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Community Health (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Community Health prepares students for careers in the broad field of community health. Coursework includes training in health topics, intervention development and evaluation, health behavior theory, policy and teaching methods. The program also prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, which is given by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). This credential ensures that students are trained and qualified to plan and coordinate community health education programs. The B.S. in Community Health provides practical field experiences and experiential coursework to prepare students for employment in public or private agencies; local health departments; volunteer organizations; hospitals; health insurance companies; worksite/employee health promotion and wellness programs; and a variety of community-based organizations.

Mission Statement 

Our mission is to advance health equity through the preparation of Community Health Education Specialists who explore the multiple levels (individual, family, community, policy, systems) and social determinants that influence behavior and health. Community health professionals focus on the community as the setting for analysis, assessment, advocacy, program planning, intervention, evaluation, and research, and are committed to developing, enhancing and using evidence-informed strategies to improve population health.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.

Advising questions should be directed to the Division of Academic Services, College of Education, 489 Education, phone 313-577-1601.


Program Requirements

A minimum of 120 credits are required for completion of this degree: satisfaction of the University General Education Program. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the University governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. All courses must be completed with grades of ‘C’ or better and an overall 2.0 grade point average, to meet College graduation requirements. Course changes may occur through periodic curriculum revision and students are urged to consult assigned advisors prior to each registration period to ensure that all requirements are met.

HE 1010Foundations of Health and Health Promotion3
HE 2310Dynamics of Personal Health3
HE 2320Advancing Policy in Community Health Education 3
HE 3440Nutrition and Health Education3
HE 3344Methods and Materials in Community Health Education3
HE 3500Human Disease3
HE 4010Foundations of Community Health Program Planning 3
HE 4902Health Education Internship5
HE 6310Reproductive Health Education3
HE 6320Mental Health and Substance Abuse3
HE 6330Health Behavior Change3
HE 6501Measurement and Evaluation in Community Health Education3
HE 5522Health Psychology3
LFA 2330First Aid and CPR3
Other Requirements76
General Education
Electives 1
Total Credits120

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Community Health requires the completion of 15 credits of approved program electives. Students can use these electives to pursue university minors in certain areas. Not more than three classes will be considered per subject area (i.e., PH, PSY, NFS, SOC, etc.). View a list of approved elective courses. Other electives not listed can be approved by your assigned academic advisor.

Community Health Electives

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Community Health requires the completion of 15 credits of approved program electives. Students can use these electives to pursue university minors in certain areas. Not more than three classes will be considered per subject area (i.e., PH, PSY, NFS, SOC, etc.). Other electives not listed can be approved by your assigned academic advisor.

AFS/HIS/US 2350Black Detroit3
AFS/SOC 2600Race and Racism in America3
ANT 2400Food and Culture3
ANT 3400Introduction to Medical Anthropology3
ANT/GLS/PH 3410Global Health3
ANT 5240Cross Cultural Study of Gender3
ANT 5400Anthropology of Health and Illness3
ARB 5700Arabic for Healthcare Professions3
CLA 1240Etymology of Medical Terms2
COM 3400Theories of Communication3
COM 5320Health Communication3
COM 5360Gender and Communication3
CRJ/GSW 2650Gender and Crime3
CRJ/PH 3050Mental Health and Crime3
CRJ 3110Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice3
CRJ/PH 4050Crime and Public Health3
CRJ 4230Child Abuse and Neglect3
DR 6120Human Diversity and Human Conflict3
ECO 5550Economics of Health Care4
EDP 5450Child Psychology2-3
EDP 5480Adolescent Psychology2-3
EDP 6210Foundations of Educational Psychology3
GSW 2100Introduction to Queer Studies3
GSW 2700Social Science Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality, and Women3
GSW/AFS 5110Black Women in America3
HE 3300Health of the School Child3
HE 6000Yoga: History, Philosophy, and Practice3
HE 6050Mindfulness: Philosophy, Theory, Practice, and Research3
HIS 2530/PCS 2050/PS 2550/SOC 2050The Study of Non-Violence3
HIS/SOC 3440American Medicine in the Twentieth Century3
KIN 3540Cultural Foundations of Kinesiology3
KIN 5520Sport Psychology3
KIN 5523Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology3
LFA 1040Healthy Lifestyle Basics2
LFA 1470Mindfulness, Fitness and Stress Management2
Limit of 4 credit hours in LFA coursework can count toward the major in Community Health.
MAE 1000Detroit by the Numbers3
MLS 3330Medical Terminology1
NFS 2030Nutrition and Health3
NFS 3230Human Nutrition3-4
NFS 3270Eating Disorders3
NFS 4160Food Laws and Regulations3
NFS 5220Community Nutrition2
NUR 4800Transcultural Health Through the Life Cycle3
PCS 3100Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery3
PH 2100Introduction to Public Health3
PH 2500Race and Ethnic Disparities in Public Health3
PH 3100Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
PH 3400Health in All Policies3
PH 3500Environmental Health3
PH/US 3550Public Health and the City3
PH 3600Special Topics in Public Health3
PH/SOC 3900LGBTQ Health3
PH 4600Special Topics in Health Disparities3
PHI 1110Ethical Issues in Health Care3
PHI 5250Justice and Rights in Health Care4
PHI 5330Ethics, Law, and Health4
PSY 2020Research Methods In Psychology4
PSY 2030Statistical Methods in Psychology4
PSY 2080Introduction to Drugs, Behavior, and Society3
PSY 2100Psychology and the Workplace3
PSY 2300Psychology of Everyday Living4
PSY 2400Developmental Psychology4
PSY 2600Psychology of Social Behavior4
PSY 3060Psychology of Learning and Memory: Fundamental Processes3
PSY 3200Motivation, Feeling and Emotion3
PSY 3250Psychology of Gender3
PSY 3310Abnormal Psychology4
PSY 3380Human Sexuality3
PSY 3430Infant Development3
PSY 3480Parent-Child Interaction Across the Lifespan3
PSY 3490Psychology of Adult Development and Aging3
PSY 4310Psychological Disorders of Children3
PSY 4330Social Psychology of Close Relationships3
SOC 2201Race Relations in Metro Detroit3
SOC 2202Gendered Worlds3
SOC 2203Social Psychology3
SOC 2205Sociology of the Environment3
SOC 2210Sociology of Health and Medicine3
SOC 2212From Cradle to Grave: Drugs and Society Across the Life Course3
SOC 3200Methods of Social Research3
SOC 3400Exploring Marriage and Other Intimate Relationships3
SOC 3710Learning About Your Community Through Research4
SOC 5360Introduction to Medical Sociology3
SOC 6750Sociology of Urban Health3
SPA 3050Spanish for the Health Care Profession 3
UP 5430Cities and Food3

Community Health AGRADE Overview

The Division of Kinesiology, Health, and Sports Studies (KHS) in the College of Education offers degrees that focus on the broad careers of health, wellness, exercise, sport, and human performance. With programs in Community Health (CH), Exercise and Sport Science (ESS), Health and Physical Education Teaching (HPET), and Sport Administration and Management (SAM), KHS prepares students to excel in a range of health-related professions.  

The Community Health AGRADE program is available to academically strong students completing B.S. degrees in Community Health; Exercise and Sport Science; Health and Physical Education Teaching; and Sport Management so they can begin a master's degree while simultaneously completing their bachelor's degree. Coursework taken during a student's senior year (up to 16 credits) can simultaneously qualify toward the bachelor's and master's degrees. In this case, after completing any bachelor's degree in this division, students would have also completed a substantial portion of the coursework required for the Master of Science in Community Health. This allows motivated students the opportunity to complete the requirements for both degrees in an accelerated format.  
Our bachelor's programs typically have between 15-25 elective courses in their plans of work. This AGRADE program allows students to utilize graduate courses in Community Health to fulfill these elective requirements. Students, in consultation with their advisor, can select Community Health graduate courses that count toward the student’s bachelor's and master's degrees. The graduate coursework completed while enrolled as an undergraduate is assessed at the undergraduate tuition rate, resulting in significant tuition savings. 

Admission Criteria 

Students may apply for the Community Health AGRADE program no earlier than the semester in which ninety credits are being completed. Applicants must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.30. After admission, the AGRADE program requires a continuing undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.30 and a grade of B or higher in Community Healthy master's coursework. 


AGRADE advising is provided by the Division of Academic Services College of Education.

Eligible AGRADE Courses 

The following table outlines the Community Health master's courses that could be included in an undergraduate plan of work. Students may take up to a maximum of 16 credits from the following list. In addition, other master's courses may qualify as exceptions.

HE 5522Health Psychology3
HE 6100Health Communication Methods and Techniques3
HE 6310Reproductive Health Education3
or HE 6320 Mental Health and Substance Abuse
HE 6420Introduction to Health Education Program Design3
HE 6501Measurement and Evaluation in Community Health Education3
HE 6530Principles and Practice of Health Education and Health Promotion3
HE 6560Integrating Evidence-Based Practices in Community Health: Translating Research-To-Practice3
HE 6570Advancing Community Health and Health Equity 3
KHS 8540Theories of Health Behavior3
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