• Undergraduate Program
    Bachelor of Science in Health, Community Health

    The Department of Public Health offers a program in Community Health through the Bachelor of Science in Health (B.S.H.) degree. The goal of the Community Health program is to provide students with the education and skills needed for entry-level positions in community health and for graduate studies. Community Health professionals encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness through informing and educating individuals and communities about behaviors that promote healthy living and prevent disease and illness. Careers may involve developing, planning, managing, or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs, or grant writing, conducting public health related research and mass media campaigns. Graduates are typically employed in governmental and non-profit health agencies, health care facilities, work site wellness programs or school settings.

    The purpose of the Community Health program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level community health positions, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification, and graduate studies. Graduates will be trained to plan, implement and evaluate health programs, develop theoretically based strategies, and demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking and technical skills. Through excellence in teaching, research and service, the UNF Community Health Program will meet the growing needs of enhancing health at both the individual and community levels.

    UNF’s Community Health program faculty are dedicated to providing a quality educational experience. Students receive individual attention and can enjoy relatively small class sizes. Students are encouraged to get to know the faculty, and office hour visits are welcomed.

    The curriculum includes coursework addressing the seven CHES competencies as identified by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and the five core areas of public health as identified by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The curriculum focuses on knowledge and skills for determining, understanding, and modifying factors that influence health with an emphasis on behavior change. Graduates are eligible to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by passing the exam offered by the NCHEC.

    Community Health Internship (HSC 4814)

    The Community Health program requires a 300 hour internship to be completed during the student’s last semester of enrollment prior to graduation and serves as an opportunity for the student to put into action the knowledge, skills and abilities which they have acquired during their degree program.

    Program of Study

  • Major: Health Science
    Concentration: Public Health
    Degree: Bachelor of Science in Health
    Prerequisites (25 credits)
    Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher
    PSY2012 Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
    MAC1105 (GM) College Algebra (3 Credits)
    STATISTICS Elementary Statistics Course
    Recommend STA 2014 or STA 2023
    CHEMISTRY General Chemistry I with Lab
    CHM must be a General Chemistry I with Lab (CHM2045/2045L).
    CHM1025c or CHM1032c does not satisfy the General Chemistry I requirement.
    MCB2010C Microbiology (4 Credits)
    MCB X010C or any Microbiology with lab To take MCB2010c at UNF, the Biology department requires a grade of B or higher in BSC1010c and a grade of C or higher in CHM2045/2045L.
    BSC2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credits)
    BSX X085C or any Human Anatomy and Physiology I course To take BSC2085c at UNF, the Biology department requires a grade of B or higher in BSC1010c.
    BSC2086C Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 Credits)
    BSC X086C or any Human Anatomy and Physiology II course To take BSC2086c at UNF, the Biology department requires a grade of B or higher in BSC2085c.
    Informational Text
    Effective fall 2013, Public Health program students must follow the following program policies.
    • Students are allowed a maximum of two attempts at all requisite, core, major, and minor courses in the Public Health program. If a student does not successfully pass one of these courses with a grade of C or better at the second attempt, he or she will be dismissed from the Public Health program and not readmitted. Attempts include: receiving a passing, failing, or incomplete grade, and taking the course at another institution.
    • A student will be denied admission or re-admission to the Public Health program if he or she is on either probation or suspension, or has left the university on either probation or suspension.
    • Public Health students are required to complete all major requirements (HSC3032, 3713, 3304, 4800, and 4814) at UNF. Students will not be given credits toward the major for these courses if they are taken at another institution.
    Requisites (3 credits)
    Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher
    HSC2100 Personal and Community Health (3 Credits)
    Core Requirements (15 credits)
    Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher
    HSC3500 Epidemiology (3 Credits)
    Prerequisite: STA2014 or STA2023
    HSC4730 Research in Community Health (3 Credits)
    Prerequisite: STA2014 or STA2023
    HSC3555 Human Diseases (3 Credits)
    Prerequisites: BSC2085c and BSC2086c
    HSA4111 U.S. Health Care System (3 Credits)
    HSC4210 Environmental Health (3 Credits)
    Major Requirements (18 credits)
    Must be completed with a C grade or better
    All General Education, Foreign Language, Prerequisite, Requisite, Core, Major, and Minor requirements must be completed prior to internship. Only Elective courses may be completed with internship (HSC 4814). You must petition to take any Electives with internship.
    • The Public Health Course Offering Guide is available in the Advising Office and online at www.unf.edu/brooks.
    • After starting HSC3032 Foundations of Communtiy Health course, the Public Health Program is a 2-year long program.
    HSC3032 Foundations of Comm Health (3 Credits)
    Prerequisites: successful completion of all program prerequisites effective spring 2013 term. Offered in fall and spring semesters only
    HSC3713 Plan and Eval Health Programs (3 Credits)
    Prerequisites: HSC3032 and HSC4730. Offered in fall and spring semesters only.
    HSC3304 Instruct Methods in Health Edu (3 Credits)
    Prerequisites: HSC3032 and HSC3713. Offered in fall and spring semesters only.
    HSC4800 Comm Health Pre-Internship (3 Credits)
    • Prerequisites: Completion of all program prerequisites.
    • HSC4800 must be completed the semester prior to HSC4814.
    • Effective 2016, offered in summer and fall semesters only
    HSC4814 Community Health Internship (1-9 Credits)
    • Must be completed in the last academic semester of enrollment.
    • Internship placement sites outside Jacksonville area are not available. Exceptions are granted in the rare cases of extenuating circumstances and are left to the discretion of Internship Advisory Committee.
    • Effective 2016, offered in fall and spring semesters only
    Minor Required
    Health Education minor is required for the Public Health concentration.
    Please refer to Health Education Minor listing in undergraduate catalog for the requirements.
    Additional minors may be chosen from outside of the Brooks College of Health, however they are not required.
    See your advisor to add the Health Education minor.
    Major Electives (9 credits)
    Major Electives must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher at the 3000/4000 level.
    SELECT 3 Courses with HSC/HSA Prefix
    Electives must be 3000/4000 level courses.

    Registration restrictions on HSA courses are typically lifted in the Friday afternoon during the first week of registration (except for fall registration - restrictions will be lifted in August).



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