Community Health Area of Concentration, Arts and Sciences Degree

Associate of Arts
Community Health AA Degree

This AA area of concentration prepares students to enter a diverse, people-oriented field in which professionals work to promote lifestyle wellness and improve the health status of society. Health educators assist people in making responsible decisions and changing behaviors to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Professionals in this fast-growing field are employed by public and private health care organizations, government agencies, hospital wellness centers, corporate-based worksite health programs, college and university health service centers, insurance companies, private health promotion corporations, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, family planning agencies, and health clinics, and as education representatives for textbook publishers and pharmaceutical companies.

Graduates with school health degrees teach on the elementary, secondary, and college levels, in both private and public school settings. School health educators also qualify to work in many community and governmental agencies. Job titles include patient educators, health program managers, health education teachers, community health organizers, health promotion directors, and wellness coordinators.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Describe biological, psychological, environmental, and social factors that influence health.
  • Explain the impact of individual behavior on health status.
  • Define health education and list the skills/competencies of the entry level health educator.
  • Develop a health education intervention based on the assessment of controllable and noncontrollable risk factors that impact health.


Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process. 

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.

Careers

Related careers include health educator, healthcare analyst, and community health worker.  Some positions require a bachelor’s degree.

Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence: Community Health

A suggested Community Health course sequence for full-time students follows.

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

   

Suggested Course Sequence


All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


  • PSYC 102 - General Psychology  3 semester hours  (BSSD)    
  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
  • Program elective 3 semester hours ‡

Third Semester


Fourth Semester


* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or elective.

† Choose math according to transfer school.

‡ Consult with departmental adviser before selecting program electives. Select from the following program electives: HLTH 121, HLTH 125, HLTH 131, HLTH 150, HLTH 170, HLTH 200, HLTH 212, HLTH 215, HLTH 220 and HLTH 230. At least six program elective credits must be at the 200-level.


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