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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 21 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 (15 hours)

*ENGL 101 Composition (or exemption) 3
*ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3
COMS 246 Introduction to Intercultural Communication or
COMS 342 Problem Solving in Teams and Groups
3
*COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication (3) or
COMS 150 Personal Communication (3) or
COMS 230 Fundamentals of Debate (3)
3
JOUR 433 Strategic Communication 3

Behavioral Science (9 hours). *1 course required for admission:

PSYC 104 General Psychology 3
SOC 104 Elements of Sociology 3
ABSC 310 Building Healthy Communities 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 (13 hours)

*BIOL 100 Principles of Biology 3
*BIOL 102 Principles of Biology Laboratory 1
BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy 3
BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology 3
*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 (2 hours)

*HSES 248 First Aid with lab (or current certification) 2

First Aid Certification. Students with current certifications must take an additional 2 hours of course credit in lieu of HSES 248. Acceptable certifications are American Red Cross courses: Standard First-Aid with CPR/AED or Aid-Responding to Emergencies with CPR/AED.

Major Requirements (27 hours)

HSES 310 Research and Data Analysis in Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences 3
HSES 365 Peer Health Education 3
HSES 385 Exercise Psychology
3
HSES 402 Health Behavior Therapy 3
HSES 418 Health Aspects of Aging 3
HSES 465 Needs Assessment and Evaluation
3
HSES 466 COURSE NAME?
3
HSES 489 Health and Human Sexuality 3
HSES 573 Introduction to School and Community Health 3

Electives (30-32 hours). Students who substitute first-aid certification for HSES 248 must take 32 hours of electives. All other students must take 30 hours of electives. Required electives must be chosen from the list below and approved by your community health adviser or a faculty member before taking the course:

  • HSES 308 Diseases and Drugs 3)
  • HSES 330 Principles of Nutrition and Health 3)
  • HSES 434 Consumer Health 3)
  • AAAS 330 Black Leadership 3)
  • AAAS 420 Intercultural Communication: The Afro-American 3)
  • ABSC 140 Introduction to Principles of Behavior 3)
  • ABSC 150 Community Leadership 3)
  • ABSC 160 Introduction to Child Behavior and Development 3)
  • ABSC 268 Introduction to Marriage and Family Relations 3)
  • ABSC 304 Principles and Procedures of Behavioral Modification and Therapy 3)
  • C&T 235 Multicultural Education 3)
  • PRE 210 Career & Life Planning: Decision Making 3)
  • PRE 580 Positive Psychology 3)
  • PSYC 360 Social Psychology 3)
  • PSYC 370 Brain and Behavior 3)
  • PSYC 430 Cognitive Development 3)
  • PUAD 330 Introduction to Public Administration 3)
  • PUAD 639 Community Engagement and the Civil Society 3)
  • SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values 3)
  • SOC 220 Sociology of Families 3)
  • SOC 522 American Racial and Ethnic Relations 3)
  • SOC 617 Women and Health Care 3)
  • SOC 624 Sociology of Health and Medicine 3)
  • SW 410 Professional Writing Skills in Social Work 3)
  • WGSS 351 Women and Leadership: The Legislative Process 3)
  • WGSS 468 Psychology of Women 3)
  • WGSS 521 Women and Violence 3

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

Internship (16 hours)

HSES 580 Internship in Community Health 2
HSES 478 Health Internship Seminar 14

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