General Health Studies
The undergraduate program in General Health Studies is designed for students who are interested in a career in community or public health education, and for students who are interested in graduate study in various allied or public health professions. Through the coursework required for the degree, students develop a background in health content, and professional knowledge and skills related to health education and promotion. In addition to the University core curriculum, the General Health Studies degree requires 36 hours of major coursework and at least 15 hours of support/emphasis courses. Though students may choose courses listed on the course checklists to fulfill the support course/emphasis requirements of the degree, other courses (as approved by and selected in consultation with a program advisor) may be considered. Total coursework required for the degree is 120 semester hours. The specific major and support/ emphasis courses can be found on the course checklists.
Interests and Skills
Health educators focus on the maintenance and improvement of health for individuals, groups, and communities. Graduates of the General Health Studies program will have skills in assessing health education needs and community assets, planning and implementing programs, conducting program evaluation, administering and managing programs, serving as health resource personnel, and advocating for health and health education.
A student who successfully completes the program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in General Health Studies within the Department of Health Science, College of Human Environmental Sciences. Students may continue their education in graduate programs in health education, allied health, and public health. Graduates of the program are qualified to take the Certified Health Education Specialist examination.
Graduates with an interest in community or public health education will be prepared for careers in local and state public health departments, community health agencies, medical care facilities and corporate/worksite health promotion programs. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the exam for national certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist. Further information on the profession of health education can be viewed through the video, Health Education Specialists: Promoting a Healthy World at http://www.sophe.org/healthspecialist.cfm. Students interested in allied or public health graduate study may pursue degrees in fields such as environmental health, health behavior, medicine, physician’s assistantship, and occupational or physical therapy.
Types of Jobs Accepted
Community health educator, consumer health educator, drug prevention educator, employee health promotion specialist, health education specialist for a health agency, health education training coordinator, injury prevention educator, nutrition educator, patient educator, sexuality educator
General Health Studies (GHS)
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|EN 101||EN 102|
|HHE 270||HD 101|
|HES 100||HHE 273|
|MATH CORE||NATURL SCI CORE|
|HISTORY CORE||ELECTIVE COURSE|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|HHE 370||HHE 378|
|NHM 101||HI OR SB|
|SUPPORT EMPHASIS COU||NATURAL SCI CORE|
|HU, L, OR FA||LITERATURE CORE|
|HI OR SB|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|HHE 440||CSM 441 OR 445 OR CS 285 OR CS 202|
|SUPPORT EMPHASIS COU||HHE 467|
|FL OR C||SUPPORT EMPHASIS CRS|
|FINE ARTS CORE||ELECTIVE COURSES|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|FL OR C||CSM 401 OR 447 OR HES 485|
|HES 310||HU, L, OR FA|
|HHE 468||ELECTIVE COURSES|
|SUPPORT EMPHASIS COU||APP NHM ELECTIVE|
|ELECTIVE COURSE||SUPPORT EMPHASIS CRS|
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