Community, global, and public health are the fastest growing, most exciting, and versatile areas of study on college campuses across the United States today. Community health is the applied science of protecting and improving the health of individuals, families, populations, and communities using evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs and policies. This degree provides students with a basic knowledge and understanding of community and public health systems, and issues and policies related to health promotion, health education and disease prevention in populations of all sizes. Community, public, and global health specialists work with a variety of health-related organizations and are expected to confront complex behavioral, cultural and social health and well-being issues at the local, national and global levels. Community health students develop the competencies and skills necessary for entry-level positions in a variety of professional settings such as local, state, and federal health and social service agencies and non-governmental and voluntary health organizations, health care, and private industry. This program is unique in that it provides a solid foundation for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in public health or advanced training in a health profession (see the clinical science concentration). Students completing this degree are eligible for and strongly encouraged to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Optional Concentrations

Students may wish to complete an optional concentration in Global Health or Clinical Science.

Global Health Concentration

The Global Health concentration focuses on understanding diseases and other health security threats reflecting the new global landscape, such as tobacco use and obesity, and emerging pandemics such as avian influenza, Ebola, and the Zika virus. Students complete the required coursework for the BS in Community Health and specialized coursework in global health in addition to interdisciplinary coursework. This concentration is designed for students interested in public health at the global level and is particularly focused on improving health conditions in less developed countries.

Clinical Science Concentration

The Clinical Science concentration prepares students for post-graduate clinical training in a health profession field such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, occupational and physical therapy, and pharmacy. This concentration provides students the flexibility to design their curriculum to satisfy prerequisites for these programs. Students choosing this option are encouraged to check coursework requirements for their desired health profession because such requirements vary.

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  •  For all policies governing bachelor's degrees, see A.5.3.2 Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees.
  • A criminal background check and proof of vaccination status may be required of students prior to beginning the internship if required by the internship organization. 
  • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all major courses.
  • Students must check with their advisor to ensure that all requirements have been met prior to graduation and should assess their own degree evaluation in Patriot Web each semester.

Banner Code: HH-BS-COMH

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including the Mason Core requirements.

Mason Core

Written Communication 1
ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core)3
ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core) (social science section recommended)3
Oral Communication
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
or COMM 101 Interpersonal and Group Interaction (Mason Core)
Quantitative Reasoning
Any Mason Core Quantitative Reasoning course3-4
Information Technology
Any Mason Core Information Technology course3-7
Literature
Any Mason Core Literature course3
Arts
Any Mason Core Arts course3
Natural Science 2
Any Mason Core non-lab science course3
Any Mason Core lab science course4
Western Civilization
HIST 100History of Western Civilization (Mason Core)3
or HIST 101 Foundations of Western Civilization
Global Understanding
GCH 205Global Health (Mason Core)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Any Mason Core Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Total Credits30-42
1

Nonnative speakers of English with limited proficiency in the language may substitute ENGH 100 for ENGH 101. Students must attain a minimum grade of C in ENGH 100 or ENGH 101, as well as in ENGH 302, to fulfill degree requirements.

2

Only for students who choose either the Global Health concentration or no concentration. Students in the Clinical Science concentration complete the Mason Core Natural Science requirement within their concentration courses.

Required Courses

Select one of the following:8
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Anatomy and Physiology
Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Total Credits8

Community Health Major Core

GCH 300Introduction to Public Health3
GCH 310Health Behavior Theories3
GCH 332Health and Disease3
GCH 335Applied Health Statistics3
GCH 350Health Promotion and Education3
GCH 360Health and Environment3
GCH 376Health Ethics, Leadership, and Advocacy3
GCH 380Public Health Research Methods3
GCH 411Health Program Planning and Evaluation (fulfills writing intensive requirement)3
GCH 412Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
GCH 465Community Health Capstone (Mason Core)3
GCH 445Social Determinants of Health3
or COMM 304 Foundations of Health Communication
Total Credits36

Completing the Degree without a Concentration

Students completing the BS without a concentration follow the coursework outlined below.

Additional Courses
Select nine credits of 300- or 400-level courses from the following9
Other 300- or 400-level course approved by advisor
General Electives
Select 30 credits of General Electives30
Total Credits39

Global Health Concentration (GLOH)

The optional global health concentration enables students to look at public health issues through a global lens and increases understanding of the differences in health, well-being, disease, and interventions that exist within an international context.

Concentration Courses
GGS 101Major World Regions (Mason Core)3
or GGS 340 Health Geography
GLOA 101Introduction to Global Affairs (Mason Core)3
or SOCI 120 Globalization and Society (Mason Core)
EVPP 337Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries3
GCH 405Global Health Interventions: History and Systems3
GCH 406Global Health Interventions: Emerging Issues3
One 3-credit 300- or 400-level GCH course3
General Electives
Select 21 credits of General Electives21
Total Credits39

Clinical Science Concentration (CLNS)

The optional clinical science concentration prepares students to apply for graduate programs in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, pharmacy, and optometry. This concentration does not guarantee entrance into a graduate health professional program. It is important to note that, depending on the type of graduate program in which a student is interested, additional coursework may be required. It is the student's responsibility to determine the essential criteria for admission to their target schools in consultation with the health professions advising office.

Concentration Courses
Select a minimum of 20 credits of the following:20
Introductory Biology I (Mason Core) 1
Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 1
Introductory Microbiology
and Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
Biology of Microorganisms
and Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
General Genetics
General Biochemistry
General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core) 1
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core) 1
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core) 1
College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core) 1
General Electives
Select 26 credits of General Electives26
Total Credits46
1

At least 8 of these credits must be selected from these courses to fulfill the Mason Core Natural Science requirement.