College of Health Professions

Health Science (M.S.) - Community Health

The Master’s of Science degree in Community Health is a professional program designed to prepare the student with specific skills and knowledge to understand the factors that influence health-related behavior, and to apply theory to modify health practices of individuals and communities. In this concentration, students can study areas including: the nature of social, cultural and psychological determinants of health behavior as they exist in natural environments with their foundations in epidemiology and the biological and behavioral sciences; the dynamics and methods of planned change as found in social and behavioral sciences as well as political and social action theory, community organization and development, and interpersonal techniques for influencing behavioral change; and the application of knowledge and theory in both health service settings and the community.

Courses may be selected by students to prepare them in areas including, but not limited to: Business Administration; Curriculum Development; Disability; Education: Training and Development; Evaluation; Instructional Technology and Media; Mass Communications; Gerontology; Program Planning; Measurement and Evaluation; Research; and School Administration. A graduate of the Community Health concentration may pursue a career as a health education specialist in a variety of settings: voluntary health agencies, such as the American Diabetes and American Lung Associations; health care settings, such as health maintenance organizations and hospitals; the private sector (business/industry); or governmental agencies. Students holding current credentials in pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, nutrition, or other health professions may wish to combine skills from prior training and redirect their careers toward community health in a specific area. Holding a Master’s of Science degree with a concentration in Community Health, students may then seek non-clinical employment in various settings, or expand their own practice with an education component.

Suggested Course Sequence

Each student is required by the Office of Graduate Studies to file a Program of Study with the Program Director. To assist students in developing their own programs of study, a proposed course sequence has been developed. This sequence should be used along with faculty advisement when preparing a Program of Study. It is not meant to be the only sequence available to the student. Course offerings may vary from semester to semester and require you to follow an alternate plan. Students are encouraged to enroll in HLTH 615 and 639 as their first courses.


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