Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Human Services

Community Health Concentration

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The Community Health concentration provides students with the knowledge and training to pursue employment in public, volunteer, and private health agencies. Health educators are described as those who promote, maintain and improve health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Health educators collect and analyze data to identify needs that are used to plan, implement and evaluate programs that encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments.

This degree was developed using the Responsibilities and Competencies of Health Educators, developed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Successful completion of the Community Health Education program fully prepares students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification. For more information on the benefits of CHES and the National Commission for Health Education, visit their website.
Completion of this degree program requires a minor program of study. This is chosen by the student and advisor and must be approved by the student's advisor. Common minors for the Community Health Major may include but are not limited to Human Services, Spanish, Psychology, and Sociology. Learn about the Human Services minor.

This program also requires a semester long internship experience, typically taken during the last semester of the program. Students must contact the Community Health and Human Services Internship Coordinator the semester PRIOR to their internship to set up and gain approval for the internship.

Career Options

Job titles common to Health Education occupations may include:

  • community outreach coordinator
  • wellness coordinator
  • community assessment specialist
  • patient educator
  • health policy coordinator
  • clinical diabetes educator
  • Public Health Educator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Nutrition Educator
  • HIV Counseling and Testing Services Specialist
  • and many others
In schools health educators teach health as a subject and promote and implement Coordinated School Health Programs, including health services, student, staff and parent health education, and promote healthy school environments and school-community partnerships.
Working on a college/university campus, health educators are part of a team working to create an environment in which students feel empowered to make healthy choices and create a caring community.  They identify needs; advocate and do community organizing; teach courses; develop mass media campaigns; and train peer educators, counselors, and/or advocates.
In companies, health educators coordinate employee education services, employee health risk appraisals, and health screenings.  They design, promote, lead and/or evaluate programs about weight control, hypertension, nutrition, substance abuse prevention, physical fitness, stress management and smoking cessation; develop educational materials; and write grants for money to support these projects.
In health care settings, health educators educate patients about medical procedures, operations, services and therapeutic regimens, create activities and incentives to encourage use of services by high risk patients; conduct staff training and consult with other health care providers about behavioral, cultural or social barriers to health; promote self-care; develop activities to improve patient participation on clinical processes; and educate individuals to protect, promote or maintain their health and reduce risky behaviors.
In community organizations and government agencies, health educators help identify needs, and mobilize its resources to develop, promote, implement and evaluate strategies to improve its own health status.  Health educators do community organizing and outreach, grantwriting, coalition building, advocacy and develop, produce, and evaluate mass media health campaigns.

Program of Study

The official program of study checklist can be found on the Office of Student Services website or can be downloaded by selecting the download button below.


Advising and Mentoring

It is highly recommended that you seek advisement once you declare a major in Community Health. This can provide valuable information and help to avoid graduation delays. Please contact Rachel Daniel in the School of Education’s Office of Student Services. Her contact information is, or (205) 934-7530. It is helpful to review your entry in the GPS system prior to any advising appointment.

If you are looking for more individualized mentoring on careers in Community Health, find your Community Health and Human Services faculty mentor by the first letter of your last name:
    Dr. Ahmad (A-F)
    Dr. Evans (G-L)
    Dr. Forbes (M-R)
    Dr. Wilkinson (S-Z)


For further information about any of our majors in Human Services or Community Health, or about our graduate programs, please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr Retta Evans (, (205)-996-2701.

Graduation Planning System (GPS)

The GPS system allows students to view their degree requirements at any time.  You can see what has been completed and what remains for completion.  There is also a “what if” function that allows you to see what would be needed if you made changes such as changing your major or minor.

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Ready to embark on an exciting academic program in Community Health? Find out everything you need to know on the UAB Undergraduate Admissions website, including how to apply, how to schedule a campus tour, and more.