Community Health Concentration

Become a change agent as you gain the skills and knowledge to improve the health practices of individuals and communities.

The master’s in health science with a concentration in community health helps you understand the factors that influence health-related behaviors and apply theory to promote healthy practices. In this concentration, students can study a number of areas, including:

  • Social, cultural and psychological determinants of health behavior with foundations in epidemiology and the biological and behavioral sciences
  • The dynamics and methods of planned change in the social and behavioral sciences
  • Political and social action theory, community organization and development, and interpersonal techniques for influencing behavioral change
  • The application of knowledge and theory in health service settings and the community

Community health graduates can pursue careers as health education specialists in a variety of settings: voluntary health agencies such as the American Diabetes and American Lung Associations; health maintenance organizations and hospitals; private business and industry; or government agencies. Students holding current credentials in pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, nutrition, or other health professions may combine those skills and redirect their careers toward community health, non-clinical employment or an expansion of their own practices with an education component.

Tailor Your Plan of Study to Your Needs

To complete the Community Health concentration you must take six required courses (18 units) and six electives. Choose electives to meet your needs and interests. It is even possible to use them to earn an additional credential (e.g. the 12-credit Health Leadership Post Baccalaureate Certificate) at no extra cost. Students should meet with their advisor by the end of their first semester to complete a preliminary Plan of Study.