Community Health (BS)

What is Community Health?

The Bachelor of Science in Community Health prepares students for careers in the broad field of community health. Coursework includes training in health topics, intervention development and evaluation, health behavior theory, policy and teaching methods. The program also prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, which is given by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). This credential ensures that students are trained and qualified to plan and coordinate community health education programs. 

What can I do with a Community Health Degree? 

The B.S. in Community Health provides practical field experiences and experiential coursework to prepare students for employment in public or private agencies; local health departments; volunteer organizations; hospitals; health insurance companies; worksite/employee health promotion and wellness programs; and a variety of community-based organizations.

   Course planning

Choose an area of study (associate degree), earn Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and complete pathway courses. The below pathway outlines the required Henry Ford College courses.  Courses not taken or transferred from Henry Ford College can be completed at Wayne State University.

Choose an area of study

Associate Degree  
Associate in Arts (AA) Pre-Surgical Technologist (AS)
Associate in General Studies (AGS) Pre-Respiratory Therapist (AS)
Associate in Science (AS) *Surgical Technologist (AAS)
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) *Fitness and Sport Center Mgt. -Associate in Business
*Medical Practice-Clinical Mgt. (AAS)  

*Due to the requirements associated with these programs the total amount of credit earned will likely exceed the minimum bachelor's degree requirement.

Earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

MTA Requirement/Specific Course Credit Hours Notes
*ENG 131 Intro to College Writing (ENG 1020) 3 or ENG 132H
*ENG 132 College Writing & Research (ENG 3010)                   3  
Approved Mathematics (see MTA) 4  
*BIO 131 Intro to Biology (BIO 1510) 4  
Approved Natural Science with lab (see MTA) 4-5 Second Science must be from different
*SOC 251 Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society (SOC 2600) 3  
Approved Social Science (see MTA) 3 Second Social Science must be from different discipline
Approved Humanities/Fine Arts (see MTA) 3  
Approved Humanities/Fine Arts (see MTA) 4 Second Humanities/Art must be from different discipline
Total                                                    30 credits (min.)  

*Meets MTA requirements and/or satisfies Wayne State degree requirement (prerequisites may be required, see HFC Academic Advisor). 

Complete pathway courses

Course Credit Hours
HPE 140 Lifetime Wellness (HE 2310) 2
HPE 145 Advanced First Aid/CPR/AED Training (LFA 2330) 3
HPE 141 Intro to Health and Wellness or HPE 253 Nutrition for the Professional (NFS 2030) 3
Total      8 credits

   Course planning 

The following courses are required to finish the degree requirements.  Any pathway course(s) not completed at the community college can be completed at Wayne State University. 

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Community Health

 Course Credit Hours
HE 1010 Foundations of Health and Health Promotion 3
HE 2320 Advancing Policy Community Health Education 3
HE 3440 Nutrition and Health Education 3
HE 3344 Methods/Materials Community Health Education 3
HE 3500 Human Disease 3
HE 4010 Foundations Community Health Program 3
HE 4902 Health Education Internship 5
HE 6310 Reproductive Health Education 3
HE 6320 Mental Health and Substance Abuse 3
HE 6330 Health Behavior Change 3
HE 6501 Measurement/Evaluation Community Health Ed 3
HE 5522 Health Psychology 3
HE Electives (see WSU advisor) 9
Total 47 credits (minimum)

 Transfer credit summary

Transfer credit summary Credits
Henry Ford College transferable credits 73 credits

Required Wayne State University credits

47 credits (minimum)

Total credits required to complete bachelor's degree 120 credits (transferred or WSU)
  • WSU requires a minimum of 30 hours in residency. 
  • You can review how courses transfer using the course equivalency tool for other acceptable equivalences. 

How do I get started?

  • Join Wayne State Transfer Pathways
  • Schedule a WSU Transfer Success Appointment         
  • Meet with your academic advisors and track your academic progress 


  • The pathway allows multiple associate degree options with the flexibility to customize your degree path. The minimum eligibility to participate in the Wayne State Transfer Pathways is a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and an associate degree (earned or Reverse Transfer).  
  • All college-level (non-developmental), non-duplicated courses with a 2.0 (C) grade point average (GPA) or above will be considered for transfer credit.  Earned credit will transfer as 1) direct course equivalency, 2) major/department credit, or 3) elective credit. Credits not earned at the community college will need to be taken at WSU.  
  • These pathways do not replace the importance of community college and Wayne State academic advising. The pathway provides a general roadmap to degree completion. 

Primary contacts

    Henry Ford College
    Academic Advising
    313-317-6845 |                                     

             Transfer Student Success Center
             313-577-2487 |
             Kinesiology Health and Sport Studies
             313-577-4249 | | Schedule an appointment

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.