Public & Community Health, AS

Room: E-Building, E-300/C-252

Phone: (718) 482-5774


he Public and Community Health program provides a foundation for students to continue 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 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. 

Are You Interested In...

  • Working with people?
  • Connecting people to needed resources?
  • Promoting community empowerment?
  • Advocating for social justice?
  • Providing guidance on health behaviors?
  • Reducing health disparities in underserved communities?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Helping community members find relevant screenings and appropriate referrals for health or social services
  • Tracking progress towards meeting health goals
  • Facilitating workshops and group discussions on ways individuals and groups can promote good health

What makes this major unique?

Public and Community Health is intended for those interested in health education, public policy, and program development and evaluation.

The curriculum for Public & Community Health (PCH) has been designed to meet multiple goals: 1) Alignment with the curricular models proposed by the League for Innovations in Community Colleges and Public Health (CCPH) Project Recommendations for Public Health Programs (  2) The General Education requirements for the 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).

Career Possibilities

  • Community Health Worker or Specialist
  • Cancer Registrar
  • Medical Coder
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Public Health Program Administration
  • Prevention Specialist
  • Research or Program Assistant
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Public Health Grants or Policy Development and Administration
  • Public Health Program Director

Transfer Possibilities

  • York College – BS in Public Health
  • York College – BS in Community Health Education
  • Lehman College – BS in Public Health, Health Education & Promotion (including dual credit online MA degree)
  • Hunter College – BS in Public Health

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3 credits
    (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3 credits

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
Select one of the following courses – 3 credits

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses – 3 credits

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Students are advised to select SSY101 Psychology from the Scientific World Core. This course is a prerequisite for SCN195 Community Health. Students are also encouraged to take SSS100 Introduction to Sociology (Individual and Society).

Courses Credits
Health Sciences
HSF090 First Year Seminar for Health Sciences 0
Select one of the following courses: 3 Credits
SCH150 Drugs, Society and Human Behavior
SCH210 Human Sexuality
SCD200 Introductory Nutrition
Community Health: 12 Credits
SCH160 Health and Wellness 3
SCN194 HIV/AIDS, Science & Society 3
SCN195 Community Health 2
SCN196 Community Health Research 1
SCH285 Health and Diversity 3
Public Health: 12 Credits
SCH205 History/Principles of Public Health 3
SCH215 Social Determinants 3
SCH225 Health Behavior Change 3
SCH235 Epidemiology 3
Unrestricted electives: 3 Credits

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