Physical Ed, Health & Recreation, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Community Health degree prepares students to plan, implement, and evaluate health education and health promotion programs and services for individuals, groups, and communities. With a strong service orientation, students learn to apply a variety of methods, health behavior theories, and planning models to address health needs. The curriculum prepares students to meet the eligibility requirements for becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Admission and Declaration Process
Admission to the Community Health major is selective and the number of majors is limited. Interested students meet with program faculty to pre-major in Community Health. This allows students access to entry-level courses. Pre-majors are strongly advised to complete biology prerequisites for BIOL 348 and 349 and chemistry prerequisites for CHEM 251 or 351 by the end of the sophomore year. A 2.5 GPA is required to pre-major.
Application to the major is due by October 15 of the year prior to the senior 400-level courses. The application includes an essay; current résumé; a letter of reference; and transcripts. Program faculty will provide information on application specifics. Fulfillment of the requirement does not automatically secure admission to the major. Pre-majors are notified regarding acceptance before winter quarter registration. Majors must maintain the 2.5 GPA in all major courses to enroll in the required full-time internship at the end of the program of study.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.