This is a list of the descriptions of the courses that are being offered for undergraduate students in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health.  To see all of the course students will take in the Community​Health major, see degree requirements. Please click on the title of the course to see a sample syllabus for one of the sections of that course.  These syllabi are subject to change and if there are different sections for the course, the syllabi may slightly differ for each.  Please contact the instructor of the course for more information. For more information about courses being offered during each semester, go to schedule of classes on Testudo.


Supportive Requirements


HLTH 130: Introduction to Public and Community Health (3 credits)


This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of public and community health. The influence of public health professionals on the past, present, and future health status of society through the examination of critical health issues will be described. Programming models, theories and policy development are included.



HLTH 140: Personal and Community Health (3 credits)


Meaning and significance of physical, mental and social health as related to the individual and to society; important phases of national health problems; constructive methods of promoting health of the individual and the community.



HLTH 230: Introduction to Health Behavior


Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in HLTH130.


Psychological, social psychological, and sociological approaches to the following health areas: development of health attitudes and behavior, patient-provider interaction and the organization of health care.




Health Electives


HTLH 106: Drug Use and Abuse (3 credits)


An interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary drug issues and problems. The course will examine physiological, psychological, social, philosophical, historical, legal and health aspects of drug use and abuse. Special attention will be focused on those general motivations for drug use that attend life on the college campus


HLTH 234: Global Health Messages: Understanding Exposure and Impact (3 credits)


Using a global perspective, this course teaches students to be critical consumers of current and historical health communication interventions. It also provides students with the skills to develop media interventions that target specific and general populations. Students will discover the array of diverse media messages that influence the health and well-being of individuals and communities.


HLTH 242:  Sex in the City: Interdisciplinary Public Health Assessment


An examination of risky sexual behavior from an interdisciplinary public health perspective.  How biological, psychological, as well as sociological influences make indivudals vulnerable to practicing risky sexual behavior and how public health systems and government policies attempt to identify and preven the spread of disease.


HLTH 246: The U.S. Tobacco Epidemic


Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. This course provides an overview of the tobacco epidemic including history, health effects, economic costs, policy, surveillance, and prevention, in addition to produts like e-cigarettes, vaping, and hookahs.


HLTH 285: Controlling Stress and Tension (3 credits)


Health problems related to stress and tension. Analysis of causative psychosocial stressors and intervening physiological mechanisms. Emphasis on prevention and control of stress through techniques such as biofeedback, meditation and neuromuscular relaxation.


Restricted to Majors or non-majors with less than or equal to 45 credits.


HLTH 325:  Poor in America: Health and Wellbeing (3 credits)


Using the ecological framework, students will explore the complicated relationship between poverty and health and well-being in the United States.

Permission required.  Recommended pre-requisites:  HLTH 130 or HLTH 140


HLTH 352: Portrayal of Drug Use and Addiction on Screen: Does Hollywood get it Right? (3 credits)


Pre-requsite: Minimum grade of C- in HLTH 106.  


Through comparative analysis of public health research evidence with portrayals used in film, the studnet gains a deep understanding of substance abuse, its consequences, and theoretical foundations of its biopsychosocial etiology and radiating effects on families, communities and society.  


Restricted to Community Health Majors.


HLTH 366:  Behavioral and Community Issues in Public Health

Pre-requisite:  HLTH 130, HLTH 230, PSYC 100, SOCY 100,  or ANTH 260

The exploration of how social and behavioral science theories and public health concepts and methods can be applied to both the health-illness experience and community interventions.


HLTH 371: Communicating Health and Safety (3 credits)


The communication and evaluation of safety and health information. Emphasis on various types of communications and recipient factors which contribute to their success or failure.


HLTH 374:  Drugged, Drowsy & Distracted Driving: traffic safety issues for the new millenium (3 credits)

Pre-requisite:  Mininimum grade of C- in HLTH 200 and HLTH 300.


An in-depth examination of the current status of research, historical trends and policies regarding impaired driving. Designed to providcde exposure to the research process for understanding the behavioral factors that contribute to impaired driving in our society.


Restricted to Community Health Majors


HLTH 377: Human Sexuality (3 credits)


The biological and developmental aspects of human sexuality; the psychological and emotional aspects of sexual behavior; sexual identity; the historical, cultural, social, linguistic, legal and moral forces affecting sexual issues; the importance of communication, disclosure and intimacy in interpersonal relationships; and research trends in the area of human sexuality.


HLTH 38X: Peer Education (3 credits)


This is peer educator opportunity offered by the University Health Center by application only. For more information go here.


HLTH 434: Introdution to Public Health Informatics (3 credits)


This course provides an overview of the field of public health informatics and the influence of technology on the public's health and wellbeing.  This course emphasizes the application of various technologies and computer/internet applications to support public health research and practice, including startegies to address new and emerging threats. 


HLTH 460: Minority Health (3 credits)

Prerequisite: HLTH140 or HLTH230; or permission of SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department. 


Health concerns of U.S. ethnic minority groups and factors placing them at elevated risk for disease and injury. Health education concepts and strategies to reduce disparities between their health status and the health status of the general population.


HLTH 471: Women’s Health (3 credits)


The historical, physiological, psychological, and sociological mechanisms which contribute to women's health. Topics will include gynecological concerns and reproductive health; nutrition, exercise; violence; substance use/abuse; and the health of special populations.


HLTH 476: Death Education (3 credits)


Offered during summer and winter sessions only


HLTH476 is an examination of the genesis and development of present day death attitudes and behavior by use of a multidisciplinary life cycle approach. The underlying premise of this course is that people across the life span need accurate information to help them make important life decisions on death and dying. HLTH476 will provide basic information on key death and dying issues.


HLTH 498T: Medical Terminology (3 credits)

Offered during summer and winter sessions only


This course provides the framework for understanding medical language and terminology used by health care professionals. Students will gain an understanding of the rules of building and analyzing medical terms from word origins and will learn correct pronunciation, definitions, and spelling for all of the body systems, major pathological conditions, common disorders, prescribed medications, and more.



Professional Preparation


HLTH 200: Introduction to Research in Community Health (3 credits)


Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.


An overview of specific components and steps involved in the community health research process. Content includes, foundations of research, sampling, measurement design, and analysis in a community context.


HLTH 300: Biostatistics for Public Health Practice (3 credits)


Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in HLTH200. 


An examination of biostatistical concepts and procedures as they relate to contemporary issues in public health. Focus on applications, hands-on-experience, and interpretations of statistical findings in public health research.


HLTH 301: Epidemiology for Public Health Practice (3 credits)


Prerequisite: HLTH300 and HLTH200. 


An examination of the discipline of epidemiology and its application to public health issues and practices, covering current epidemiological concepts and methods.


HLTH 391: Principles of Community Health I (3 credits)


Prerequisite: HLTH140, HLTH230, HLTH300, and BSCI202. Corequisite: HLTH301.


Broad overview of community health. Health promotion, consumer health, public health, school health, environmental health, preventive medicine, human biology and the health care system are examined. Each area's contribution to community health is discussed.


HLTH 420: Effective Strategies for Public Health Practice (3 credits)


Prerequisite: HLTH301 and HLTH391. Corequisite: HLTH490.


The purpose of this course is to present the interrelationships of curriculum planning, methodology and the selection and use of teaching aids and materials. Special problems associated with health teaching are discussed. Students become familiar with a variety of resources as well as with planning for and presenting demonstration lessons.


HLTH 490: Principles of Community Health II (3 credits)


Prerequisite: HLTH301 and HLTH391. Corequisite: HLTH420.


Students will be involved in the applied aspects of community health education. They will work with specific local community groups, planning, developing, implementing and evaluating a community health project. Health agencies and community health marketing techniques will be investigated.


HLTH 491: Community Health Internship (12 credits)


Prerequisite: HLTH490. 

Integrating theory with practice in a community health setting. For more information about community health internships in the department, click here.


Independent Study

Independent Study is a wonderful opportunity for Community Health majors to get exposure to the community health/public health field outside of the classroom. In the Department of Behavioral and Community Health (BCH), there are two main types of Independent Study experiences:

  1. Undergraduate students work with a Department of Behavioral and Community Health faculty member on research or special projects that are based out of the department orSchool of Public Health.
  2. Undergraduate students do community health related work via volunteer or internship opportunity (secured on your own) and report back to a Department of Behavioral and Community Health faculty sponsor.

To learn more about the BCH Independent Study process, please review the Community Health Independent Study Information Document.

If you have read through the Independent Study Information document, have secured a BCH faculty sponsor, and are ready to get started, please complete the Community Health Undergraduate Independent Study Contract.