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Major in Community Health


The goal of the community health program is to prepare health practitioners in the public health disciplines of wellness, health promotion and holistic disease prevention; as well as in community health services through cooperative, multi-disciplinary experiences.

Coursework focuses on developing competency in assessing individual/community health needs, and planning, implementing, and evaluating community health programs through academic work as well as field work.

Major Requirements: 59-63 Credits
* HC 201           Introduction to Public Health
*HC 202            Introduction to Global Health
*HC 203            Introduction to Epidemiology
HC 228             Health Ethics
*HC 235            Statistical Applications to Community Health
HE 390             Environmental Health
HC 415             Community Health Planning and Promotion
HC 425             Research Seminar
HC 450             Practicum

Electives (Total: 5 courses between Major and Interdisciplinary Options)

Major Electives: 3-6 Credits (1 or 2 courses)
HC 220             Health Policy
HC 234             Multiculturalism and Health
HC 350             Group Process
HE 350             Community Health Education
HC 403             Department Workshop in Community
                        Health (Advisor Approval required)
HE 450             Independent Study
                        (Advisor Approval required)

Interdisciplinary Electives: 9-13 credits (3-4 courses)
See Health Sciences Department for list of approved courses.

Required Ancillary Courses (17-20 Credits):
BI 161               Anatomy & Physiology
* BI 162             Anatomy & Physiology
BI 204               Microbiology
* CH 112           Survey of Chemistry OR *CH 110 and *CH 111


WSU/MCPHS Articulation Agreement

Worcester State University and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) have a formal affiliation agreement that admits a limited number of students into an articulated program that begins with eighty credits at WSU in the Community Health/Pre-Nursing program and ends with the accelerated Bachelor of Nursing program on the MCPHS Worcester or Manchester (NH) campus. At the end of the appropriate forty credits atMCPHS, the student transfers those credits back to Worcester State and earns a Bachelorof Science in Community Health. The student then completes the additional appropriate number of credits at MCPHS to earn the B.S. in Nursing at MCPHS.

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