Online Bachelor of Science in Community Health

Community health workers strive to ensure the success of initiatives and interventions that aim to improve the well-being of diverse populations. If you’re interested in a career supporting healthy, sustainable communities, a community health degree may be right for you.

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Next start date: 03/08/2021


Total classes: 39

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What is a community health degree?

The online community health degree at Arizona State University focuses on health care beyond traditional health care organizations. You’ll learn to address health concerns and equip communities with the knowledge they need to stay safe and healthy. A community health degree also provides the tools needed to lead neighborhood-wide responses to health care challenges and manage partnerships between public and private organizations. Graduates of this degree gain experience in:

  • Advocacy services.
  • Care coordination.
  • Disease management.
  • Health care navigation.
  • Health education.
  • Health promotion.
 

The Bachelor of Science in community health can be completed as part of an accelerated track wherein students obtain both a bachelor's and master's in health care innovation degree in as little as five years. Please keep in mind each program has unique requirements to be eligible. Speak with your advisor for additional information.

What is a community health worker?

 

A community health worker fulfills a variety of different roles to ensure communities receive the health care resources and treatment they need. This can mean a multitude of things such as ensuring everyone has access to nutritious and fresh foods or providing vulnerable populations with preventative checkups.

For example in community health jobs, you may work as a patient advocate or service coordinator who connects patients with health care providers and social service agencies. You may also work to assess the effectiveness of community interventions. With a community health degree, you have the ability to pursue several different career paths.

Can I become a community health nurse with this degree?

 

This degree is not equivalent to a nursing degree. If you want to become a community health nurse, we recommend considering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in combination with proper nursing certification. The community health major does not prepare you for nursing licensure. The community health degree is ideal for those seeking roles similar to health care educators, community health supervisors or health services administrators.

Become a Certified Health Education Specialist

The online community health degree at ASU qualifies students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist® (CHES) exam offered by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing. CHES is a national and globally recognized credential that can improve employment opportunities for health professionals.

Community health courses online

Courses as a community health major are intended to provide the background needed to understand factors that influence community health. They also explore how organizations work together to support individuals. To graduate, students are required to complete a capstone focused on assessing community health factors and designing interventions that address them. Some courses in the community health degree include:


HCR 435: Leaders in Community Health


CHS 340: Health Theory


COM 225: Public Speaking (L)


SOC 101: Introductory Sociology (SB)


BIO 201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (SG)


CHM 101: Introductory Chemistry (SQ)


HCR 210: Ethics for the Health Care Professional (HU)


HCR 230: Culture and Health (C & G)


What can you do with a community health degree?

With a community health degree, you could work in an individual or systemic capacity to ensure that people receive the health care they need. Graduates can follow career paths in the public, private or nonprofit sector, educating communities or connecting individuals to crucial services. After completing this degree, you have the option to sit for the CHES exam which showcases your health education knowledge and can give you a competitive professional edge in a variety of different health care specializations. Possible roles in this field include:

Community Health Worker


Growth: 18.1 %
Salary: $38,370

Community Specialist


Growth: 13.2 %
Salary: $41,570

Guidance Counselor


Growth: 12.6 %
Salary: $55,410

Health Care Support Worker (General)


Growth: 11.7 %
Salary: $37,220

Health Technician (General)


Growth: 19.7 %
Salary: $41,800

Healthcare Professor


Growth: 25.9 %
Salary: $97,870

Medical and Health Services Manager


Growth: 20.5 %
Salary: $98,350

Patient Advocate


Growth: 4.9 %
Salary: $32,890

Social Services Director


Growth: 18.0 %
Salary: $64,100

Study with leaders in health innovation and public health

The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is the home to world-renowned faculty members.

  • Countless national faculty nursing awards. 
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar. 
  • Rosalynn Carter National Leadership Award in Caregiving. 
  • Ruth B. Freeman Award from the American Public Health Association.

Study with leaders in health innovation and public health

The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is the home to world-renowned faculty members.

  • Countless national faculty nursing awards. 
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar. 
  • Rosalynn Carter National Leadership Award in Caregiving. 
  • Ruth B. Freeman Award from the American Public Health Association.

Admission requirements for the community health major

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

A high-quality educational institution that prioritizes student success

ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation provides a first-class education to students across a wide range of health disciplines. The college distinguishes itself through high-quality instructors and challenging courses and programs.

10+


undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs online.

250+


faculty members.

$13.2


million in research awards.

4,000+


students.

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