Bachelor of Science, Urban Community Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science, Urban Community Health Sciences

Program Curriculum

The BS-UCHS is a 120 credit-hour undergraduate degree program that can be completed in 8 terms. Upon degree-completion, students will have interdisciplinary training in public, community, and population health to address the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality relative to poor health outcomes in urban areas. Graduates will be prepared to pass the Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification exam. They will be armed with the skills in writing, oral communication, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and information literacy; all necessary to pursue employment opportunities in academia, government, social and health service sectors, and be equally prepared for matriculation to graduate programs. The program offers small class sizes, with application of traditional and experiential learning paradigms with no hybrid/distance education. The core themes threaded throughout the program curriculum include math and science focused curricular education to the discussion of current issues in health disparities and social justice.

UCHS Course: The following courses are offered in the UCHS program.
UCHS 101: Introduction to Public Health UCHS 302: Introduction to Global Health UCHS 401: Introduction to Health Policy and Planning
UCHS 201: Introduction to Urban Community Health Sciences UCHS 303: International and Comparative Health Systems UCHS 402: Research Methods in Community Health Sciences
UCHS 202: Introduction to Epidemiology UCHS 304: Program Planning and Evaluation UCHS 403: Applied Community Health Education
UCHS 203: Fundamentals in Community Health UCHS 305: Social, Behavioral, and Place-Based Theories for Community Health UCHS 404: Intersecting Inequalities
UCHS 301: Foundations in Health Disparities UCHS 307: Cultural Competency and Beyond UCHS 405: Participatory Action Methods for Community Health


Electives: Students will have the option to take up to three elective courses available throughout the CDU programs. Some electives include geographic information systems, biomedical sciences, nutrition, community organizing, and community health.

Internship: Students are expected to complete UCHS 306: Intersecting Domestic and Global Health Issues (internship) during the summer before their final academic year. This internship (to be completed either domestically or internationally)  challenges students to apply theories and frameworks they learned across multiple disciplines to real world needs.

University Catalogue available here.