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Community Health Admission

Students may apply for admission twice a year. Submit an application by February 1 for fall semester admission or September 22 for spring semester admission.

Community Health Program

This option prepares students for health-related careers in public agencies. In addition to general education requirements, the program includes major requirements, electives from courses complementary to the program, and a 12-hour internship (30 hours a week for 16 weeks). A 2.75 cumulative grade-point average is required to apply for the internship and to graduate. Students must complete all KU requirements to graduate.

Program Requirements

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are required for admission.

Language Arts and Communication (12 hours)

*ENGL 101 Composition (or exemption) 3
*ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3
ENGL elective
*COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication (3) or
COMS 150 Personal Communication (3) or
COMS 230 Fundamentals of Debate (3)

Behavioral Science (6 hours). *1 course required for admission:

PSYC 104 General Psychology 3
SOC 104 Elements of Sociology 3

Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities (9 hours)

*Any 2 required for admission: 3 courses from the humanities and social sciences principal course list. A student must not take more than 2 courses (6 hours) from any one content area. 9

Science and Mathematics (21 hours)

*BIOL 100 Principles of Biology 3
*BIOL 102 Principles of Biology Laboratory 1
BIOL 200 Basic Microbiology 3
*BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy 3
*BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology 3
CHEM 125 College Chemistry 5
*MATH 101 Algebra or a MATH course higher than MATH 101 (excluding MATH 103, MATH 109, MATH 110. This credit-hour requirement varies due to placement in math.) 3

Physical and Mental Health (8 hours)

*HSES 248 First Aid with lab (or current certification) 2
*HSES 260 Personal and Community Health 3
*HSES 269 Introduction to Exercise Science 3

Major Requirements (40 hours)

HSES 310 Research and Data Analysis in Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences 3
HSES 330 Principles of Nutrition and Health 3
HSES 365 Peer Health Education 3
HSES 418 Health Aspects of Aging 3
HSES 434 Consumer and Environmental Health 3
HSES 453 Communicable and Degenerative Diseases 3
HSES 482 Drugs in Society 3
HSES 488 Pre-Internship Seminar 1
HSES 489 Health and Human Sexuality 3
HSES 565 Methods and Materials in Health Education 3
HSES 573 Introduction to School and Community Health 3
HSES 605 Administrating Health-Related Programs 3
PSYC 333 Child Development (3) or
PSYC 430 Cognitive Development (3) or
PSYC 626 Psychology of Adolescence (3)
JOUR 433 Strategic Communication 3

Electives (16-18 hours). Students who substitute First Aid certification for HSES 248 must take 18 hours of electives. All other students must take 16 hours of electives. Of the required elective hours, 6 hours must be selected from the following program areas and approved by your community health adviser before taking the course:

  • Spanish (any class level);
  • Upper-division (300 or higher) psychology;
  • Sociology;
  • Anthropology;
  • Applied behavioral sciences; and
  • Women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Elective classes cannot be used to satisfy both electives and social science/humanities pre-admission requirements.

Internship (12 hours)

HSES 580 Internship in Community Health 12

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