Bachelor’s in Community Health at KU

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Program Overview

The bachelor's degree in community health at the University of Kansas prepares students for career paths in a variety of public health, community-based and clinical settings. Community health is a versatile field that encompasses a wide variety of interests, career paths and opportunities to serve our communities. Students in this program acquire the knowledge and skills to engage with diverse communities in the development, implementation, and assessment of health promotion programs. The program is rigorous and dynamic and allows students who are passionate about health issues in a community setting to achieve their professional goals, work with individuals to develop healthy attitudes and behaviors, ignite social movement, make connections and work toward achieving positive health outcomes for local communities. Coursework also prepares students for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam.

Career Outcomes in Community Health

The Community Health program prepares student through application-based and service-oriented opportunities to work in fields emphasizing health education, health promotion, community outreach and community partnerships. Additionally, the Community Health program promotes bringing a community health lens to the clinical setting. Therefore, this degree is advantageous for students interested in entering professions such as medicine, dentistry, and rehabilitation science so that they can promote health education, community health, and culturally mindful care within their practices as future health professionals. Graduates of the program may pursue careers in a variety of areas, including:

  • Government or public agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Health education
  • Private sector consulting
  • Private industry
  • Healthcare

Career Statistics

Field Experience

Students are able to take ownership of their education and recognition for hands-on learning both inside and outside of the classroom.

Professional credentials

Coursework fulfills the requirements for first aid certification as well as the option to become a certified health education specialist.

Minor options

Students have the flexibility to develop expertise in health-related areas through a variety of minor options.

Graduate study

Those who choose to pursue an advanced degree after graduation are considered for many highly-selective master's & doctoral programs across the U.S.

Thinking about community health?

Let us know you’re interested in the program. We would love to connect with you to discuss the program’s curriculum, steps necessary for admission to KU, and what to expect during the professional program admission process one you have become a Jayhawk.

Program coordinator

Sarah Collins
Need more specific information? Contact the program coordinator.

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Alden Pennington

I have really enjoyed all aspects of being a part of HSES within the School of Education and Human Sciences. As a Community Health major though, I think my favorite part is getting to explain what Community Health really means, and share the great experiences I have had so far learning about health based sciences, connecting with amazing staff and faculty and building relationships with peers.

Alden Pennington
Class of 2025

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