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 the schedule of classes on Testudo.

Community Health Required Courses

HLTH124: Introduction to Behavioral and Community Health (1 credit)

(required of students who entered the Community Health in fall 2018 or later)

This course is required of first-year Community Health major to expose them to introductory-level concepts within the field of behavioral and community health as well as the Community Health degree program. Includes discussion on the delivery of behavioral and community health at the local, state, national, and global levels; career opportunities in the diverse sectors of the community health field; undergraduate programmatic information; and strategies for student success.

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

(required of students who entered the Community Health major prior to fall 2018)

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

HLTH302: Measuring Change in Community-Based Research (3 credits)

(required of students who entered the Community Health in fall 2018 or later)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with research and evaluation tools that can be applied to community health promotion.

HLTH306: Macro Level Influences on Community Health

(required of students who entered the Community Health in fall 2018 or later)

An examination of the effects and influences of policy decisions at local, state, and national levels on community health delivery. Historical and contemporary policy issues will be included with a focus on how the policies have impacted community organizations and the overall health of communities. 

HLTH 300/EPIB315: Biostatistics for Public Health Practice (3 credits)

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.

HLTH364: Social Media and Digital Tools for Community and Public Health  (3 credits)

(required of students who entered the Community Health in fall 2018 or later, Pre-requisite: HLTH 230)

This course will examine the characteristics and uses of social media and digital tools to expand capabilities to identify and reduce community and public health risks at all levels of prevention. The course will also consider the potential threats these new media can play on individual choice, privacy, confidentiality, and social influence. 

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

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)

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: Professional Preparation in Community Health (3 credits)

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 491/492: Community Health Internship (12 credits)

Prerequisite: All Community Health and General Education coursework must be completed before HLTH491. 

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

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 170: The Corporate Footprint: How Industries Influence the Public's Health (3 credits, DSSP)

As public health advocates strive to protect, promote and advance the health of our communities, they sometimes find their efforts in conflict with the activities of corporations and their industry associations. This course will provide an overview of how various industries from Big Pharma to Tobacco Corporations have launched successful campaigns to influence policymakers, counter science, and at times misled the public on the harms of products to the health of communities. Students will also contemplate whether the relationship between corporations and public health advocates can ever be collaborative rather than contentious. 

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 wellbeing of individuals and communities.


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.



HLTH264: Tweets & Likes-Digital Health and Social Media (3 credits)


Examines the current and potential use of digital health and social media to influence public health. Provides an overview of knowledge, skills, and terminology necessary to optimize the effectiveness of these technologies to contribute to the enhancement of individual and community health.

NOTE: Must not be a community health major.


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.


HLTH 292: Community Health Engagement (3 credits)


An exploration and application of basic community health concepts. An integral part of the course is service learning, which includes evaluating, planning and implementing a community health program with a local community health partner. 

NOTE: Must not be a community health major.

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.

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

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

HLTH 366:  Behavioral and Community Issues in Public Health

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 that contribute to their success or failure.

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

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

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 399: Community Health Field Work (1-6 credits)

Restricted to Community Health majors with 45 credits or more. Contact Tracy Kennedy ( for more information on earning credit for your community health internship over the winter or summer terms or to be placed in a community health internship.

PEER___: Peer Education (3 credits)

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

HLTH424: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health (3 credits)

This course prepares students to be knowledgeable advocates for the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. The course focus is defined by the Healthy People 2020 federal health objectives for LGBT populations: data collection for research, culturally competent healthcare, bullying in schools, suicide, homelessness, and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.

HLTH 430: Health Education in the Workplace (3 credits)

A survey of the role of health education in work settings. Examination of occupational stress, the health effects of shift work, women's health in the workplace, health education approaches to informing workers and management, and health promotion programs in the workplace. 

HLTH 431: Health Literacy in Action (3 credits)

This course introduces the concept of health literacy and develops the knowledge and skills to understand the field and engage productively about health literacy with healthcare providers, systems, and policymakers. The class explores diverse perspectives about health information and. communication, and different pathways and strategies to help create the conditions for more informed and engaged individuals and communities.

HLTH 432: 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.

HLTH 434: Introduction 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 strategies to address new and emerging threats. 

HLTH 460: Multicultural Population Health ((3 credits)

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)

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.

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. For students in BCH, independent study is work with a Department of Behavioral and Community Health faculty member on research or other special projects that are based out of the department or School of Public Health. For more information on the guidelines and deadlines to register for an Independent Study, please review the Community Health Independent Study Contract

HLTH 399: Community Health Field Work

HLTH 399 is a by permission only course number that is for BCH students who wish to do community health related work via volunteer or internship opportunity (secured on your own or with assistance by Tracy Kennedy). To register for HLTH 399, students must meet with Professor Tracy Kennedy ( for approval.