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Community Health [CHEA] (Major)

This degree program in the Health Department has been designed for students interested in preparing for health careers in community/public health settings. Students participate in a full semester internship experience. A number of concentrations are available to help meet specific career interests of students.

Those wishing to pursue clinical health-related careers may combine the community health major with the allied health concentration to prepare for post-graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, physician's assistancy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and chiropractic medicine.

Career Potential

  • Environmental health specialist
  • Community health educator
  • College health promotion specialist
  • Wellness health promotion specialist
  • Health administrator
  • Health Communication specialist
  • International health promotion

Special Features

  • Health Science Honorary chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma
  • Study Abroad in London, Belize, Australia, Africa
  • Concentrations  for more focused study
  • Required full semester of fieldwork

Changing Your Major to a Health Department Program

Students meeting the criteria listed below who wish to change majors to the community health or the health education program must submit an application for consideration no later than the end of the third week in the semester prior to when they would like to enter the health department program. Decisions will be made 4-6 weeks after the start of each semester for entry the following semester.

Those students meeting the criteria listed below wishing to change to the human service studies major must have completed an associate's degree in human services or chemical dependency counseling to be eligible for consideration.

Criteria

  • Minimum overall grade point average:
    • 2.5 for 46 or more credit hours completed
    • 2.35 for 0-45 credit hours completed
  • Ability to clearly articulate why you want to be a health major
  • A high level of interest, indicated by volunteer/work/educational experience
  • Ability to articulate a connection between a health major and career interests

Meeting minimum overall grade point average does not guarantee admittance to the health major.

Bachelor of Science in Community Health
A. Health Science Requirement: 13 credit hours
  • BIO 301 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 302 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 303 - Microbiology and Human Disease (4 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
B. Required Health Courses: 28 credit hours
  • HLH 203 - Community Health (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 221 - Professional Issues in Health Science (1 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 380 - Introduction to Health Informatics and Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 390 - Environmental Health and Ecology (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 391 - Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 394 - Health-Related Behavior: Formation and Change (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 462 - Organization and Administration of Health Programs (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 492 - Chronic and Communicable Diseases (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 493 - Community Health Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 494 - Assessment and Evaluation of Health Programs (3 cr. hr.)
C. Fieldwork: 16 credit hours

Overall 2.5 grade point average required

  • HLH 499 - Fieldwork in Health (8 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 499 must be taken for a total of 16 credit hours
D. Health Electives: Nine credit hours

Students select courses based on professional interests. The following courses are typical electives in this program.

  • HLH 111 - International Health and Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 163 - The HIV Epidemic (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 201 - Health Problems of the Underserved (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 210 - Wellness and Health Promotion (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 232 - Nutrition (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 301 - Stress Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 302 - Human Sexuality Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 314 - Mental Health and Counseling (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 367 - Drug Problems: Intervention and Prevention (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 393 - Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health (3 cr. hr.)
E. Optional Concentration Requirements

Students in the Community Health program also may elect one of the following concentrations in addition to the core course of study: Allied Health, College Health Promotion and Prevention Services, Environmental Health, Health Care Administration and Planning, Health Communication, International Health, or Wellness and Health Promotion.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the B.S. in Community Health over Four Years

First Year

Fall Total credit hours: 17-18

  • Two GE courses
  • Free elective
  • BIO 110 - Principles of Biology I (4 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • Two GE?courses
  • BIO 111 - Principles of Biology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 203 - Community Health (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Two GE courses
  • Health elective
  • BIO 301 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 221 - Professional Issues in Health Science (1 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Two GE?courses
  • Free elective
  • Health elective
  • BIO 302 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • Free elective
  • Health elective
  • HLH 380 - Introduction to Health Informatics and Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 390 - Environmental Health and Ecology (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Two free electives
  • HLH 391 - Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 394 - Health-Related Behavior: Formation and Change (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 462 - Organization and Administration of Health Programs (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year

Fall Total credit hours: 17

  • Free elective
  • BIO 303 - Microbiology and Human Disease (4 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 492 - Chronic and Communicable Diseases (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 493 - Community Health Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 494 - Assessment and Evaluation of Health Programs (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • HLH 499 - Fieldwork in Health (8 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 499 must be taken for a total of 16 credit hours