Bachelor of Science, Urban Community Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science, Urban Community Health Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

How and when can I apply to the program?

The UCHS program accepts applications for matriculation in the Fall and Spring semesters only. To apply for an undergraduate or certificate program in the College of Science of Health, prospective students must complete the application for undergraduate studies online.

  1. University admissions application
  2. High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  3. Official transcript from all post secondary school attended
  4. Overall GPA of 2.0 or above
  5. A personal essay describing the student’s motivations and reasoning for applying to the BS-UCHS program
  6. For high school students: SAT and/or ACT (recommended)
  7. For transfer students, no more than 60 units of transfer credit hours
  8. Completion of Math and English placement exams

Will the UCHS curriculum fulfill the MD prerequisites?

No. In order to fulfill the course requirements for admission to medical school, students must complete pre-matriculation courses known as pre-medicine. Students are recommended to work with their academic counselor to plan these courses accordingly, with the UCHS program requirements.

Do you require the SAT/ACT for admission?

The SAT/ACT is recommended for admission, but not required. A high school diploma/GED is required for admission.

Can I transfer into the program and/or transfer credits?

Students are welcome to transfer to the program. A maximum of 60 units are transferable pending program approval.

Do I have to complete an internship, globally?

No. One of the aims of the program is to understand the intersectionality of identity and experiences of historically disadvantaged communities, locally and globally. This will draw connections of ways in which advocacy works. Therefore, students are required to complete an internship of their choice and opportunities will be presented as well.

What are the employment opportunities for this degree?

The Bachelor of Science in Urban Community Health Sciences (UCHS) program at CDU aims to prepare undergraduate students for the public health workforce and/or advanced education in the health sciences such as public health or medicine or health-related fields such as urban planning and public policy. Additionally, as part of the curriculum, in the final semester before graduation, students will enroll in UCHS 403: Applied Community Health Education. This course will prepare students for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination. CHES is a competency-based tool used to measure knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists delineated by A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists (2015). A CHES-certified instructor will prepare students for the CHES exam administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. via weekly face-to-face to review key principles, concepts, and techniques in health education. Passing CHES will ensure students are prepared for the public health workforce and even graduate education. Students will be able to work in the non-profit, county, and social sectors aimed at improving community health.