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 Sciences 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.

Students in the Health Education and Promotion major must select one of three concentrations: Community Health; School Health; or School & Community Health.  All students must complete 52 units of required courses (25 units of prerequisites and 27 units of professional courses) plus the requirements of their selected concentration.

Requirements for the Major

Required Prerequisites
BIOL 191
191L
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR 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 131PUBLIC SPEAKING3
PSYC 203HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3
or PSYC 201 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
or SCED 305 ADOLESCENT LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND DIVERSITY
Health Education Professional Courses
HLTH 101WELLNESS FOR A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HLTH 207HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.3
HLTH 222FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH BEHAVIOR3
HLTH 311CHRONIC AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE3
HLTH 315CURRICULUM AND PLANNING3
HLTH 402HEALTH COMMUNICATION3
HLTH 425INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
HLTH 430ORGANIZATION, IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS3
HLTH 432MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
Total Units52

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
HLTH 310INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH3
HLTH 435INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY3
HLTH 451INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH3
Required Electives
Select four courses from the list below12
EMC, FIRST AID AND SAFETY
INTERNATIONAL HEALTH
NUTRITION AND WEIGHT CONTROL FOR THE CONSUMER
MENTAL HEALTH, STRESS MANAGEMENT, AND CRISIS INTERVENTION
WOMEN'S HEALTH
SEXUALITY IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY
WEIGHT CONTROL: THEORY AND PRACTICE
NUTRITION FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
FOOD SAFETY SCIENCE
URBAN FOOD SYSTEMS
TEACHING ABOUT DRUGS AND SEX
DRUGS IN OUR CULTRE
VIOLENCE PREVENTION FOR HEALTH EDUCATORS
Internship
HLTH 422FIELD WORK IN COMMUNITY HEALTH 112
Total Units33

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 191
191L (Core 7)
4CHEM 121
121L (Core 8)
4
HLTH 101 (Core 11)3COMM 131 (Core 5)3
SOCI 101 (Core 6)3ENGL 102 (Core 2)3
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3HLTH 2223
Core 33PSYC 1013
 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 1033HLTH 4053
HLTH 3113HLTH 4323
HLTH 315 (Core 9)3Core 143
Core 103Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 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.