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New Classes, Degrees, and Skills from the Department of Community and Environmental Health

If you have or are thinking about a major in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, or just need to take a few classes, then we have some important updates for you.

We’ve reworked our curriculum, offering new degrees to increase flexibility and your skills. These changes take effect next fall, with the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. If you’re unsure of what you want to do as a career or already know that community and environmental health is your passion, then these new degrees will be interesting to you. No matter what situation you are in though,  you’ll still be affected by the course prefix changes listed below.

New Degrees  

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Studies
    • General emphasis
    • Health informatics and information management emphasis
    • Science emphasis
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
    • General emphasis
    • Environment and occupational health and safety emphasis
    • Health education and promotion emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Health (online)
    • Focuses on community change and health education and promotion
    • Functions like a degree completion program

You’ll spend your first two years of general education in all three of these degrees. In your last two years, you will dive deeper into your selected discipline to develop specialized knowledge which will help you obtain employment in your chosen career.  

You will have options for developing cross-cutting skills in collaboration, initiative and resilience. You’ll also earn badges, or micro-certificates, demonstrating specific skills to employers.

Course Prefixes

We’ve changed our course prefixes, beginning with courses offered in fall 2018. We’ve made crosswalk for you and your advisor so that you can track specific courses from their old names, prefixes, and numbers to their new ones.

More info

For more information about the department, visit If you have specific questions about the upcoming changes, please email

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