Community and Public Health

Division of Professional Studies

Associate Dean: Deborah Beall

Department Chair: Eric Smith

Department Coordinator: Ramona Miller

Public and Community Health Education is a field with many opportunities and room to grow and explore. This program can provide you with the introductory, but specialized knowledge and skills you need to address current and emerging public and community health issues. With the rapid development of new technologies for disease prevention and promotion of health, public and community health professionals require a broad-ranging education with emphases on problem-solving skills and an understanding of the complexity of creating individual and community health. Biostatisticians apply statistical theory, methods, and techniques to the planning, development, and evaluation of health programs and problems. They collect and analyze various types of information such as demo- graphic and vital statistics, social and business data, health resources statistics, and other forms of social and economic data that are relevant to modern health problems. Upon completion, transfer degree options include health education, health promotion, wellness, nutrition, public health, health management or epidemiology/biostatistics. An A.S. in Public and Community Health offers you a foundation that will prepare you for further education and a career in service to humanity.

Graduates are able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and analyze evidence-based health and wellness information in order to make sound decisions and solve problems as they apply to community and public health.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of individual and community health needs.
  • Identify and utilize behavioral strategies to promote positive lifestyle choices and improve the health of individuals and communities.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in suitable technologies, scientific inquiry skills and communication strategies relevant to community and public health issues;
  • Demonstrate the ability to discuss and integrate the importance and influence of social and cultural factors and their effects on public health.

High school or equivalent preparation required

Program Requirements

Item #
Title
Credits
MATH 1310 or higher  +
4
Laboratory Sciences  +
8
Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives  +
6
Concentration Requirements  +
22
Sub-Total Credits
64
Total credits:
64

Course Sequencing

Health and Physical Education/Teacher Preparation Track

Intended as a guide for academic planning. It need not be followed exactly or completed in four semesters.

First Semester 

Item #
Title
Credits
MATH 1310 or higher  +
4
Laboratory Science Elective  +
4
Sub-Total Credits
17

Second Semester

Item #
Title
Credits
Laboratory Science Elective  +
4
HLTH 2212 or PEPD 1200  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
13

Third Semester

Concentration Elective: PSYC 2207, 2208, 2209, 2214, 2215, 2221; SOCI 2000 or 2210

Item #
Title
Credits
Concentration Elective  +
3
Foreign Language  +
4
Sub-Total Credits
16

Fourth Semester

Concentration Elective: American History, Western Civilization, Art, or Foreign Language.

Concentration Electives: Health, Wellness, Physical Education Professional Development.

Item #
Title
Credits
Concentration Elective  +
3
Concentration Electives  +
6
Sub-Total Credits
18

Community and Public Health Track

Intended as a guide for academic planning. It need not be followed exactly or completed in four semesters.

First Semester 

 

Item #
Title
Credits
MATH 1310 or higher  +
4
BIOL 1210 or 2020  +
4
Sub-Total Credits
17

Second Semester

Item #
Title
Credits
BIOL 1220 or 2030  +
4
Foreign Language  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
13

Third Semester

Liberal Arts and Science electives: Must be from two (2) different categories: American History, Internship (INTR), Western Civilization, Art, or Foreign Language.

Item #
Title
Credits
Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives  +
6
Sub-Total Credits
18

Allied Health Track

Intended as a guide for academic planning. It need not be followed exactly or completed in four semesters.

First Semester 

Item #
Title
Credits
MATH 1310 or higher  +
4
BIOL 1210 or 2020  +
4
Sub-Total Credits
17

Second Semester

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
13

Third Semester

Concentration Elective: PSYC 2207, 2208, 2209, 2214, 2215, 2221, SOCI 2000 or 2210.

Item #
Title
Credits
Concentration Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
16

Fourth Semester

Concentration Elective: American History, Western Civilization, Art, or Foreign Language.

Concentration Electives: Health, Wellness, Physical Education Professional Development.

Item #
Title
Credits
Concentration Elective  +
3
Concentration Electives  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
18

Health and Fitness Promotion Track

Intended as a guide for academic planning. It need not be followed exactly or completed in four semesters.

First Semester 

Item #
Title
Credits
MATH 1310 or higher  +
4
BIOL 1210 or 2020  +
4
Sub-Total Credits
17

Second Semester

Item #
Title
Credits
BIOL 1220 or 2030  +
4
HLTH 2212 or PEPD 1200  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
13

Third Semester

Concentration Elective: PSYC 2207, 2208, 2209, 2214, 2215, 2221; SOCI 2000 or 2210.

Concentration Elective: American History, Western Civilization, Art, or Foreign Language.

Item #
Title
Credits
Concentration Elective  +
3
Concentration Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15

Fourth Semester

Concentration Electives: PFIT or PEPD.

Item #
Title
Credits
Concentration Electives  +
7
Sub-Total Credits
19

Nutritional Sciences Track

Intended as a guide for academic planning. It need not be followed exactly or completed in four semesters.

First Semester 

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
18

Fourth Semester

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
13

Overview

Degree

Associate in Science

Type

Transfer