Community Health Concentration

Community health educators seek to educate and empower the public to understand their health, to make healthy choices, to improve their quality of life, and to reduce disease and disability. Community health educators design, market, implement and/or evaluate health education and health promotion programs for the general public in community settings. The settings in which community health educators work include, but are not limited to health departments, voluntary health agencies, hospitals, universities, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools.

The community health concentration within the Department of Health Science provides students with a foundation in a variety of health topic areas, health education theory and practice, and program planning and evaluation. During their final term, students complete a 12-unit internship in a community setting to gain exposure and practical experience in the field.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

Required Prerequisites (25 Units)
BIOL 190INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS (lab)4
CHEM 121
121L
ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
BIOL 221
221L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LAB]
4
BIOL 222
222L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LAB]
4
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
COMM 131FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH COMMUNICATION3
GERO 101INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY3
or SOCI 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Health Science Content Core (21 Units)
HLTH 101WELLNESS FOR A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HLTH 222FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH BEHAVIOR3
HLTH 204NUTRITION AND WEIGHT CONTROL FOR THE CONSUMER3
HLTH 208MENTAL HEALTH, STRESS MANAGEMENT, AND CRISIS INTERVENTION3
HLTH 220SEXUALITY IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HLTH 311CHRONIC AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE3
HLTH 432MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
Total Units46

Please note: Enrollment in BIOL 221BIOL 221LBIOL 222, and BIOL 222L. is limited to two attempts including withdrawals. Exceptions to this limit may be requested by contacting the Course Coordinator.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CONCENTRATION

Required Courses (24 Units)
HLTH 103EMC, FIRST AID AND SAFETY3
HLTH 207HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.3
HLTH 315CURRICULUM AND PLANNING3
HLTH 405DRUGS IN OUR CULTRE3
HLTH 425INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
HLTH 430ORGANIZATION, IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS3
HLTH 435EPIDEMIOLOGICAL BASIS OF DISEASE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH3
PSYC 201EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
or PSYC 203 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Internship (12 Units)
HLTH 422FIELD WORK IN COMMUNITY HEALTH 112
Total Units36
1

The Community Health Internship, which is completed during the student’s final term, serves as a capstone experience where students can apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom to a health setting. To be eligible for the internship, students must have senior status and must have successfully completed all required courses with a grade of C or better.

The requirements for the internship in this concentration cannot be waived. ALL COURSE WORK MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3ENGL 102 (Core 2)3
HLTH 101 (Core 11)3HLTH 2223
BIOL 190 (Core 7)4PSYC 1013
SOCI 101 (Core 6)3CHEM 121
121L (Core 8)
4
Core 33COMM 131 (Core 5)3
 16 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 221
221L
4BIOL 222
222L
4
HLTH 2073Core 43
HLTH 2083Core 123
HLTH 220 (Core 13)3PSYC 201 or PSYC 2033
HLTH 2043Elective3
 16 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HLTH 315 (Core 9)3Elective3
Core 103Core 143
HLTH 3113HLTH 4323
Elective3HLTH 4053
HLTH 1033Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HLTH 4353HLTH 42212
HLTH 4253 
HLTH 4303 
Elective3 
Elective3 
 15 12
Total Units 121

1. Using technology, students will identify, analyze and evaluate major and micro influences (e.g. demographic, social and political), and how these affect individual and population health behaviors and outcomes.
2. Students will write clearly, logically and succinctly in standard professional prose with well-referenced developmental detail appropriately cited according to APA standards.
3. Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors in the field of health education exhibiting appropriate intrapersonal and interpersonal social skills with management, staff or students in ways that promote effective work and/or learning environments.