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Department of Public Health


The College of Health and Human Services Pre-Health Program provides support to students exploring careers in health and human services professions with academic advising and career exploration.  The Pre-Health Program allows students interested in Health Science-Community Health, Nursing, Kinesiology-Exercise Science, and Social Work to explore these majors and career pathways. The Pre-Health Program, a three-semester program is for first time freshmen and will blend in all lower division general education. Students in the Pre-Health Program will enroll in HHS 18: Career Pathways in Health and Human Services in their first semester and HHS 100T: Career Exploration in Health and Human Services in their second semester to assist in the exploration process. During the second semester, an academic counselor will work with students to identify a major appropriate to their career path based on their career exploration.

If a student would like to continue into Health Science Community Health, then in the beginning of their third semester, students will apply to the program. If admitted students will start the Community Health Option in the fourth semester. Students must meet the minimum application requirements set forward by the Department of Public Health in order to apply. 

More information on Pre-Health is available here:

Community Health Option

Increased concerns about chronic and emerging diseases, the need to provide accurate and timely information addressing the physical, psychological, social, emotional and intellectual needs of our country and nations throughout the world, as well as the cost-effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention strategies provide the basis for a promising career in community health.

Community Health in ActionThe Community Health curriculum in the Department of Public Health is designed to prepare individuals to enter the work force as competent health educators in the private or public arenas. Students in this option are encouraged to seek the CHES certification following graduation.

The curriculum requires courses in the basic sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology) as well as: Community Health, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Administration, Health Behavior, Health Education Methods, Human Disease, Consumer Health, International Health, Substance Abuse, and many other topics. Program planning and evaluation are emphasized throughout the program.

Employment opportunities

Graduates typically obtain jobs in the medical, industrial, business, or educational fields. The Armed Services also recruit qualified graduates and many students go on to graduate degrees or enter professional programs. The Community Health Option is a very popular choice for those going into Physical Therapy, Medical School, Physician Assistant training, Occupational Therapy, Masters of Public Health programs, and many other professional fields.

According to the US Department of Labor the employment outlook for health educators is very strong. Follow this link for an article on the employment outlook for health educators.

Community Health Option Course Requirements

Core classes : 15 units

  • PH 92 - Public Health Statistics
  • PH 100 - Community Health
  • PH 109 - Epidemiology of Disease
  • PH 161 - Environmental and Human Health
  • PH 163 - Public Health Administration

Plus an additional 12 units to be chosen in conjunction with your advisor.

Option Requirements (21 units):

  • PH 90 - Contemporary Health Issues
  • PH 91 - Human Sexuality
  • PH 110 - Drugs, Society, and Health
  • PH 114 - Health Behavior
  • PH 131 - Principles of Health Education
  • PH 133 - Health Education Methods
  • PH 135 - Introduction to Human Disease

Option Elective Requirements (select 6 units from): PH 48, 49, 104, 111, 112, 115, 127, 129, 130, 152T, 182; 188, NUTR 53, 54

Additional requirements: 15 units
BIOL 10 or 110; CHEM 3A, 3B; Bio 33

Download Community Health Roadmap Here


See Also

Catalog: Course Pre-Requisites and Descriptions

Catalog: Programs