETENTION