Bachelor of Science in Community Health

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The Community Health Education degree 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.

Are you interested in
  • Learning how to plan, implement and evaluate health programs?
  • Working for non-profit or governmental health agencies?
  • Developing skills as a grant writer?
  • Promoting and improving health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors?
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 certification.

Completion of this degree program also requires a minor program of study. This is chosen by the student and advisor and must be approved by the student's Health Education advisor. The program also requires a semester long internship experience.

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.

Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2014-2015 academic year. Tuition and fees and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE annually based on approval from the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and/or university.

The following tuition and fee information applies to UAB School of Education classes only.  Visit the UAB Tuition and Fees website for complete details on all UAB tuition and fees.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Tuition and Fees
Resident Charge
Non-Resident Charge
Undergraduate Tuition
First semester hour of coursework
Each additional semester hour of coursework
Graduate Tuition
First semester hour of coursework
Each additional semester hour of coursework

Additional Fees (if applicable)
Laboratory Fees
On-line Course Fee
Transcript Evaluation Fee
Teacher Education Program (TEP) Application Fee
Internship Fee


Advising and Mentoring

Students seeking advisement related to their general education core requirements, should make an appointment with Awilda Jones ( in the School of Education’s Office of Student Services, Rm 232 in the Education Building. If a student wants more individualized advisement about health education courses or career mentoring, find your health education faculty advisor by the first letter of your last name:
It is helpful to review your entry in entry in the GPS system prior to any advising appointment.


Questions about the Health Education concentrations in Community Health or Human Services, and questions about an Individually Designed Minor (IDM) may be addressed to Dr Cindy Petri (

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.

Learn More

Ready to begin a rewarding career in the field of community health? Contact us to learn more about this degree and how to get started.


Ready to embark on an exciting academic program in Health Education? 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.