The Bachelor of Science in Community Health degree is designed to prepare students for various careers in addressing the health and wellness needs of individuals, groups and communities. A healthy community, as described by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2001, p. 1), is "one that embraces the belief that health is more than merely an absence of disease; a healthy community includes those elements that enable people to maintain a high quality of life and productivity."
The curriculum prepares graduates of this program for multiple paths: graduate study in occupational therapy or public health, or employment as a health educator or other community health professional. Students may pursue the degree requirements on a full-time or part-time basis. Service learning experiences and a capstone project are completed in partnership with community agencies.
Program Admission Requirements
- Submission of a FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfaction of all applicable university admission requirements.
- Submission of supplemental application materials for the Community Health major by March 1 for Fall enrollment.
- At the time of application to the major, 18 hours of prerequisite course work must be completed. At the time of admission to the major, all prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (a grade of C- is not acceptable).
- 3.0 Cumulative GPA.
FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs)
Refer to the General Education Program for more information.
- Communication (6 hrs)
- Mathematics (6 hrs)
- Select STA 2023
- Select MAC 1105
- Humanities (9 hrs)
- Social Sciences (6-9 hrs)
- Select PSY 2012
- Select SYG 2000, ANT 2000, or ANT 2410
- Natural Sciences (6-9 hrs)
- Select BSC 1085C
- Select CHM 1045C
Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately.
- Common Prerequisites
- BSC 1085C Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab (GEP)
- BSC 1086C Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab (4)
- CHM 1045C General Chemistry I w/Lab (GEP)
- MCB 2010C Microbiology w/Lab (4)
- MAC 1105 College Algebra (GEP)
- PSY 2012 General Psychology (GEP)
- STA 2023 Statistical Methods (GEP)
- Required Courses in the Major (45 hrs)
- CLP 3140 Basic Psychopathology (3)
- DEP 2004 Principles of Development (3)
- HSA 3013 Management for Non-Profit Agencies (3)
- HSC 2577 Nutrition, Human Health, & Wellness (3)
- HSC 3133 Health & Human Sexuality (3)
- HSC 3201 Understanding Healthy Communities (3)
- HSC 3202 Introduction to Public Health (3)
- HSC 3208 Health Education Foundations (3)
- HSC 3582 Occupation & Participation (3)
- HSC 3661C Dynamics of Communication (3)
- HSC 4500 Epidemiology (3)
- HSC 4555 Disease, Impairment, & Function (3)
- HSC 4910 Capstone: Experience (3)
- IHS 3112 Legal & Ethical Principles of Health Care (3)
- IHS 4504 Research Methods in Health Care (3)
- Restricted Electives (6 hrs)
- Select from the following (Advisor approval required):
- GEY 3001* Introduction to Gerontology (3)
- GEY 3601* Aging and Human Performance (3)
- HSA 3111 US Health Care Systems (3)
- HSC 3131 Health Counseling (3)
- HSC 3537 Medical Terminology (3)
- HSC 3624 Global Health Systems & Issues (3)
- HSC 4150** Impacts of Substance Abuse (3)
- HSC 4241 Needs Assessment & Program Planning (3)
- HSC 4696 Case Management Fundamentals (3)
- HSC 4814 Community Health Practicum (3)
- OTH 3417C Musculoskeletal Anatomy (3)
- OTH 3429C Neuroanatomy & Function (3)
- PHY 2020*** Conceptual Physics (3)
- PHY 2053C*** College Physics (4)
- SOW 4601 Issues in Health/Mental Health (3)
- SOW 4643* Issues in Aging (3)
- SOW 4702** Chemical Dependency (3)
*Only one of GEY 3001, GEY 3601, or SOW 4643 may be selected.
**Only one of HSC 4150 or SOW 4702 may be selected.
***Only one of PHY 2020 or PHY 2053C may be selected.
- University Requirements (3 hrs)
- IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)
- Additional Electives (variable)
Additional electives may be required to reach a minimum of 120 credit hours for the baccalaureate degree.
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 120 HRS
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Apply for graduation by deadline indicated in the university calendar
- Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
- At least 48 of the 120 hours must be in the upper division (3000 and higher).
- At least 30 of the last 60 hours must be earned at FGCU.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
- A minimum grade of C is required for all completed courses included in the Community Health major for a student to be progressed through the curriculum.
- Satisfy Communication and Computation Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
- Satisfy Service Learning requirement. See http://www.fgcu.edu/connect/
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes
The following substitutions are acceptable for common prerequisites and must be completed with a grade of C or better:
- BSC 1085C: May substitute APK X100C or any Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab (4)
- BSC 1086C: May substitute APK X105C or any Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab (4)
- CHM 1045C: May substitute CHM X045/X045L or any General Chemistry w/Lab (4)
- MAC 1105: May substitute MAC X105 or MAC X147 (4)
- MCB 2010C: May substitute MCB X000/X000L or any Microbiology w/Lab (4)
- STA 2023: May substitute any statistics course (3)
For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.
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