Program:
Community Health

Degree Awarded:
Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Associate of Science in Health Information Technology

Length of Program:
Full time - 9 semesters

Application Deadlines:
Accepted year-round
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Degree Overview

The Associate of Science in Health Information Technology and Bachelor of Science in Community Health dual degree option is geared toward students who have an interest in using their skills in a variety of settings. This may include a hospital/clinic/insurance environment, or more community-based public health departments, social service agencies, or non-profit organizations. This dual program option provides students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of health care and expand on their Health Information Technology degree by focusing on one of these Community Health concentrations: Public Health, Human Services, Gerontology, Women’s Health, or Healthcare Business. The HIT and Community Health program directors will work together as your co-advisors, creating an individualized course sequence plan that integrates courses from both programs.

To complete an Associate of Science in Health Information Technology and Bachelor of Science in Community Health, students must successfully complete a total of 123 semester hours.

Required Courses for Dual Degree - Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Associate of Science in Health Information Technology

General Education Courses
Courses Semester Hours
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
EN 102 - English Composition II 3
PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3
MA 130 - College Algebra 3
Total Semester Hours 12
Core Courses

*Student choose one from each category

Courses Semester Hours
◊ IC Core - Intercultural Communication 3
HU Core - Humanities 3
EA Core - Ethics, Empathy and Advocacy 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Support Courses
Courses Semester Hours
GEN 105 - Medical Terminology 1
BU 110 - Microsoft Office Applications 4
BI 122 - Nutrition Science 3
HM 224 - Anatomy and Physiology 4
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
HM 226 - Human Disease and Conditions 3
SO 220 - Medical Sociology 2
CHL 244 - Vulnerable Populations 3
CHL 243 - Trauma Informed Care 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
CHL 248 - Introduction to Grant Writing 2
Total Semester Hours 30
HIT Major Courses
Courses Semester Hours
BU 140 - Healthcare Delivery Systems 2
BU 335 - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
HM 108 - Concepts and Principles of HIM 3
HM 230 - Coding I: Foundation of Coding 3
HM 240 - Introduction to Informatics 3
HM 255 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
HM 215 - Data Management 3
HM 218 - Data Analysis and Visualization 3
HM 331 - Coding II: Principles of Coding 3
HM 333 - Classification Systems and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
◊ HM 368 - Professional Practice Experience I 2
HM 445 - Health Information Technology Assessment 1
Total Semester Hours 32
Community Health Major Courses
Courses Semester Hours
◊ CHL 400 - Community Health Fieldwork (concentration related) 2
CHL 401 - Community Health Capstone (concentration related) 2
Total Semester Hours 4

Additional Major Courses (by concentration)

Dual Degree students choose ONE of the five concentration areas to complete plus additional electives if needed to maintain total required credits.

Public Health Concentration

18 Semester Hours

Courses Semester Hours
BU 470 - Issues and Policies in Public Health 3
CHL 250 - Epidemiology 3
CHL 353 - Community Engagement and Social Change 3
CHL 251 - Environmental Risk Factors and Disease 3
ST 410 - Advanced Statistics for Public Healthcare 3
CHL 355 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Human Services Concentration

18 Semester Hours

Courses Semester Hours
PY 200 - Human Development 3
CHL 266 - Social Policy and Human Services 3
CHL 245 - Family Dynamics 1
EA 210 - American Poverty and Healthcare 3
CHL 252 - Information and Referral 2
CHL 249 - Crisis Intervention 1
CHL 253 - Understanding the Criminal Justice System 2
CHL 353 - Community Engagement and Social Change 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Gerontology Concentration

18 Semester Hours

Courses Semester Hours
HC 220 - Gerontology 2
CHL 241 - Programs, Services and Policies in Aging 3
EA 205 - Death and Dying 3
CHL 330 - Health and Physical Aspects of Aging 3
CHL 333 - Psychological and Social Aspects of Aging 3
CHL 334 - Managing Care of the Older Adult 3
CHL 335 - Seminar in Gerontology 1
Total Semester Hours 18
Women's Health Concentration

18 Semester Hours

Courses Semester Hours
CHL 260 - Evolution of Women’s Health 3
CHL 261 - Women’s Health in Contemporary Society 3
CHL 265 - Literary Perspectives of Women’s Health 3
CHL 362 - Global Issues in Women’s Health 3
CHL 364 - Mental Health of Women Throughout the Lifespan 3
CHL 365 - Mammography 1
CHL 366 - Pharmacology in Women's Health 1
CHL 367 - Preventative & Restorative Topics for Women 1
Total Semester Hours 18
Healthcare Business Concentration

18 Semester Hours

Courses Semester Hours
BU 357 - Healthcare Accounting and Financial Management 4
BU 262 - Business Communication and Marketing 3
BU 375 - Concepts of Leadership 2

Students select three of the following electives:

Courses Semester Hours
BU 470 - Issues and Policies in Public Health 3
BU 420 - Long-Term Care Management 3
HM 360 - Compliance and Legal Applications 3
BU 318 - Human Resources and Organizational Behavior 3
BU 425 - Project Management 3
HM 333 - Classification Systems and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
BU 411 - Operations and Quality Management 3

Tuition and Fees

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Undergraduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour
$620


Cost per Semester
$7,590 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$3,795 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Tuition
Undergraduate Tuition$620 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $25/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $150/ each
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Lab Fee - General Education $40/ class
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $99/ student

Career Overview

Median Salary

Community Health
$47,000
Payscale.com, 2019

Health Information Technology
$41,430

Source: PayScale.com, 2019

Job Outlook

  • 21% increase for community health workers
  • 11% increase for health information technicians

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Career Options

  • Medical Records & Health Information Technicians
  • Medical Secretaries
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Administration
  • Educational settings
  • Environmental health agencies
  • Correctional institutions
  • Grant writing
  • Health departments
  • Health & wellness centers
  • Home health, palliative care & hospice agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Independent, Assisted Living & Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Insurance companies
  • Medical clinics
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Public policy & government
  • Public safety & disaster relief organizations
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Research
  • Shelters
  • Social service agencies
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Women’s health agencies

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