Dec 07, 2019
Department of Community and Behavioral Health
Department of Environmental Health
Community and Behavioral Health Program Information
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: (423) 439-4456
Fax: (423) 439-6570
The Department of Community and Behavioral Health offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in public health with a concentration in community health. The degree prepares students to become effective health educators and community health specialists capable of developing and implementing health programs in a variety of community-based settings. Students completing the degree are eligible to sit for the national credential exam - Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Transfer Students - Transfer students who major or minor in public health shall earn a minimum of 18 hours of credit (12 hours must include either field experience or student teaching) with an average grade of C or above in this department. (See section of catalog on transfer students for other requirements.)
Graduate Study - The Department of Community and Behavioral Health offers the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in Public Health and the Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) degree in community health. The department also offers a graduate certificate in rural health and an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in gerontology in conjunction with the colleges of Nursing, Business and Technology, Medicine, Arts and Sciences, and Education.
Environmental Health Program Information
P.O. Box 70682
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: (423) 439-5243
Fax : (423) 439-5230
Accredited by: The National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council
Statement of Purposes, Goals, and Objectives
The need for a healthful environment is common to all peoples and to all communities. The needs for environmental health services are complex because of changes brought about by economic and technological advances. There is an increasing need for technical personnel in the field of environmental health. The many problems brought about by economic and technological advances require a comprehensively trained specialist in environmental health.
The educational objectives of the department are to provide the student with an opportunity to:
- Develop an understanding of
- the chemical, biological, physical, and social factors which affect the health of the community;
- relevant concepts from the social and behavioral sciences; and
- the environmental health systems.
- Become proficient in
- identifying community environmental health needs;
- information collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, and dissemination; and
- environmental monitoring, analysis, and management.
- Acquire skills in the application of the above techniques and knowledge necessary for solution of environmental health problems.
Programs and Minors
At the undergraduate level the department offers the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health degree. The program leading to this degree is the environmental health concentration, which has a public health orientation. In addition, the department offers a minor in environmental health and a minor in safety.
A minor in Emergency/Disaster Response Management is offered jointly with the Department of Community and Behavioral Health and the Department of Environmental Health.
At the graduate level, the department offers the Master of Science in Environmental Health (M.S.E.H.) and the Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences. Admission to the graduate program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Further information on graduate programs is contained in the Graduate Catalog.
Emergency/Disaster Response Management Minor: 18 Credit Hours
The emergency/disaster response management minor has a multidiscipline structure that is designed to allow students to supplement their major degree program with the resident knowledge of reacting to and operating in a rapidly deteriorating environment caused by a major natural or manmade disaster or emergency. For example, students may wish to major in criminal justice and minor in emergency/disaster response management which will enhance their skills and abilities needed when responding to the occurrence of a terrorist attack or the aftermath of an earthquake. Students with the following majors would find this minor to be of particular interest: criminal justice, nursing, geosciences, biology, chemistry, education, public administration, sports management, and engineering technology.
A minor is a secondary area of study outside of the major program of study with a structured curriculum composed of at least 18 semester credit hours of which at least 9 hours must be at the 3000-level or above.
Required Courses: 6 Credit Hours
Guided Electives: 12 Credit Hours