BS, Community Health

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Community, global, and public health are the fastest growing, most exciting, and versatile areas of study on college campuses across the United States today.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Community Health at Mason prepares students to protect and improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations—locally and globally—by developing and implementing evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs and policies. 

Community, public, and global health specialists work with a variety of health-related organizations and are expected to confront complex behavioral, cultural and social health and well-being issues at the local, national and global levels. Community health students develop the competencies and skills necessary for entry-level positions in a variety of professional settings such as local, state, and federal health and social service agencies and non-governmental and voluntary health organizations, health care, and private industry.

Our program is distinct in that it provides a solid foundation for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in public health or advanced training in a health profession (see the Clinical Science concentration). Students completing this degree are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Finally, majors in our program can choose to complete an optional concentration in Global Health or in Clinical Science.

The Global Health concentration focuses on understanding diseases and other health security threats reflecting the new global landscape, such as tobacco use and obesity, and emerging pandemics such as avian influenza, Ebola, and the Zika virus. Students complete the required coursework for the BS in Community Health and specialized coursework in global health in addition to interdisciplinary coursework. This concentration is designed for students interested in public health at the global level and is particularly focused on improving health conditions in less developed countries.

The best of both worlds, a professional degree program with strong science background for the ultimate undergraduate degree experience.  The Clinical Science concentration prepares students for post-graduate clinical training in a health profession field such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, occupational and physical therapy, and pharmacy. This concentration provides students the flexibility to design their curriculum to satisfy prerequisites for these programs. Students choosing this option are encouraged to check coursework requirements for their desired health profession because such requirements vary.