Want to create environments, encourage lifestyles, and develop policies and programs that promote the wellbeing of individuals and communities? Consider earning a Bachelor of Science degree in CHHS with a concentration in community health.

Coursework

Students in this concentration take courses in a variety of subjects — human anatomy, physiology, nutrition, human development, epidemiology, health education programs administration, and health communications among them — and must complete a minor. CHHS faculty highly recommend students select Human Services (100% online), Spanish, Sociology, Psychology, or Criminal Justice as complimentary minors. Many of our CH courses include service-learning activities that introduce students to the diverse community populations with which they will one day be working.

Students who have decided on a CHHS major should very soon thereafter seek advisement from the SOE Office of Student Services and consult as well the Graduation Planning System (GPS) in order to avoid any delay in program completion or graduation.


Internships

Students pursing a concentration in community health must complete an internship, typically in the second half of their senior year. The CHHS Internship Coordinator works closely with these students to identify internships best suited to their interests and career goals and has placed them at sites such as the following:

  • AIDS Alabama
  • AL Department of Public Health
  • American Red Cross
  • Camp Fire of Alabama
  • Children’s Hospital of Alabama
  • Girls INC. of Central Alabama
  • Jefferson County Dept. of Health
  • The Red Barn
  • UAB 1917 Clinic
  • UAB HealthSmart / Div. of Preventive Medicine
  • UAB Student Health and Wellness
  • UAB Employee Wellness
  • YMCA of Greater Birmingham

Students must contact the Internship Coordinator during the semester prior to their anticipated internship start date in order to make all necessary arrangements. (Please follow the instructions on the CHHS Internship Application Form.)

Learn about the Policy for Paid Internships.

Health Education Specialist Certification

Undergraduates who successfully complete the CH curriculum are fully prepared to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentialing exam, the passing of which demonstrates professional competency and a commitment to continued professional development. For more information about the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and the CHES exam, visit the NCHEC website.

Graduate Studies and Career Opportunities

Having learned how to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate community health education programs effectively, graduates of our program are prepared for entry-level health education positions in community settings such as health and government agencies, corporate wellness programs, research and development organizations, schools and universities, and hospitals. Employment opportunities 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, and HIV counseling and testing services specialist. For more information on careers for health educators and community health workers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Graduates who concentrated in community health are eligible to pursue master’s degrees in community heath, counseling, social work and other related subjects. Many employers prefer to hire workers with a master's degree.

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