Academic Catalog

Community Health, Bachelor of Arts

Community Health Program prepares students for professional work within their community to teach behaviors that promote wellness and to develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers provide a link between the community and healthcare professionals in order to develop and implement strategies and to improve the health of individuals and communities. Additionally, community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities. 

General Education Courses
I. Communication
ENGL U101Composition I3
ENGL U102Composition II3
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:3
Probability and Statistics
Elementary Statistics
College Mathematics
College Algebra
Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
Precalculus I
Precalculus II
Calculus I
Psychological Statistics
Natural Science:
Select two of the following:6-7
Descriptive Astronomy
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Foundations of Human Physiology.
Genetics and Society
Botany and Society
Human Biology and Society
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Environmental Science
Chemistry and Society
and Chemistry and Society Lab.
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab.
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab.
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Lab
Natural Disasters
Geology of the Southeast
Introduction to Physical Science
III. Information Technology
Information Technology:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to Computer Science
Intro to Digital Studies
Survey of Information Technology
Introduction to Digital Safety
Strategies for Information Discovery
Intro to Music Technology
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
American Studies, 17th - 19th Century
American Studies, 20th Century
Introduction to Creative Writing
Business Writing
Understanding English Grammar
Masterpieces of World Literature
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of British Literature I
African American Literature
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Issues
Comparative Religion
Introduction to Southern Studies
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select one of the following: 23
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory German I
Introductory Spanish I
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
PSYC U101Introduction to Psychology3
SOCY U101Introduction to Sociology3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African American Studies
Understanding Other Cultures
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
American National Government
Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives3
Select any approved general education course or courses
Core Requirements
CHME U200Foundations of Community Health3
CHME U210Introduction to Health Policy: Systems of Care3
CHME U300Research and Ethics in Community Health3
CHME U320Principles of Health Education and Promotion3
EDFO U333Educational Development of the Lifelong Learner3
NURS U301Nutrition3
Professional Sequence
BIOL U230Medical Terminology3
or NURS U230 Medical Terminology
EDCF U346Introduction to Family Studies3
CHME U330Mental Health and Illness in Community Health3
CHME U340Human Sexuality, Reproduction, and Health3
CHME U350Chronic & Communicable Disease3
or NURS U308 Pathophysiology Topics in Health Care
CHME U400Environmental Health3
CHME U410Case Management and Service Coordination3
Select one of the following:3
Community Health Improvement and Assessment
Health Assessment
Grant Writing
CHME U489Community Health Internship6
CHME U499Community Health Seminar: Advanced Principles of Community Health3
Cognate, and/or a Certificate, or a Minor option 112-24
(in consultation with advisor)
Electives 10-24
Note: Elective courses may require prerequisites
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
and Microbiology Lab
Introduction to Child Maltreatment
System Responses to Child Maltreatment
Prevention and Intervention Strategies
Policing in America
Introduction to Corrections
The Criminal Courts
The Juvenile Justice System
Alcohol, Drugs & Public Policy
Child Sexual Exploitation
Introduction to Early Care and Education
Family Interaction and Communication
Working with Parents in Diverse Settings
Creativity and Play
Lifelong Health & Wellness
Lifestyle-Related Diseases
Global Cultures and Identities
Understanding Healthcare Organizations
Fundamentals of Healthcare Administration
Illness, Culture and the Media
Health Messaging and the Media
Digital and Information Literacy for Nurses
Elementary Statistics
Psychology of Personality
Psychological Disorders
Health Psychology
Religion, Health and Healing
Social Deviance
Medical Sociology
Sociology of Death and Dying
Girls' Studies
Total Hours120-121

Students must earn 24 credit hours that can be satisfied by a (1) Minor—with remaining credit hours satisfied by electives if necessary; (2) a cognate or certificate with remaining credit hours satisfied by electives; (3) complete the 24 hours with both a cognate and certificate; (4) or complete the 24 hours with electives only.


The minimum acceptable level of competency is completion of the 101 level of a language. Students who place into the 102 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives, if hours are required by their degree program.

Note: Community Health transfer students who have earned an AA or AS degree from a regionally accredited (for college transfer) technical or community college or have completed the general education requirements at an accredited baccalaureate institution will have satisfied the general education requirements for the bachelor of arts in Community Health. A minimum of 30 semester hours must be completed in residence at USC Upstate after acceptance or transfer. This policy applies only to Community Health in CoEHPH.

NURS U306 Introduction to Professional Nursing, NURS U340 Nursing of Childbearing Families and Women's Health, NURS U360 Child Health Nursing, NURS U375 Pharmacology, NURS U441 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, NURS U461 Community and Public Health Nursing, NURS U497 Professional Nursing Issues: Credit can be given if previously taken as a part of a nursing major.