College of Community Health Sciences

The College of Community Health Sciences (CCHS) is committed to the education of students in the health sciences. CCHS is the site of the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus of the University of Alabama School of Medicine and provides clinical training to third and fourth year medical students. The College also operates a three-year family medicine residency program.
 
CCHS welcomes students from disciplines other than medicine. A variety of graduate-level courses are offered, as are research opportunities for students in nursing, health care management, nutrition, psychology, education, social work and other disciplines.

Admission Requirements

The College of Community Health Sciences does not offer a degree, and students taking courses offered by CCHS are enrolled in other Graduate School programs. Admission requirements for these programs are provided by individual programs and the Graduate School. For the more information, visit the Graduate School's website and the Admission Criteria section of this catalog.

See the Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.

Graduate minor in community health sciences

The aim of the graduate minor in community health sciences is to provide the student with an understanding of health and disease as processes influenced by a wide range of factors, from the molecular to the sociocultural. The minor emphasizes the concepts and tools of epidemiology, community and family medicine, and behavioral sciences. To obtain a graduate minor, the student must successfully complete 12 hours in community health sciences (CHS) courses. The following three courses are required:

Hours
Required courses
CHS 520Basic Epidemiology3
CHS 527Health Policy & Planning3
CHS 620Ind Study In Prev Med1-5

In addition, students must take 3 credit hours of their choice from other graduate CHS offerings.
 
It is anticipated that the entering student will have a sufficient background in quantitative methods. If not, the student will be required to take CHS 525 Biostatistics prior to the other required coursework; CHS 525 will complete the student's required 12 credit hours.

The courses listed below are open to qualified graduate students. Medical school and family practice residency curricula are published separately from this catalog.

CHS
500
Hours
3
Rural Envir/Occup Health

The goal of the course is to help the student recognize environmental and occupational health hazards in the rural setting, the effects of exposure to these hazards, and preventive measures that should be taken to avoid them.

CHS
520
Hours
3
Basic Epidemiology

A course for students in health-related fields. The basic epidemiologic approach is developed; principles and methods are learned through readings (text and published studies), lectures, discussions, and the preparation of a research design by each student.

CHS
521
Hours
3
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology

The purpose of this course is to teach the principles and practice of epidemiology as a science discipline. Objectives: 1. Understand the basic principles of epidemiology, 2. Conduct a critical appraisal of epidemiologic studies, 3. Be knowledgeable about the various types of study design, 4. Describe how epidemiology relates to public health and medical practice.

CHS
522
Hours
3
Community Clinical Proc

A combination of scheduled sessions and fieldwork activities. The fieldwork will consist of visiting with an assigned rural advisor, completing a rural community assessment, and assisting with community health screenings and education programs.

CHS
523
Hours
1-6
Indep Stdy Community Med

No description available.

CHS
525
Hours
3
Biostatistics

A course in statistical methods and concepts particularly appropriate for biomedical research and health-related subjects. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, parametric and nonparametric procedures for one-group and two-group problems, contingency tables, and computer applications.

CHS
527
Hours
3
Health Policy & Planning

Designed to assist the student in understanding the planning process and factors that influence and determine policy decisions.

CHS
530
Hours
3
Principles of Stress Management

The purpose of this course is to help Rural Community Health and Agricultural Safety & Health graduate students, learn to identify, understand, and manage the stressors that most affect their lives. Students will be exposed to the latest research findings on the physical, psychological, sociological, and spiritual aspects of stress. In addition, students will be presented with an in-depth array of coping skills, including relaxation techniques, behavior change interventions, and strategies for defusing physiological arousal. Students will be introduced to the tools they need to cope with stress in an increasingly stressful world. Special emphasis will be placed on clinical concerns (e.g., methods for alleviating stress) for rural populations.

CHS
532
Hours
3
Comm Clinical Process II

A continuation of studies from CHS 522 that will include an introduction to basic physical assessment techniques and continuation of a community project.

CHS
534
Hours
3
Interprofessional Health Communication

This interprofessional course focuses on understanding roles, how to work in a team using a common language; presenting information that other team members can understand, contributing to safe and effective systems. Identify basic concepts of effective teamwork among professions with an emphasis on communication and teamwork.

Prerequisite(s): •3.0 undergraduate GPA (minimum) for undergraduate degree or last 60 hours •Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university •Acceptance into the certificate program
CHS
540
Hours
3
Rural Community Interaction I

The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to real life and practical application and topics related to rural medicine, with an emphasis on minority populations. The course is divided into two parts: a shadowing experience with a primary care provider working in a rural or underserved setting, and a seminar series. Additionally the course will include a special service learning project in order to further expose students to practical application of issues and topics in rural or underserved communities.

CHS
541
Hours
3
Rural Community Interaction II

The purpose of this course is a continuation of Rural Community Interaction I and introduces participants to additional real life and practical applications and topics related to rural medicine, with an emphasis on minority populations. The course is composed of two class projects of planning, implementation, and evaluation of a community screening event to be selected by the class. Each student will also complete a final paper (5 double-spaced typed pages) describing their cumulative experiences including lessons learned.

Prerequisite(s): CHS 540
CHS
590
Hours
3
Clinical Correlations Biochem

The purpose is to study biochemical principles in a clinical context and to observe the process of medical information assembly and reasoning in clinical care.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 550
CHS
620
Hours
1-5
Ind Study In Prev Med

Research or directed reading in community medicine topics, including health care delivery, preventive medicine, and health policy aspects of other related topics.

CHS
622
Hours
3
Directed Research in Community Health

An advanced applied-research course designed to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of health problems of community interest.

Prerequisite(s): CHS 520 and CHS 525
CHS
625
Hours
3
Advanced Epidemiology

No description available.

CHS
627
Hours
3
Multivar Meth Hlt Stats

Emphasis is on application and interpretation of statistical software that performs techniques such as multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant analysis, logistic regression, log-linear modeling, and factor analysis.

CHS
637
Hours
3
Adv Multivariate Meth Biostat

Topics will include exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis, structural equation models and other topics of interest to students.

Prerequisite(s): CHS 627
CHS
701
Hours
18
Clinical Clerkship

No description available.

CHS
702
Hours
18
Clinical Clerkship

No description available.

CHS
801
Hours
18
Clinical Clerkship

No description available.

CHS
802
Hours
18
Clinical Clerkship

No description available.

CHS
900
Hours
12
Residency

No description available.