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, globally and locally.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the public health history, philosophy, values, concepts and functions across the globe and in society.
  2. Use evidence-based approaches, including methods and tools of public health data collection and research methods, to assess the health status and quality of life of local, national and global urban communities.
  3. Discuss the relationship between health, human rights, leadership and community engagement in advancing health equity and social justice across culturally diverse local, national and global urban communities.
  4. Describe the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion & screening.
  5. Explain the behavioral, social, structural, environmental, biological, political and economic determinants of health and how they impact human health and health disparities.
  6. Apply basic principles of community health program planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation.
  7. Describe the organization, structure and function of healthcare and public health systems across local, national and global settings.
  8. Describe the multiple dimensions of the US policy-making process, their impact on community health, including the roles of leadership, ethics and evidence.
  9. Communicate audience appropriate public health content, research, and practice using cultural humility approaches, in writing, oral presentation and use of social media.

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.