AH-151: Introduction to Community Health

Health and Human Services
Health Careers
Health Careers
Academic Level
Course Subject
Allied Health
Course Number
Course Title
Introduction to Community Health
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-131 eligible
Catalog Course Description

This is an introduction to community health. Providing awareness of biological, psychosocial, cultural, economic, philosophical, political, ethical, and environmental impact of the health of individuals and the community. It covers factors and determinants of health and individual wellness, history, and predictions for the future.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction and History of Community Health
    • Explain the difference in community health and personal health.
    • Identify the current major community health issues in the United States and the world.
  2. Community Health Organizations
    • Identify governmental health agencies and describe their roles in community health.
    • Describe the roles of non-governmental health agencies as related to community health.
  3. Health Care Systems
    • Explain community organizing.
    • Describe health education and health promotion.
    • Describe school health programming and the role of WSCC.
  4. Epidemiology
    • Discuss the importance of disease reporting to the overall health of the community.
    • Describe the role of epidemiology in the prevention and control of diseases and health conditions.
  5. Maternal, Infant, and Child Health
    • Describe maternal, infant and child health factors and issues.
    • Discuss the importance of community health programs on maternal,infant, and childhood morbidity and mortality.
  6. Adolescent, Young Adult, and Adult Health
    • Identify health profiles and risks for various age groups and community health strategies for improvement.
  7. Older Adult Health
    • Describe the health profile of older adults.
    • Describe the community health needs and services for older adults.
  8. Racial, Ethnic, and Minority Populations
    • Define cultural competence and the importance related to minority community health.
    • Discuss the importance of diversity in the United States as is relates to community health.
  9. Mental Health
    • Discuss the legal and practical issues affecting how society deals with mental illness and the impact on the community.
    • Identify the multicultural, practical and political challenges faced by the community mental health care system.
  10. Substance Use
    • Describe the risk factors for substance use and the elements of abuse, prevention, and control.
    • Describe an effective community and school substance use and prevention program.
  11. Environmental Health
    • Discuss the various pollutants both indoor and outdoor and the impact they have on the wellness of the community.
    • Identify the role of environmental agencies on the safety of food, water, and air quality.
  12. Injuries
    • Identify the most prevalent causes of injuries at various age groups and their community health impact.
    • Discuss prevention initiatives as related to injuries.
  13. Occupational Health
    • Explain common work place health issues and safety/wellness programs.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

The academic achievement will be assessed using a combination or quizzes, exams, assignments, presentations, and participation.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Instructors (or their designees) reserve the right to require students to provide picture identification for test taking, graded papers or projects or other appropriate purposes.


To be determined through the School of Health and Human Services.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement
Effective Term
Fall 2020