Health Science - Community Health Option, B.S.
Department of Public Health
Kara Zografos, Chair
McLane Hall, Room 184
Degrees and Programs Offered
BS in Health Science - Community Health Option, B.S.
BS in Health Science - Health Administration Option, B.S.
BS in Health Science - Environmental/Occupational Health & Safety Option, B.S.
MN in Public Health, Minor
MPH in Public Health - Health Promotion Option, M.P.H.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Science and the Master of Public Health (MPH) are designed to prepare students for careers with official and voluntary health agencies at the federal, state, or local levels of government as well as the private sector. The Master of Public Health degree is designed for individuals seeking a professional degree in public health. This degree is recognized throughout the world and is fully accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Bachelor of Science Degree
The Department of Public Health offers curricula based on principles of public health practices leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, including a major and minor in health science with options in community health, environmental/occupational health and safety, and health administration.
The mission of the program is to prepare public health professionals for leadership roles in the field of health promotion so that they may contribute to the process of improving the health of communities located within the San Joaquin Valley, California, and the southwest. This mission is fulfilled by attaining several program goals which address the health needs of the ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations living in the San Joaquin Valley and the southwest. Coursework for the Master of Public Health (MPH) is varied and designed to provide the maximum opportunity for problem-solving approaches to the complex issues in the operation, environment, and human factors confronting the health care systems.
Bachelor of Science Requirements
Health Science Major
The Health Science Bachelor of Science curriculum consists of a core of five courses providing a foundation of knowledge and skills critical to the theory and practice of the health professional. In addition, students complete a specialized cluster of courses in an option that provides the depth and breadth for the area. A variety of combinations between and within options is possible to meet professional goals. However, university policy allows only one option to appear on the transcript and diploma.
To complete the health science major for the B.S., students must complete General Education requirements (49 units), a health science core specific to an option (15 units), one of three options (21-27 units), and any additional requirements to the option selected (11-33 units), the upper-division writing skills requirement, Multicultural and International (M/I), and additional electives. Students are encouraged to complete the additional requirements prior to the major courses as the courses may meet General Education requirements, and they provide a foundation for the courses in health science. Elective units also may be used toward earning a certificate.
Health science students are advised to obtain an advising roadmap from the department office. The roadmap includes the list of required courses. It is strongly recommended that students follow the coursework shown in the roadmap. Students need to consult with their advisers for decisions regarding major and minor courses. All substitutions must be approved by the department chair. Classes offered in the Health Science Department may require field assignments.
Community Health Option
Due to the increasing number of opportunities in the area of health, we have structured courses in epidemiology, community and environmental health to complement basic courses in health behavior, health education methods, contemporary health issues, disease, drugs, and human sexuality. The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals not only to be competent instructors in the health areas, but to be health educators in many segments of our society. Upon completion of the degree, students would be eligible to take the certified test to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Industry, business, labor, and the military all seek knowledgeable individuals to plan and direct health delivery and information services. Advanced study in health systems and evaluation techniques of health systems is available to qualified undergraduate and graduate students.
1. Community Health Option (42 units)
Requirements (27 units)
Option requirements: PH 90, 91, 110, 114, 131, 133, 135 (21 units)
Option elective requirements (select from): PH 48, 104, 105, 111, 112, 115, 127, 129, 130, 152T, 182; NUTR 53, 54 (6 units)
2. General Education requirements (49 units)
3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)
4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)*
5. Total units (120)**
* This total indicates that 9 units for BIOL 10, CHEM 3A and PH 90 are used to satisfy the G.E. requirement in the option.
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for acceptance into the Community Health Option.
- A minimum grade of C is required in all Health Science core courses (PH 92, 100, 109, 161, 163) and core option courses (PH 90, 91, 110, 114, 131, 133, 135).
** G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.
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B.S. in Health Science - Community Health
A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.
Please note: Roadmaps are not a guarantee of course availability.
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The Department of Public Health offers two degrees, a Bachelor of Science or Master of Public Health. These degrees are designed to prepare students for careers with official and voluntary health agencies at the federal, state, county and private sector.
The options at the bachelor's level are designed for careers in environmental health, industrial hygiene, community health, health education, occupational safety, public health, occupational health and allied health professions. Individuals may be employed by voluntary health agencies, hospitals, public health agencies, and in the private sector including industry and insurance companies.
What You Can Earn
Health and Safety Manager
$107,534 (in our region)
$74,536 (in our region)
$54,096 (in our region)
Source: HR Reported data as of December 2012
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- PH 91 - Introduction to Human Sexuality
- PH 104 - Global and Cultural Health Issues
- PH 161 - Environment & Human Health
What You Can Learn
- The Community Health curriculum in the Department of Public Health is designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce as competent health educators in the private or public arenas. Students in this option are encouraged to seek the CHES certification following graduation.
- The health administration option provides a broad based program to prepare the student for administrative positions within the health care system.
- The EOHS option provides a balanced approach between the theoretical concepts and
applied principles of environmental health, occupational health, and safety. The curriculum
builds on a scientific base (biology, chemistry, physics) and includes core courses
in Public Health, foundation courses in environmental and occupational health, and
elective courses that allow for specialization.
About the College
The College of Health and Human Services offers a broad range of fully accredited post-secondary and graduate educational programs to more than 2100 students each year. The College includes the Departments of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, and Social Work Education.
Residents and communities in the Central California region continue to face serious issues within the health and human service environment that will require continuing generations of well-prepared health and human service professionals.
College Contact Information
2345 E. San Ramon
Fresno CA 93740-8031
Phone: (559) 278-4004
FAX: (559) 278-4437
Department Contact Information
Department of Public Health
2345 E. San Ramon Ave M/S MH30
Fresno CA 93740-8031
Office Location: McLane Hall Room 184
Phone: (559) 278-4014
FAX: (559) 278-4179