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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Community and Public Health Major (B.S.H.)

Major code BS8100

College of Health Sciences and Professions
Social and Public Health, Department of
Grover Center W324
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4675
Fax: 740.593.0555

Heather Harmon, contact person, harmonh@ohio.edu

Program Overview

Community and public health prepares students for positions in public health. A community health educator can work at a health department, service organization, volunteer health agency, state or federal health agency, hospital or work place. The goal is to improve quality of life and reduce health care costs/expenditures. A health educator is responsible for assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of health programs. In addition to these responsibilities, a health educator is expected to coordinate health programs and serve as a resource in the community.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program:

  1. Students will be able to describe factors affecting health issues from a social-ecological perspective.
  2. Students will be able to describe how epidemiological data are used to assist in health needs assessment and planning.
  3. Students will be able to describe how to assess needs, assets and capacity for community health among target audiences.
  4. Students will be able to develop theory-based community health programs that are responsive to health needs.
  5. Students will be able to describe how to implement theory-based community health programs.
  6. Students will be able to describe how to evaluate theory-based community health programs.
  7. Students will be able to develop a community health grant proposal.
  8. Students will be able to integrate professional community health application with their knowledge of community health.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Students who pursue a degree in community and public health are likely to be employed in a variety of health settings, such as health departments, work sites, hospitals, voluntary health agencies, community-based organizations or governmental organizations (such as CDC). As a community and public health major, a student is qualified to design, implement, and evaluate health education/promotion programs in any of the previously mentioned settings. Many of our undergraduates continue their education by obtaining the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification and a Master of Public Health (MPH) or related degree.