Yes! Our BS in Community Health is accredited and recognized by the Council on Education for Public Health as a public health degree. This is the major you want if you are interested in public health.
The How to Declare or Change Your Major page reviews the steps needed to declare or change your major.
You must meet with an academic advisor in the College of Health and Human Services about your plan to change into, declare, or add the BS in Community Health as a second major.
Deciding on which – if any – concentration is right for you is an individual choice based on your interests and career goals. Compare concentrations. We encourage you to review each concentration’s full requirements in the University Catalog and talk with your academic advisor.
To add or change a concentration in the BS, Community Health, meet with your academic advisor in the Office of Student Affairs. Compare concentrations.
A concentration is part of your major. The concentrations for the BS in Community Health are between 39-46 credits. While a minor also digs deeper into a topic, they are between 18-19 credits.
The Department of Global and Community Health offers three minors: Global Health, Physical Activity in Public Health, and Public Health.
You should speak with your academic advisor to determine which program is right for you and will be the best fit for your interests and career goals. Learn more about undergraduate advising in the College of Health and Human Services.
Typically, students in majors other than Community Health enroll in the department’s minors. If you are interested in adding a minor to your program of study, make sure to discuss your plans with a CHHS academic advisor.
If you are a current Community Health major who is looking for a minor, here is a list of minors you might be interested in.
If you want to add a GCH minor to your current degree program, you should first discuss with your undergraduate advisor. You will need the signature of an advisor in the College of Health and Human Services. Learn more about adding a minor.
Community Health majors can meet with any academic advisor in the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Health and Human Services. Appointments can be made online.
You can access your specific degree requirements through the following ways:
Logging into Degree Works.
Reviewing the Program Planning and Advising Sheets for their academic year.
Meeting with an academic advisor in Office of Student Affairs in the College of Health and Human Services. Learn more about undergraduate advising in the College of Health and Human Services.
As an interdisciplinary degree with a strong liberal arts foundation, the BS in Community Health is a flexible degree that allows graduates to pursue careers in a variety of settings. Many graduates go on to attend graduate school in public health, medicine, and psychology.
Graduates of our BS in Community Health have titles including:
Public Health Analyst
Yes! Many graduates of the BS in Community Health choose to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) exam. For more information about the CHES® exam and becoming certified, visit the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing website.
Students who choose the Physical Activity and Public Health concentration are also eligible to sit for the Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS) exam. A PAPHS develops key partnerships to establish legislation, policies and programs that promote physical activity with a focus on the public health setting for people all over the country. For more information about the PAPHS exam and becoming certified, visit the American College of Sports Medicine website.