Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in 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
- Healthcare leadership
- Health policy
- Behavioral and cultural issues in public health
- Public health education
- Health systems and healthcare delivery