Department Head: Dr. Tyler Smith
National University’s Department of Community Health offers degree programs that prepare professionals to contribute to the nation’s health. Courses involve both theory and practice. Each of the programs requires students to complete a supervised internship in a community health agency, and to complete a capstone project integrating all that has been learned.
Community health undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in two areas: public health and healthcare administration. Oriented toward prevention, public health involves organized community efforts to protect, maintain, and promote community well being. Public health professionals work for a variety of public and private agencies at local, state, national, and international levels. The Healthcare Administration program prepares professional to assume managerial roles in the many and diverse agencies meeting the health needs of the community.
Both the undergraduate and graduate public health programs have concentrations in health promotion. Health promotion uses educational, policy, and advocacy strategies to address the major causes of death: tobacco, over nutrition, sedentary living, alcohol, and injuries.
With the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, program graduates assume entry-level healthcare administration roles, while the Master of Healthcare Administration prepares mid-level and senior managers to assume increasingly responsible positions in health services organizations.
Use the links on the left to learn more about the courses and degrees in the Department of Community Health.