Health Science - Community Health Option, B.S.


Department of Public Health

Bachelor of Science Requirements

Health Science Major - Community Health Option

The Health Science Bachelor of Science curriculum consists of a core of five courses providing a foundation of knowledge and skills critical to the theory and practice of the health professional. In addition, students complete a specialized cluster of courses in an option that provides the depth and breadth for the area. A variety of combinations between and within options is possible to meet professional goals. However, university policy allows only one option to appear on the transcript and diploma.

To complete the health science major for the B.S., students must complete General Education requirements (48 units), a health science core specific to an option (15 units), one of three options (21-27 units), and any additional requirements to the option selected (11-33 units), the upper-division writing skills requirement, Multicultural and International (M/I), and additional electives. Students are encouraged to complete the additional requirements prior to the major courses as the courses may meet General Education requirements, and they provide a foundation for the courses in health science. Elective units also may be used toward earning a certificate.

Health science students are advised to obtain an advising roadmap from the department office. The roadmap includes the list of required courses. It is strongly recommended that students follow the coursework shown in the roadmap. Students need to consult with their advisers for decisions regarding major and minor courses. All substitutions must be approved by the department chair. Classes offered in the Health Science Department may require field assignments.

Due to the increasing number of opportunities in the area of health, we have structured courses in epidemiology, community and environmental health to complement basic courses in health behavior, health education methods, contemporary health issues, disease, drugs, and human sexuality. The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals not only to be competent instructors in the health areas, but to be health educators in many segments of our society. Upon completion of the degree, students would be eligible to take the certified test to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Industry, business, labor, and the military all seek knowledgeable individuals to plan and direct health delivery and information services. Advanced study in health systems and evaluation techniques of health systems is available to qualified undergraduate and graduate students.

1. Major Requirements (42 units)

Health Science Core for Community Health Option (15 units)
PH 92, PH 100, PH 109, PH 161, PH 163

Requirements (27 units)
Option requirements: PH 90, PH 91, PH 110, PH 114, PH 131, PH 133, PH 135 (21 units)
Option elective requirements (select from): PH 48, PH 104, PH 105, PH 111, PH 112, PH 115, PH 127, PH 129, PH 130, PH 152T, PH 182, NUTR 53 (6 units)

Additional requirements (15 units)
BIOL 10 or BIOL110, CHEM 3A, CHEM 3B, BIOL 33

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)*

5. Total units (120)**

* This total indicates that 9 units for BIOL 10, CHEM 3A and PH 90 are used to satisfy the G.E. requirement in the option. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for acceptance into the Community Health Option.
  2. A minimum grade of C is required in all Health Science core courses (PH 92, 100, 109, 161, 163) and core option courses (PH 90, 91, 110, 114, 131, 133, 135).
  3. Health science majors may not apply CR/NC grading toward major requirements for a baccalaureate degree, except for PH 175I, PH 185FI, and PH 188I, which are mandatory CR/NC courses.


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B.S. in Health Science - Community Health

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

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The community health curriculum in the Department of Public Health is designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce as competent health educators in the private and public arenas.  Students in this option are encouraged to seek the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification upon graduation.  

The community health curriculum requires courses in the basic sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy/Physiology) as well as in:  Statistics, Community Health, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Administration, Health Behavior, Principles of Health Education, Human Disease, Health Education Methods, Emergency Preparedness, Global and Cultural Health, Drugs and Alcohol, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and many other topics.  Program planning, dissemination, implementing, and evaluating are emphasized throughout the curriculum. 

What You Can Earn

Health Educator
$46,910 (in our region)

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020 

About the College

The College of Health and Human Services offers a broad range of fully accredited post-secondary and graduate educational programs to more than 4000 students each year. The College includes the Departments of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, and Social Work Education.

Residents and communities in the Central California region continue to face serious issues within the health and human service environment that will require continuing generations of well-prepared health and human service professionals.

College Contact Information

2345 E. San Ramon
M/S MH26
Fresno CA 93740-8031

Phone: (559) 278-4004

FAX: (559) 278-4437

Department Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Public Health

2345 E. San Ramon Ave M/S MH30 
Fresno CA 93740-8031

Office Location: McLane Hall Room 184 

Phone: (559) 278-4014 
FAX: (559) 278-4179