B.S. Health Sciences: Community Health Promotion (extended major)

The focus of this degree is to promote healthy behaviors in the general population through community interventions. This academic plan is offered at NAU–Flagstaff and via the internet. Acceptance into the internet program requires a separate initial admission process; see the Distance Learning in Health Sciences website for further information.


To earn this degree, you must complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:

Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)


Please note that you must complete NAU’s diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.


Be aware that NAU requires that at least 30 units of the courses you take for your degree must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).


Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.

Admission Requirements

If you are seeking a degree in community health, you must make formal application to the program. We accept applications at set times each year; contact the Health Sciences office or visit the Health Sciences website for the program application, which indicates the exact application periods. You must be formally admitted to the community health program to take all courses with an HS prefix except HS 200, 300, and 303.


To make application to the community health program, you must:

(If you don’t meet this requirement, you may take an approved writing course at the 200 level or higher to replace an English foundations course to achieve the 3.0 requirement.)

Please note that to earn this degree you must have an NAU grade point average of at least 2.5 and a GPA of 2.5 in all health sciences coursework, with no grade below a C.


Please visit our website (Health Sciences) to obtain a program application.

Major Requirements

You must take 67 units, which include a core and additional requirements. Please note that you must have a grade of C or better for all of your major courses.

The 27 units of core courses include:

(If you seek an advanced professional degree in physical therapy or a related field or certification as an athletic trainer or strength and conditioning specialist, we recommend taking BIO 334 and 336 instead of HS 303.)

The 40 units of additional requirements are:

General Electives  

Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.  


You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren’t used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)


Click here for more information on Health Sciences undergraduate and graduate courses, School of Health Professions undergraduate and graduate courses, and Health Sciences faculty.