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, major courses,and general electives. All students in theCommunity Health major must complete all major requirements and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a major GPA of 2.0 to graduate with the degree.

                                                                                                

Undergraduate Program Competencies

No matter which path you take within our program, upon graduation, you will have mastered each of the Department’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.

University CORE and General Education Requirements

In addition to completing a major course of study, students are required to complete a set of general education requirements (CORE or General Education) intended to provide exposure to broad areas of historic and contemporary human thought and experience. The program that each student must follow is determined by his/her date of matriculation at the University of Maryland--College Park.

CORE: The following students are required to complete CORE requirements:

  • New freshmen who entered the University of Maryland after Spring 1990 and before Fall 2012.
  • Transfer students who matriculated the University of Maryland--College Park after Spring 1990 and before Fall 2012.
  • Transfer students who attended a Maryland public institution of higher education prior to Fall 2012 and matriculate to the University of Maryland--College Park prior to Fall 2016.

 To learn more about the CORE program, please visit http://www.ugst.umd.edu/core/.

General Education: The following students are required to complete General Education requirements:

  • New freshmen who matriculated in Fall 2012 or later.
  • Transfer students (from private or non-Maryland public institutions of higher education) who matriculated to the University of Maryland--College Park in Fall 2012 or later.
  • All transfer students who matriculated to the University of Maryland--College Park starting in Fall 2016 regardless of the date of their matriculation to another Maryland public institution.
  • Returning or transfer students who have had a separation from the University of Maryland--College Park of five or more continuous years.

To learn more about the General Education program, please visit http://www.gened.umd.edu/.

Community Health Major Requirements

There are three components to Community Health major requirements: Supportive Requirements, Health Electives, and Professional Preparation courses.  All major requirements, including BSCI105, BSCI201, and BSCI202, must be completed with grades of “C-”or higher. A student’s Community Health major required coursework will depend on when he/she entered the major, as indicated in the links below:

Please click on when you entered the major to see the major requirements:

Entered Spring 2011 or laterEntered Spring 2010 or Fall 2010  |  Entered Spring 2007-Fall 2009  |  Entered Before Spring 2007

Entered Spring 2011 or Later:

Supportive Requirements (21 credits total): 

  • HLTH 130: Introduction to Public & Community Health
  • HLTH 140: Personal and Community Health
  • HLTH 230: Introduction to Health Behavior
  • BSCI 170/171 (formerly BSCI105): Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology/Lab
  • BSCI 201: Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BSCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology II

Health Electives (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. 

Below is a list of courses that count as electives in the Community Health major.

Please remember: 

  • Not all courses are offered each semester, and some are only offered in summer and winter. 
  • Restrictions and prerequisites for all courses must be met, and may change over time. 
  • When permission to enroll is required for courses offered outside the BCH Department, you must contact the specific Department offering the course for that permission. 
  • Honors courses listed below are restricted to students who have applied and then been accepted into the BCH Honors program.
  • If you find another UMCP course that you believe is clearly related to public/community health, please email a justification to your academic advisors (Ms. Hodgson and Dr. Smith) who will consider adding it to the approved list of electives.  
  • Dr. Smith and Ms. Hodgson will notify students of any additions to the lis

Course Code

Course Name

HLTH106

Drug Use and Abuse

HLTH106H

Drug Use and Abuse: Honors Section

HLTH234

Global Health Messages: Understanding Exposure and Impact

HLTH244

Public Health and Aging (Coming in spring 2017)

HLTH285

Controlling Stress and Tension

HLTH285H

Controlling Stress and Tension: Honors Section

HLTH325

Poor in America: Health and Wellbeing

HLTH325H

Poor in America: Health and Wellbeing: Honors Section

HLTH352

Portrayal of Drug Use and Addiction on Screen: Does Hollywood Get it Right?

HLTH352H

Portrayal of Drug Use and Addiction on Screen: Does Hollywood Get it Right?: Honors Section

HLTH366

Behavioral and Community Issues in Public Health (Note: This course is primarily for Public Health Science students, but if a HLTH major is given permission to take, will count as a health elective—contact Public Health Science major advisor for permission)

HLTH371

Communicating Health and Safety

HLTH374

Drugged, Drowsy, and Distracted Driving: Traffic Safety Issues for the New Millennium

HLTH374H

Drugged, Drowsy, and Distracted Driving: Traffic Safety Issues for the New Millennium: Honors Section

HLTH377

Human Sexuality

HLTH377H

Human Sexuality: Honors Section

HLTH410

Honors Seminar (Note: must be accepted into DBCH Honors Program to be eligible to take this course)

HLTH434

Introduction to Public Health Informatics

HLTH460

Minority Health

HLTH460H

Minority Health: Honors Section

HLTH471

Women’s Health

HLTH471H

Women’s Health: Honors Section

HLTH476

Death Education (summer and winter only)

HLTH498I

India: East Meets West—Contrasting Public Health Priorities, Pragmatics, and Polemics in the US and India (study abroad, winter term)

HLTH498T

Medical Terminology (summer and winter only)

 

HLTH289, HLTH386, HLTH389, HLTH489 (Independent Study)

Independent Study: By Permission Only. To learn more, go to our website: http://sph.umd.edu/department/bch/independent-study

HLTH380

Peer Education: CHOICES Program—Choosing Healthy Options in the College Environment Safely (alcohol and drugs) (Note: must be accepted into UMD’s Peer Education Program to be eligible to take this course)

HLTH381

Peer Education: HEALTH Works Program—Helping Establish a Lifestyle that Works (Note: must be accepted into UMD’s Peer Education Program to be eligible to take this course)

HLTH382

Peer Education: CARE Program—Campus Advocates Respond and Education to Stop Violence (Note: must be accepted into UMD’s Peer Education Program to be eligible to take this course)

HLTH383

Peer Education: SHARE Program—Sexual Health and Reproductive Education (Note: must be accepted into UMD’s Peer Education Program to be eligible to take this course)

FGSM320

Federal Semester Seminar: Public Health Policy (Note: must be accepted into UMD’s Federal/Global Semester Program to be eligible to take this course. Go to http://www.federalsemester.umd.edu/ for more information.)

FGSM398

Federal Semester Internship (Note: must be accepted into UMD’s Federal/Global Semester Program to be eligible to take this course. Go to http://www.federalsemester.umd.edu/ for more information.)

FGSM380

Global Semester Seminar: Responses to Global Challenges: A Practitioners Perspective (Note: must be accepted into UMD’s Federal/Global Semester Program to be eligible to take this course. Go to http://www.globalsemesterdc.umd.edu/ for more information.)

FGSM370

Global Semester Seminar: Science Diplomacy—Foreign Policy and Science, Technology, and Innovation (Note: must be accepted into UMD’s Federal/Global Semester Program to be eligible to take this course. Go to http://www.globalsemesterdc.umd.edu/ for more information.)

UNIV389K

Global Semester Internship (Note: must be accepted into UMD’s Federal/Global Semester Program to be eligible to take this course. Go to http://www.globalsemesterdc.umd.edu/ for more information.)

NFSC100

Elements of Nutrition

Non-Standard Courses BCH will Count as Health Electives

(Please contact the respective Departments below for clearance for seats, when permission is required.  BCH is unable to clear you for seats outside of our Department. )

AASP189I

HIV/AIDS in a Global Perspective

AASP499Q

Advanced Topics in Public Policy and the Black Community: Social Inequalities and Racial Disparities in Health

ANTH265

Anthropology of Global Health

ANTH463

Health Disparities in the U.S. 

FMSC280

Global, Child, and Family Health: Getting There Via E-Communications

FMSC410

Maternal, Child, and Family Health

HLSA

Any HLSA 300 or 400 Level Course (Note: These courses are primarily for Public Health Science students, but if a HLTH major is given permission to take, will count as a health elective—contact Public Health Science major advisor for permission)

KNES360

Physiology of Exercise

MIEH

Any MIEH 300 or 400 Level Course (Note: These courses are primarily for Public Health Science students, but if a HLTH major is given permission to take, will count as a health elective—contact Public Health Science major advisor for permission)

SPAN371

Spanish for the Health Professions (Note: has pre-requisites, and permission of SPAN Dept. required)

SPHL/PHSC

Any SPHL or PHSC 300 or 400 Level Course (Note: These courses are primarily for Public Health Science students, but if a HLTH major is given permission to take, will count as a health elective—contact Public Health Science major advisor for permission)

Professional Preparation (30 credits total):

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

This chart outlines the sequence of Community Health major required coursework as well as co and pre-requisite courses for students who entered the major in the Spring of 2011 or later—these courses are in addition to UMD required CORE and/or General Education requirements. Note that the 6 required health electives for the major are not listed on the chart, as these can be taken at any point in time prior to the HLTH491 Community Health Internship.

 

Entered Spring 2010 or Fall 2010

Suppportive Requirements (24 credits total):

  • HLTH 130: Introduction to Public & Community Health
  • HLTH 140: Personal and Community Health
  • HLTH 230: Introduction to Health
  • BSCI 170/171 (formerly BSCI105): Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology/Lab
  • BSCI 201: Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BSCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology II
  • EDMS 451: Introduction to Educational Statistics

EDCP/FMSC/EDHD (6 credits total): Two classes (3 credits each, 300 or 400 level) from at least two of these departments (EDCP/FMSC/EDHD). If taken after 60 credits may double count as Advanced Studies.

Health Electives (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. 

Professional Preparation (24 credits total):

  • HLTH 200: Intro to Research in Public Health
  • HLTH 391: Principles of Community Health I
  • HLTH 420: Effective Strategies for Public Health Practice
  • HLTH 490: Principles of Community Health II
  • HLTH 491: Community Health Internship (12 credits)

 

Entered Spring 2007 - Fall 2009

Suppportive Requirements (24 credits total):

  • HLTH 130: Introduction to Public & Community Health
  • HLTH 140: Personal and Community Health
  • HLTH 230: Introduction to Health Behavior
  • BSCI 170/171 (formerly BSCI105): Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology/Lab
  • BSCI 201: Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BSCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology II
  • EDMS 451: Introduction to Educational Statistics

EDCP/FMSC/EDHD (6 credits total): Two classes (3 credits each, 300 or 400 level) from at least two of these departments (EDCP/FMSC/EDHD). If taken after 60 credits may double count as Advanced Studies.

Health Electives (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. 

Professional Preparation (21 credits total):

  • HLTH 391: Principles of Community Health I
  • HLTH 420: Effective Strategies for Public Health Practice
  • HLTH 490: Principles of Community Health II
  • HLTH 491: Community Health Internship (12 credits)

 

Entered before Spring 2007

Contact an advisor.

Community Health Specialization Areas

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health is excited to offer our students the following three guided specialization areas in the Community Health major!

Special Populations:  Life circumstances and related bio/psycho/social conditions can warrant special attention in understanding health risks of populations.  People with characteristics or circumstances that have unique health implications may include the groups and subgroups in the following categories:   women, children, ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities, the LBGT community, older adults, and people living in poverty, as examples.  Specific health risks and approaches to addressing these risks are explored within this specialization area.

Health Communication:  Health communication is the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence decisions that enhance health. Health communication is fundamental in disease prevention, health promotion, health care policy, and the business of health care. Health communication uses a variety of approaches to deliver targeted messages to diverse audience segments ranging from at risk groups, to health professionals, to policy makers.  This specialization focuses on theory and practice in understanding health communication uses, and methods and materials that can be applied to health campaigns and social marketing efforts.

Health Risk Behavior: Risk behaviors are those associated with increased susceptibility to disease and/or injury.  Risk behaviors are many and varied and include cigarette smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, poor nutrition practices, unprotected sexual behavior, distracted driving, and violence, as examples.  Understanding health risks associated with specific patterns of behavior, why people engage in health risk behaviors, and methods of prevention are explored in this specialization. 

What does this mean for you?

  • You can take a cluster of courses in a specific area while earning health elective credit
  • You can strengthen your knowledge in a specific area of interest to you
  • You can cite your specialization area on your resume, cover letter and/or graduate/professional school application
  • You can start anytime and apply classes retroactively

How does this work?

  • You are required to take 12 credits in your specialization area
    • At least 9 credits must be taken in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health
    • 3 credits of approved courses can be taken outside of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health (advance approval is required by a Community Health Academic Advisor)
  • Your specialization will be recognized in a letter from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. This letter will be provided after you have completed all requirements for the Community Health major.  The specialization will not be noted on your transcript.
  • Questions? Contact your Community Health advisors!  Dr. Nancy Smith: nsmith10@umd.edu; Ms. Jenny Hodgson: jhodgson@umd.ed

What steps should I take to declare a specialization?

  • Review the specialization area table and guidelines on the website
  • Schedule an advising appointment and specify online your specialization interest and planned courses. (http://sph.umd.edu/department/bch/advising
  • Come prepared for advising with course description(s) for desired course(s) outside of the Community Health major, as applicable. A maximum of 1 course outside of the major is permitted for a specialization area.  Advisors must review your proposed course(s). An email decision will be sent within 10 business days
  • Track your specialization progress and let your advisor know once it is complete

Which courses can count toward my specialization area?
Click here for more info!