• Public and Community Health, A.S.

    Now available for Fall 2018! The Public & Community Health Program is based on interpersonal, multicultural, psychological, social and behavioral theories and their application throughout public health programs and community settings.

  • An Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Public & Community Health at LaGuardia provides a foundation for students to continued education and training in Bachelor degree programs in community health, health education, health promotion, health sciences and public health.

    Our Public and Community Health program focuses on training students to with the skills to understand the issues impacting the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities from diverse backgrounds. Public & Community Health Professionals seek to empower individuals and communities, emphasize strengths and abilities, and foster human growth and development.

  • The mission of the Public and Community Health Program at LaGuardia Community College is to contribute to the well-being of individuals, families and communities. Our program is designed to provide solid foundation in the principles, theories and skills needed to be effective in public and community health professionals who promote the values and ethics of working with diverse populations and respect the dignity of all individuals, families and communities.

    Program Philosophy
    The Public and Community Health Program is dedicated to providing foundational and experiential learning opportunities to engage students as proactive learners and to preparing them to be life-long learners.

    • Students are encouraged to become critical thinkers, learn inquiry and problem solving, and embrace global perspectives.
    • The program emphasizes integrative and reflective learning from experience and building foundations and skills for lifelong learning.
    • The curriculum fosters the integration of theory and practice to develop the essential oral, written and digital communication abilities necessary for success in 4-year programs and beyond by integrating assignments that explore, demonstrate, and apply the knowledge, skills, techniques and values of public and community health professionals

    Hybrid Learning and ePortfolio
    Many of the courses in the Public and Community Health Program are offered as hybrid and will meet for two hours at a time. Students are expected to complete online learning assignments on their own time by given deadlines. Hybrid learning and ePortfolio help foster personal and professional growth in preparation for transfer.

    Program Design
    The curriculum for Public & Community Health (PCH) program has been designed to align with the curriculum suggested by the League for Innovations in Community Colleges and Public Health (CCPH) Project Recommendations for Public Health Programs www.league.org/ccph. The recommendations for general education courses in the PCH program include the background domains suggested by the Council for Education for Public Health Accreditation (CEPH) and the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), specifically:

    • Math/Quantitative Reasoning: Students should have an introduction to basic statistics.
    • Science: Biological and life sciences, and the concepts of health and disease
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences: Foundations of social and behavioral sciences.

    Public and Community Health Handbook

    Public health and related fields are among the fastest growing employment sectors in the NY region and nationally, with an estimated 250,000 new workers needed nationally by 2020. More than 25% of public health workers have retired in the past decade and only 20% of the current workforce has formal training in public health. With the retirement of individuals without formal educational training in public health, those with AS and BS degrees will be prepared to replace them and thereby respond to the workforces needs.

    This broad definition of the public health workforce definition includes some categories of workers who are not included in standard enumerations, such as those employed in the occupational safety and health in industry, unions, and government; those engaged population-focused health education work on behalf of community based organizations (heart disease, cancer, or diabetes) as well as large health care systems; and lastly, those employed by both governmental agencies and other health settings.

    Official public health agencies are the most common employers of the nearly 500,000 identifiable public health workers in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, national employment of health educator and community health workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. New York State and the New York City metropolitan region rank in the top three in the nation for employment for community health workers and health educators. Growth in employment will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce health care costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors and utilization of available health care services.

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.

    In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment.

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

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    The A.S. in Public and Community Health at LaGuardia Community College articulates with two programs at York College:

    • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
    • Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education

    An articulation with the B.S. Program at Lehman college is currently in development.

    Degree Map
    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio.

    Recommended Course Sequence for students enrolling Fall 2018
    Review the course catalog for pre- and co- requisites.

    Semester 1 (courses may be taken during Session I and Session II)

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    HSF090  First Year Seminar for Health Sciences  Program Core  
    ENG101*  English Composition I  Required Core 3
    MAT120**  Elementary Statistics I  Required Core 3
    SSY101 General Psychology  Flexible Core 
    SSS100  Introduction to Sociology
    Recommended course 
    Flexible Core 3
    SCH160 Health & Wellness  Program Core 3
    Session Credits 15
    Total Credits 15

    Semester 2 (courses may be taken during Session I and Session II)

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG102 Writing through Literature  Required Core 
    HUC106  Public Speaking
    Recommended course 
    Flexible Core 
    SSA101  Cultural Anthropology
    Recommended course 
    Flexible Core 
    CSN195  Community Health  Program Core 
    SCN196  Community Health Research  Program Core
      Health Science Elective
    SCD200, SCH150, SCH210
    Session Credits 15
    Total Credits 30

    Semester 3 (courses may be taken during Session I and Session II)

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits

    SCB101 Topics in Biology or
    SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
    Required Core 
      SSP101 U.S. Power and Politics
    Recommended course 
    Flexible Core
    SCH205  Public Health Program Core
    SCH215 Social Determinants of Health  Program Core 3
    SCH225 Health Behavior Change  Program Core  3
    Session Credits 15 
    Total Credits 45

    Semester 4 (courses may be taken during Session I and Session II)

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits

    Sixth flexible core course Flexible Core 
      Unrestricted elective  Program Core 
    SCH235  Epidemology  Program Core 
    SCH285  Health & Diversity  Program Core 
    SCN194  HIV/AIDS and Society  Program Core 

    Session Credits 15
    Total Credits 60

    *ENA101 or ENC101, depending on placement scores

    **MAT119, depending on placement scores

    See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.