Bachelor of Science, Urban Community Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science, Urban Community Health Sciences

Intersecting domestic and global public health, social justice advocacy, and community wellbeing

About UCHS
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 health-related fields such as urban planning and public policy. Grounded in the understanding that structural and social inequalities impact health outcomes in historically disadvantaged and under-resourced communities, the UCHS program determines that the next generation of health scholars and practitioners deserve a rich educational foundation that integrates theoretical and applied public health and social justice knowledge.

Program Mission: To provide a rigorous and transformative undergraduate education that fosters academic learning, strengthens skills, and promotes critical engagement for students to lead the efforts in the advancement of social justice, health equity, and community wellbeing in under-resourced communities.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Identify evidence-based approaches for addressing community health in urban environments.
  2. Describe the relationship between health and human rights in health promotion and advancing social justice.
  3. Interpret the impact of policies, laws, and legislation on both individual and population health.
  4. Illustrate the intersections of the physical, social, and environmental aspects of community health.
  5. Use scientific data to assess the source and quality of health information about individuals and communities relative to their health behaviors, choices, and practices.
  6. Develop an ability to communicate effectively with individuals, groups, and organizations from diverse backgrounds.
  7. Apply interdisciplinary frameworks for the advancement of health equity in urban communities.

Program Highlights

  1. 120 credit-hour undergraduate degree program that can be completed in 9 terms
  2. Small class sizes for individualized attention
  3. Social Justice/Cultural Diversity Education
  4. Leadership Development
  5. Experiential Education: Underserved Community Engagement
  6. Research Experience
  7. Domestic and International Internship Opportunities
  8. Cross-disciplinary education via the study of intersectionality
  9. Expert faculty trained in public health, community health, population health, global health, prevention, health services, anthropology, and cultural studies.