Bachelor of Arts inCommunity Health Science

Majoring in Community Health Science involves the study of the social, environmental, and political influencers on the health of individuals and populations. You’ll learn how health threats are spread, treated and prevented. How does lack of access to health care impact epidemics? What are the ethics involved in vaccination programs? What roles do communication and education play in community health? You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any health care career as you take 43 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Community Health Science Curriculum Overview

Majoring in Community Health Science involves the study of the social, environmental, and political influencers on the health of individuals and populations. You’ll learn how health threats are spread, treated and prevented. How does lack of access to health care impact epidemics? What are the ethics involved in vaccination programs? What roles do communication and education play in community health? You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any health care career as you take 43 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

You’ll also have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom via Tetra Delta Club activities for science majors, as well as clinical and internship opportunities. Because we design our community health science program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering graduate study in public health or a career in public and community health and wellness settings.

 

Encouraged Electives (do not count towards credit total)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
COM - 309 Intercultural Communication 4
SOC - 451 Social Psychology 4

Students explore the principles and processes of communication between cultures. Course topics include intercultural communication models, the impact of different cultural patterns on the communication process, the anthropological concept world view and its impact on intercultural communication, detection of communication problems in intercultural situations, gender and diversity issues in intercultural communication, and constructing valid strategies for communicating interculturally. (Prerequisite: COM103 or COM212)

Students examine how the individual's personality, behavior and attitudes are shaped through interaction with others. The course deals with such issues as conformity, persuasion, aggression, altruism, and attraction. Individual behavior is understood in light of symbolic communication and the social construction of the self. (Prerequisite: SOC152 or PSY101)

Required: 43 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
KHS - 220 Research Methods 4
KHS - 300 Applied Nutrition 4
KHS - 310 Drug Education 2
KHS - 320 Human Life Experience 3
HCR - 350 Hlthcare Div & Global Issues 4
KHS - 400 Health Psychology 4
KHS - 410 Health Methods and Strategies 3
KHS - 420 Program Administration 2
KHS - 474 Exercise Physiology 4
KHS - 490 Senior Professional Seminar 1
KHS - 498 Kinesiology Internship 1

This course is designed to expose students to the principles and concepts necessary for understanding the basic elements of research in kinesiology and allied health. Students will learn about the research process, types of measurement and research, and proper writing style. Emphasis will also be placed on locating and evaluating credible evidence from various sources. Concepts from this course will assist students in applying research methods to topics within their own fields of interest.

The study of the interaction of humans with food. Nutritional concepts; current consumer issues in nutrition; nutritional needs through the life cycle; international nutritional concerns and issues are studied.

Pharmacological and etiological foundations, schedules, classifications, theoretical approaches to dependency, addiction and tolerance together with intervention and prevention strategies are studied. This course is designed to provide students with applicable knowledge and role playing experience in the area of drug use and abuse. Students will develop a broad based knowledge of the various types of drugs and how they are being used today medically and on the street. The students will also be asked to participate in discussions designed to raise their awareness of drug use/abuse and assist them in developing the skills and habits necessary to refrain from the negative impacts of use/abuse.

This is a survey course designed to enable students to understand the biological, physiological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of sexuality and human sexual behavior. Students will approach much of the material from a variety of different learning strategies including, research, games, small and large groups discussions, guest speakers, group activities, small assignments/worksheets, etc.

Students use literature, interviews and class discussion to explore the values, beliefs, customs and perceptions represented in various kinds of diversity affecting social and economic life. Students explore the obligations and implications of equal opportunity in organizations while they develop organizational strategies to benefit from diversity in the United States and abroad.

KHS400 Health Psychology is designed to help students learn those skills necessary in forging a bridge between the client-learner's thoughts, feelings and actions by integrating thought and behavior into one synergistic approach to the delivery of health education that can accommodate the whole person. Cognitive techniques, such as lecture discussion, readings, presentations, collection of data, and specific planning combined with the behavioral components of emotion and action will help in bringing about this synergistic process.

Health Methods and Strategies is designed to help learners identify and practice effective methods of facilitating K-12 health education. Observations of teaching of health lessons in elementary, middle school and secondary school settings are included in the requirements. Learners will explore and assess various educational resources from medical, insurance, health agency, business and private organizations that effectively could be used with K-12 learners. This will include development of a professional telecommunications resource database. Learners will learn strategies for effectively using and evaluating telecommunications and interactive multimedia for K-12 health education. (Prerequisites: ED336, ED470)

Organization of health science education and physical education programs in schools, work sites, medical care settings, community, private and public settings is studied together with needs assessment and evaluation strategies. Emphases on management, assessment, planning of health promotion enhance such study. This course is designed to give students a broad based exposure to the many organizational and administrative duties that accompany Physical Education, Sport, and various Health Program Management. We will start by looking to understand the characteristics of an effective leader and the ability to tap into those characteristics with the people one works with.

The physiological basis for human performance and the effects of physical activity on the body's functions are examined in theory and application. Representative experiences include lecture, discussion, group exercises, class teaching, and written projects. (Preferred prerequisite: KHS110)

This capstone course prepares students to chart different paths following graduation with a degree in Kinesiology or physical education: (a) entering the work force in the field of Kinesiology at a bachelor's degree level, (b) enter the work force in the field of teacher education at a bachelor's degree level, or (c) enter a graduate school. In this course student will develop a resume, request letters of recommendation, complete a professional portfolio, and identify job-searching strategies. (Prerequisite: senior status)

This internship places students directly in a setting where students learn to apply entry-level competencies. The student and advisor collaborate with the on-site supervisor in selecting an appropriate internship site that meets the need of the student, the needs of the internship site and the program needs. (Prerequisites: senior status and advisor approval)

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Mr. Matthew Buns Term Faculty of Kinesiology
Megan Dowdal-Osborn Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Dowdal-Osborn has practiced within multiple clinical settings including acute care, subacute, long term care and acute rehabilitation.

Mrs. Josanne Christian Instructor of Nursing

As the RN to BS-Nursing (Degree Completion) program coordinator, Christian serves in both teaching and administrative roles.

Dr. Eric LaMott Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kinesiology and Health Services Chairperson, Professor of Kinesiology and Health Services

Career Potential

You'll also have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom via Tetra Delta Club activities for science majors, as well as clinical and internship opportunities. Because we design our community health science program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering graduate study in public health or a career in public and community health and wellness settings.

  • Health Officer
  • Medical Claims Representative
  • Case Manager
  • Director of Volunteers
  • Health and Wellness Educator
  • Outreach Claims Representative
  • Medical Records Representative
  • Health Administrator
  • Community Service Agency Director
  • Health Information Specialist
  • Hospital Personnel Director
  • Community Services Specialist
  • Health Teacher

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