Bachelor of Science, Urban Community Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science, Urban Community Health Sciences

Course Descriptions

Please see General Education (GE) section for GE course descriptions.
UCHS 101 Introduction to Public Health (3 units)
This course provides foundational knowledge of public health’s historical contributions and functions, including key concepts to understand factors that impact community health. In addition, this course introduces essential tools for assessing health outcomes in order to frame questions, analyze underlying causes, brainstorm solutions, and critically analyze evidence-based public health.

UCHS 201 Introduction to Urban Community Health Sciences (3 units)
Even throughout its continuous evolution, the dynamic and timely discipline of Urban Community Health Sciences has central tenets to which it stays faithful.  In this introductory course, we will review enduring priorities and defining features of the field by discussing the populations served, methods used, and practices prioritized.

UCHS 202 Health Disparities, Equity and Social Justice (3 units)
This course will explore health disparities, examine social determinants of health, and understand multi-level strategies at reducing poor health outcomes within a public health context founded in social justice. As an introductory course, we will examine, address, and respond to health disparities for the achievement of health equity.

UCHS 203 Fundamentals in Community Health Education (3 units)
The purpose of this course is to explore the history, philosophy, and theoretical foundations of the professional practice of community health education. Through a number of engaged and active learning experiences, students will develop the skills necessary to develop, structure and communicate health education content in a variety of settings.

UCHS 300 Introduction to Global Health (3 units)
This course introduces students to key challenges and proposed solutions to global health disparities that impact health and wellbeing. The course covers the social determinants of health and the impact of global politics, economics, social norms, health beliefs, cultures, traditions and practices that impact global health inequities.

UCHS 301 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 units)
This course offers introductory conceptual understanding in the science of epidemiology. Principles of epidemiology include measures of disease occurrence, common sources and types of data, and important study designs. Basic and more advanced methods are covered as appropriate, with applications to community health.


UCHS 302 Theoretical Principles of Community Health  Behavior (3 units)
This course introduces students to the behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental theories influencing community health behaviors, and their application in community health promotion programs. Students will explore, critique and recommend the application of the theories covered, in community health promotion programs targeting culturally diverse underserved populations.

UCHS 303 Comparative Health Systems (3 units)
This course provides students with a comprehensive analysis of the health care delivery system and the public health system and services. It covers identification of health problems and potential solutions related to health service delivery, health care reform, and trends in issues, policy, financing, regulation, and technology in U.S. and globally.

UCHS 305 Community Health Communication (3 units)
This course introduces students to the design of effective health communication strategies. Students will obtain the knowledge and skills to develop and communicate appropriate information and materials to audiences in a variety of settings. Emphasis will be placed on the application of health communication strategies, methods, and tools to convey and disseminate messages, research, and programs.

UCHS 306 Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Methods (3 units)
This course provides an overview of the fundamental understanding needed for conducting research with community under a community-based participatory research (CBPR) framework to familiarize students with the tenets of this methodology. Discussions will include the role of community engagement within the context of participatory action research, partnerships, and knowledge dissemination.

UCHS 307 Domestic & Global Community Health Internship (3 units)
This is a supervised field experience/internship in community health that provides students the opportunity to gain practical experience and apply competencies gained from academic coursework. Students complete 150 hours (50 hours/unit) of an internship which enables them to gain a hands-on experience in a community health setting.

UCHS 400 Introduction to Program Planning and Evaluation (3 units)
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to plan, develop, and evaluate public health programs and interventions for the improvement of community health and quality of life specifically focusing on culturally diverse urban communities burdened with disease, using a social ecologic framework and the PRECEDE-PROCEED Approach. 

UCHS 401 Health Policy and Leadership (3 units)
This course examines the U.S. policy making processes as they affect the health of individuals and populations. Students gain an understanding of the institutional frameworks that shape health policy and the policymaking process. Students also examine and apply principles and theories of leadership to advocate for social justice and health equity across diverse urban populations.

UCHS 402 Ethnic Studies in Urban Community Health Sciences
This course will review the racial ideologies underwriting the historical formation and uses of race and culture throughout the world, and the use of race and culture as categories central to urban community health sciences. Structural roots of social injustice and critical discourses of race that enhance our understandings of power and privilege will be emphasized. 

UCHS 403 Geographic Information Systems & Environmental Health Impacts (3 units)
This elective course introduces students to Geographic Information Systems through a basic understanding of geospatial theories, methods, and technologies, with a special emphasis on environmental health impacts. Students will be able to locate, process, analyze and communicate basic geographic information and environmental factors that impacts the health of urban communities using geo-spatial tools and techniques.

UCHS 404 Cross Cultural Issues and Identity Formations (3 units)
Community is a complex, multilevel set of peoples, organizations, and values, interwoven and bound by relationships and identities. This course provides students with an understanding of shared struggles across diverse populations through critical reflection and social justice scholarship. We will examine culture and community through inquiry on identity formations and the historical present.

UCHS 405 Community Food Systems and Health Disparities (3 units)
This course introduces the systems thinking approach to understanding how food systems influence health and health disparities among vulnerable populations. The model describes how a series of broad system factors such as food supply, food affordability, food environments operate in communities to affect disparities in dietary patterns of minority underrepresented populations.

UCHS 406 Applied Community Health Education (2 units)
This course prepares students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, a competency-based exam that measures the knowledge and skills in the seven areas of responsibility for health education specialists. A CHES-certified instructor will review key principles, concepts, and techniques in health education to prepare students to successfully complete the CHES exam.