Why Study Community Health?

Quick Facts
General Education - 37 Hours
Core Curriculum - 28 Hours
Concentration - 32 Hours
Total for Degree - 120 Hours
Full Program Requirements

The health of the community begins at the level of the individual. Governors State’s Bachelor of Health Science in Community Health prepares students to plan and implement health and wellness programs. With a strong focus on cultural understanding, students are equipped to positively influence the health of diverse populations with a particular focus of eliminating health disparities.

Community Health majors choose between three concentrations:

  • Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
  • Pre-Health Professions
  • Foundations of Substance Abuse

to advance their area of academic and professional interest.

Health and Life Sciences Pathway
If you are an entering honors-eligible freshman, you can follow the Health and Life Sciences Pathway, with eleven tracks structured to prepare you for the graduate-level study needed in many health professions. Within the pathway is the Guaranteed Professional Health Track, which guarantees admission to our masters (occupational therapy and communication disorders) and doctoral (physical therapy) programs as long as GPA and curriculum requirements are met. In the case that you fall below the track’s criteria, you may still remain in the Health and Life Sciences Pathway.

Reach your career goals.
Employment for community health workers and health educators is expected to grow by 16% over the next decade—much faster than the national average of all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Concentrations:

Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
Protect and improve community health through evidence-based methods. Coursework within this concentration covers a broad range of issues, such as health behavior and nutrition, alternative and conventional medicine, and the effect of epidemics and disasters on community health.

Pre-Health Professions
Prepare to meet prerequisites required for a variety of advanced health professions degrees such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Public Health, Medicine, Dentistry, and Nutrition. The specific pre-requisites vary depending upon which health profession the student intends to pursue.

Foundations of Substance Abuse
Support clients and communities suffering from substance abuse issues. Coursework focused in Addiction Studies covers issues such as assessment and referral, systemic impact, and clinical techniques, preparing students to tackle substance abuse issues at both the individual and community levels.

 
Contact:

Stacy Amedeo 
Academic Advisor, Senior Status 
sdarkey@govst.edu 
Office C3389
708.235.2128

 

Full Program Requirements

Full Program Requirements

You can find the complete guide to graduation requirements for your degree in our catalog.

Program Faculty

Program Faculty

Our favorable faculty-student ratios ensure lots of individual attention from our dedicated faculty members.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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Cost and Financial Aid

Cost and Financial Aid

Our tuition estimator helps you calculate your cost of attendance. Our Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping you find ways to fund your education.

Scholarships

Scholarships

At GSU, many scholarships are available and can make your education even more affordable!

All Academic Programs

All Academic Programs

We offer many options for undergraduate degrees and minors, and even several 5-year programs that lead to completion of a Masters degree as well!

Student Life

Student Life

Student Clubs and Organizations at Governors State University enrich your educational experience, allowing you to gain and hone skills applicable to the classroom and life beyond. Click here to explore additional student resources.

On-campus Residence

On-campus Residence

Prairie Place, our on-campus housing, provides many options to accommodate the needs of our diverse student population.

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Campus Location

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