Undergraduates majoring in community health and human services (CHHS) chose a concentration in either community health (CH) or human services (HS). Upon successful completion of the major, they graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Community Health Concentration
This concentration prepares students for entry into a variety of professions—patient educator, certified diabetes educator, child development specialist, health policy coordinator, wellness coordinator, community assessment coordinator, public health educator, community nutrition educator, and others—and for graduate study. Students concentrating in community health must pursue a minor approved by their faculty advisor.
Human Services Concentration
This concentration prepares students for entry into professions such as caseworker, community coordinator, family support worker, outreach specialist, advocate, drug abuse counselor, social services liaison, and mental health technician as well as for graduate study.
The CHHS program offers minors in community health and human services to all UAB students. CHHS majors concentrating in community health can minor in human services; those concentrating in human services can minor in community health.
Community Health Minor
The minor in community health provides students with an overview of the health education profession. With courses such as Introduction to Epidemiology and Disease Impact, Global Trends in Health Education, and Drug Use and Abuse, this minor would be especially useful to students majoring in the social sciences, health sciences, and business.
Human Services Minor
The minor in human services provides students with an overview of some of the important helping professions. Courses such as Fundraising in Human Services, Community Resource Identification and Mobilization, and Leadership in Non-Profit Administration make this minor particularly useful to students majoring in the social sciences, health sciences, and business.
We offer two graduate degree programs and two certificate programs: a certificate program in health education, a Master of Education degree program in community health with an optional non-profit management certificate, and a doctoral degree program in health education/health promotion.
Online Certificate in Health Education
This certificate program, which aligns with the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) core competencies, enhances the knowledge and skills of practicing health educators so they may better assess, plan, implement, and evaluate health education interventions. Certificate coursework is offered entirely online.
Online MAEd in Community Health
The M.A. in Education degree with a concentration in community health prepares graduates for advanced employment opportunities in public, volunteer, and private agencies, clinics, and corporations. Coursework for this degree is offered entirely online.
Online MAEd in Community Health with Non-profit Management Graduate Certificate
Students in the master’s degree program may do additional coursework for their Non-profit Management certificate. Most of the courses for the certificate are offered exclusively online with only a few being taken on campus.
Ph.D. in Health Education/Health Promotion
The UAB School of Education, the UAB School of Public Health, and the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences jointly administer the health education/health promotion doctoral program. Graduates with this degree from the UA System become researchers, clinicians, and university faculty members, attaining positions in higher education, government agencies, and relevant foundations.