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Community Health Area of Concentration, Arts and Sciences 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.
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.
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.
MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. This degree is designed for students to transfer and earn a bachelor's degree, and we have transfer agreements in community health with Salisbury University and University of Maryland. See all transfer agreements.
Professionals in this field advocate for social change through public policy and through collaboration with community members and local health organizations. Related careers include health educator, healthcare analyst, and community health worker. Some positions require a bachelor’s degree.
- Career Outlook for Health Educators and Community Health Workersnew window: Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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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
- ENGL 101 - Introduction to College Writing 3 semester hours
- Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF) †
- BIOL 150 - Principles of Biology I 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- HLTH 105 - Personal and Community Health 3 semester hours (GEIR)
- SOCY 100 - Introduction to Sociology 3 semester hours (BSSD)
English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
- COMM 108 - Foundations of Human Communication 3 semester hours (GEIR) 3 semester hours 3 semester hours (GEIR)
COMM 112 3 semester hours 3 semester hours (GEIR)
- HLTH 160 - The Science and Theory of Health 3 semester hours
- PSYC 102 - General Psychology 3 semester hours (BSSD)
- Program elective 3 semester hours ‡
- BIOL 212 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- HLTH 225 - Introduction to Health Behaviors 3 semester hours
- Arts distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD)
- Program electives 200 level 6 semester hours ‡
- BIOL 213 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 semester hours
- Humanities distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD)
- Program elective 3 semester hours ‡
- HLTH 298 - Global Health Capstone 3 semester hours
† Choose math according to transfer school.
‡ Consult with departmental advisor 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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