Community Health

Community Health is an interdisciplinary concentration through which students examine a variety of issues, including population health and disease, health policy, cross-cultural and international aspects of health, the organizational and social structures through which health services are delivered and received, and the public health system. Courses in the concentration allow students to explore the ways in which the social, political, behavioral and biological sciences contribute to the understanding of patterns of population distributions of health and disease. The concentration also provides students with courses in basic research methods and statistics necessary for problem solving and critical thinking in the emerging emphasis on evidence-based health care and public health.

The requirements listed below are specific to the AB Community Health concentrators in the class of 2015 and earlier.  Students in the class of 2016 and beyond, please visit for the AB Public Health concentration requirements.  Students interested in the combination AB Community Health/MPH degree  should visit for a list of those requirements. 

Required Courses:
PHP 0310Health Care in the United States1
This course should be taken as a freshman or sophomore.
PHP 0320Introduction to Public Health1
This course should be taken as a freshman or sophomore.
PHP 1320Survey Research in Health Care1
This requirement should be fulfilled by the end of the junior year.
PHP 1910Public Health Senior Seminar1
This requirement should be taken during the senior year.
Environmental Health and Policy Electives (Students must select one of the following):1
Current Topics in Environmental Health
Environmental Health and Disease
Humans, Nature, and the Environment: Addressing Environmental Change in the 21st Century
Environmental Stewardship
Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental Health and Policy
Environmental Justice: The Science and Political Economy of Environmental Health and Social Justice
Native American Environmental Health Movements
U.S. Health Care Organization and Policy Electives (Students must select one of the following):1
Emergency Medical Systems: An Anatomy of Critical Performance
Case Studies in Public Health: The Role of Governments, Communities and Professions
Health Economics
Macro-Organizational Theory: Organizations in Social Context
Human Needs and Social Services
Sociology of Medicine
Global Health Electives (Students must select one of the following courses):1
The Burden of Disease in Developing Countries
Comparative Health Care Systems
Global Health Nutrition
Culture and Health
AIDS in Global Perspective
International Health: Anthropological Perspectives
International Perspectives on NGOs, Public Health, and Health Care Inequalities
Social and Behavioral Science for Prevention Electives (Students must select one of the following):1
Doctors and Patients- Clinical Communication in Medicine
HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Support HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
Alcohol Use and Misuse
Obesity in the 21st Century: Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures
Tobacco, Smoking, and the Evil Empire
Translation, Diffusion and Cultural Relevance of Health Promotion Interventions
Principles of Health Behavior and Health Promotion Interventions
Social Determinants of Health
Physical Activity and Public Health
Environmental and Policy Influences on the Obesity Epidemic
Behavioral and Social Approaches to HIV Prevention
Behavioral and Social Science Theory for Health Promotion
Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
Health Communication
Social Perspectives on HIV/AIDS
Human Biology/Physiology Electives (Students must select one of the following):1
Principles of Nutrition
The Foundation of Living Systems
Principles of Immunology
Principles of Physiology
The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience
AP Credit for Biology satisfies this requirement. If AP credit is used to satisfy the Human Biology/Physiology Elective, another concentration elective must be taken in its place.
Statistics Electives (Students must select one of the following):1
Essential Statistics
Statistical Analysis of Biological Data
Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Introduction to Econometrics
Econometrics I
Political Research Methods
Introductory Statistics for Social Research
AP Credit for Statistics does not satisfy this requirement.
Note: Statistics is a pre-requisite to PHP 1320 and PHP 1910.
Approved Electives (Students must select two electives):2
The two additional electives may be selected from the approved courses in four areas listed above (Environmental Health & Policy; US Health Organization & Policy; Global Health; or Social & Behavioral Science for Prevention) or the approved general electives listed below.
Health of Hispaniola
Pathology to Power: Disability, Health and Community
The Race To Inner Space: Conflating Science, Politics, and Economics To Promote Brain Health
Introduction to Conducting Clinical Research
The Epidemiology of Violence and its Consequences
Bioethics and Culture
Anthropology of Addictions and Recovery
Nutrition for Fitness and Physical Activity
The Biology of AIDS
Botanical Roots of Modern Medicine
Diet and Chronic Disease
Health Inequality in Historical Perspective
Social Contexts of Disease
Race, Difference and Biomedical Research: Historical Considerations
Environmental Science in a Changing World
Health and Healing in American History
GIS and Public Policy
Health Policy Challenges
Nonprofit Organizations
Crisis Management
Environment and Society
HIV/AIDS: Politics, Culture and Society
Unequal From Birth: Child Health From a Social Perspective
Inequalities and Health
Perceptions of Mental Illness
Aging and the Quality of Life
Aging and Social Policy
Military Health: The Quest for Healthy Violence
Total Credits12

Honors. An Honors track is available for students who qualify. Honors track students are also required to enroll in PHP 1980 in both semesters of their senior year to conduct research and write the honors thesis.