Community Health

CBC’s Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Community Health program prepares graduates for work in community health and related fields. Community health workers are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the community served. Community health workers have gained the attention of policy makers and healthcare providers because of their unique competence in not only understanding community needs but also gaining trust in ways that the traditional healthcare workforce may not. These attributes enable community health workers to address the social determinants of health where the healthcare system may fall short due to lack of time, skills, cultural affinity, and community linkages.

While community health workers have diverse industry job titles, their scope of work may include:

  • Discussing health concerns with members of the community.
  • Providing informational counseling and social support.
  • Helping people understand their health conditions.
  • Translating or interpreting health information for clients.
  • Organizing outreach programs.
  • Advocating for individual and community health needs.
  • Collecting data and report findings to healthcare providers.
  • Providing health screenings, referrals, and educational materials.

Major courses in the BAS in Community Health program are taught online to accommodate working students. Major coursework includes:

  • Professional ethics
  • Foundations of public health
  • Epidemiology
  • Healthcare leadership
  • Health policy
  • Behavioral and cultural issues in public health
  • Public health education
  • Health systems and healthcare delivery

Application Process

The application process for the BAS in Community Health program is now available!

 Prerequisites for Admission

  • Earned associate degree in a health science, first responder, or social sciences related field, or
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits of coursework required of the BAS in Community Health degree. A complete list of courses can be found in the college catalog.
  • Successful completion of both MATH& 146, Intro to Statistics, and one of the following English courses; ENGL& 101 or ENGL& 102 or ENGL& 235. Both subects must be completed with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

    If you have any questions about your eligibility, please consult a CBC Completion Coach.

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    Application Deadline

    Completed applications will be reviewed and admit new students throughout the academic year. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early as seats in these classes can become very limited as the beginning of each quarter approaches. For applications to be considered, all steps noted in the application must be completed with the required materials submitted two weeks prior to the first day of each quarter. Instructions to submit are in the application.


The Bachelor of Applied Science in Community Health will prepare students for positions within the local community health profession as a new hire or through advancement from their current position. Graduates will be able to demonstrate the following program outcomes:

  • Content Knowledge: Students will examine and apply the significant theories, models, themes, and ideas in the psychological, behavioral, pedagogical, biological, socioeconomic, environmental, and sociocultural factors in the health and human services field.

  • Awareness and Understanding: Students will identify the diverse socioeconomic, behavioral, sociocultural, biological, environmental, philosophical, and historical factors that influence health and human services delivery.

  • Critical Thinking and Discovery: Students will articulate ethical principles and the application of scientific findings and/or critical analysis in order to interpret, promote inquiry, propose solutions, and/or create new ideas related to the health and human services field.

  • Leadership and Engagement: Students will demonstrate leadership and effective communication skills, showcasing an appreciation and commitment to their professional services as they develop and sustain productive relationships and work for the common good at local, national, and global levels.


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