Frequently Asked Questions about the BS in Community Health

I want to major in public health, but I don’t see it listed. Is the BS in Community Health recognized as an undergraduate public health degree?

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.  

How do I become a Community Health major?

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.  

Learn more about undergraduate advising in the College of Health and Human Services.  

How do I know which concentration in the Community Health major is right for me?

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.  

Learn more about undergraduate advising in the College of Health and Human Services.  

I am a current Community Health major. How do I add or change my concentration?

To add or change a concentration in the BS, Community Health, meet with your academic advisor in the Office of Student Affairs. Compare concentrations.

Learn more about undergraduate advising in the College of Health and Human Services

What is the difference between a concentration and a minor?

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 BS in Community Health has four concentrations: Global Health, Clinical Science, Nutrition, and Physical Activity and Public Health. Compare concentrations.

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.  

View the BS, Community Health requirements in the University Catalog

Who enrolls in the minors offered in the Department of Global and Community Health?

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.

Learn more about undergraduate advising in the College of Health and Human Services.  

How do I add a GCH minor (Global Health, Public Health, or Physical Activity in Public Health) to my current degree program?

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.

I am a Community Health major. What should I minor in?

Community Health majors have minors in academic departments across the university. Here is a list of minors that might interest you. Learn more about how to add a minor to your degree program.

I am a Community Health major. Who is my academic advisor?

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.  

Learn more about undergraduate advising in the College of Health and Human Services

I am a current Community Health major. How do I know what courses I need to take?

You can access your specific degree requirements through the following ways: 

What do graduates of the BS in Community Health go on to do?

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: 

  • Research Assistant 

  • Wellness Coordinator 

Read more about GCH student outcomes.

Am I eligible for any professional certifications based on the BS in Community Health?

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.