The Bachelor of Science in Community Health degree program prepares students to effectively plan, develop, implement and evaluate community health education programs. Students in this program are exposed to material in health behavior, community health research, biostatistics, epidemiology, grant writing, health communication and professional development.

Graduates of the Community Health degree are prepared for entry-level health education positions in a variety of community health settings, including:

  • Health agencies (e.g., the American Red Cross, the American Heart As­sociation)
  • Worksite health promotion (e.g., corporate wellness programs, HMOs)
  • Government (e.g., National Institutes of Health, National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drugs)
  • Research and development organizations (e.g., MACRO, WESTAT)
  • Hospital settings

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Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health promotes critical thinking and prepares real-world problem-solvers by offering an applied approach to coursework.  In addition to specific University of Maryland requirements, Community Health undergraduate program specific coursework consists of 69 credit hours, including supportive requirements, health electives, and professional preparation classes, including a full-time, 12 credit capstone internship. All major requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or higher. 

Competencies

By the end of the Community Health program, all students will have mastered each of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health’s undergraduate competencies:

  • Identify individual and community level needs for health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Identify principles of community health that are needed for the development of effective health promotion and disease prevention strategies.
  • Apply statistics and research methods to accurately describe the distribution and examine the determinants of population health.
  • Apply statistics and research methods to community health program evaluations.
  • Describe how to plan, implement and administer short- and long-term community health interventions.
  • Communicate and disseminate the results of community health program evaluations.
  • Describe how to advocate for effective community health initiatives at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Identify strategies that effectively incorporate cultural competence within health promotion and community health initiatives.
  • Demonstrate competency in planning, preparing and delivering effective community health presentations.

Curriculum

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health, a student must earn at least 120 credits comprised of CORE or General Education requirements, Community Health major courses, and general electives. Community Health programmatic requirements are outlined below:

Community Health Supportive Requirement Courses (21 credits total)

HLTH 130: Introduction to Public & Community Health (3 credits)
HLTH 140: Personal and Community Health (3 credits)
HLTH 230: Introduction to Health Behavior (3 credits)
BSCI 105: Principles of Biology (4 credits)
BSCI 201: Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
BSCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)

Community Health Elective Courses (18 credits total)

Health electives allow the student to tailor their educational experience and to be exposed to a variety of topic areas in the context of community health. Students may select any six (18 credits) health electives from a pre-determined list. This list includes the following courses:

HLTH106: Drug Use and Abuse (3 credits)
HLTH285: Controlling Stress and Tension (3 credits)
HLTH371: Communicating Health and Safety (3 credits)
HLTH377: Human Sexuality (3 credits)
HLTH38X: Peer Education (3 credits)
HLTH460: Minority Health (3 credits)
HLTH471: Women’s Health (3 credits)
HLTH476: Death Education (offered summer and winter) (3 credits)
HLTH498A: Massage Therapy and Stress (3 credits)
HLTH498T: Medical Terminology (offered summer and winter) (3 credits)
NFSC100: Elements of Nutrition (3 credits)

Community Health Professional Preparation Courses (30 credits total)

HLTH 200: Intro to Research in Public Health (3 credits)
HLTH 300: Biostatistics for Public Health Practice (3 credits)
HLTH 301: Epidemiology for Public Health Practice (3 credits)
HLTH 391: Principles of Community Health I (3 credits)
HLTH 420: Methods and Materials in Health (3 credits)
HLTH 490: Principles of Community Health II (3 credits)
HLTH 491: Community Health Internship (12 credits)

Internship/Capstone

The Community Health Internship (HLTH491) is a unique and rewarding experience that provides Department of Behavioral and Community Health undergraduates with the opportunity to work in a mentored, professional, public/community health setting prior to graduation.  This required internship is completed during the student's final semester and only after all other academic requirements have been successfully completed (grades of “C-” or higher and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher). The internship is a 12 credit, 36 hour per week (15 weeks) requirement, and should be considered a full-time commitment. The internship is completed during the fall or spring semesters only; there are no summer internships. Due to supervisory requirements, Department of Behavioral and Community Health internships are typically completed at an agency or organization in, or near, the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area and are approved by the Department’s Internship Coordinator. There are a limited number of paid internships; however, most interns are not paid. HLTH491 is a pass/fail only course and does not contribute to a student’s GPA. 

Students will receive a complete orientation to the internship semester (and support in their internship search) during the semester in which they are enrolled in HLTH490: Principles of Community Health. Questions students may have regarding the internship will be addressed in HLTH490.

Examples of previous student HLTH491 internship experiences include:

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—HRSA (Health Resources Services Administration), Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services
  • FDA (Food and Drug Administration), Center for Health and Radiological Devices
  • National Institutes of Health—National Institute on Aging
  • Holy Cross Hospital—Department of Minority and Community Health
  • African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association
  • International Relief and Development (IRD)
  • Kaiser Permanente