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The Associate of Science (AS) in Public and Community Health degree program will enable students to focus studies on health-related issues and interests. The program’s interdisciplinary emphasis will address a variety of health topics and perspectives, and will allow students to begin to develop an understanding of personal, public, and community health issues. The program will provide the lower division coursework to form the basis for a four-year degree in public health, community health, health education, and related degree areas. For assistance in program planning, or to explore additional transfer options, students should schedule a time to meet with an academic advisor. This degree may transfer in part or in its entirety to baccalaureate institutions. Students should meet with a representative of the transfer institution when planning their program.


Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics or reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.

  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1. Demonstrate the ability to gather and interpret evidence-based health and wellness information.
    2. Understand and apply behavioral strategies to promote positive lifestyle choices.
    3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physiological principles essential to health and wellness.
    4. Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication related to topics in health.
    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
    • Satisfy residency requirements.
    • To complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.


    NOTE:  You are encouraged to contact an academic adviser at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation.

  • 27 credits

    HPER 1102 Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco 3
    HPER 1103 First Aid and CPR 3
    HPER 1108 Consumer Health 3
    HPER 1110 Personal and Community Health 3
    HPER 1112 Nutrition 3
    HPER 1120 Wellness for Life 4
    BIOL 2113*- Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
    BIOL 2114* Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
    - prerequisite not required beginning Spring 2024

    Select a minimum of three credits from the following:
    HPER 1109* Introduction to Public Health 3
    HPER 1115/PSYC 1115 Stress Management 3
    *Must take to transfer to SCSU.
  • 30 credits

    Complete at least 30 credits in the courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including all courses listed. You must complete at least one course in six of the ten goal areas. One course may satisfy more than one goal area, but the course credits may be counted only once.

    1.     Communication
             ENGL 1120* OR ENGL 1121* 4
             CMST 1110 OR CMST 2215 OR CMST 2220 3
    2.     Critical Thinking
             SOC 1111 3
    3.     Natural Science
             BIOL 1106 4
             CHEM 1020* 4
    4.     Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
             MATH 1200* 3
    5.     History/Social/Behavioral Sciences
             PSYC 1110 4
    Choose 2 courses from the following goal areas  5
    6.     Humanities/Fine Art
    7.     Human Diversity
    8.     Global Perspective
    9.     Ethical/Civic Responsibility
    10.     People and the Environment
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • The sequence that follows is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this program.


    Fall Semester   Spring Semester
    CHEM 1020 4   BIOL 1106 4
    ENGL 1120 OR 1121 4   SOC 1111 3
    PSYC 1110 4   MATH 1200 3
    HPER 1120 4   HPER 1108 3
          HPER 1110 3
    TOTAL 16   TOTAL 16


    Fall Semester   Spring Semester
    BIOL 2113 4   BIOL 2114 3
    GENERAL EDUCATION 3   CMST 1110, 2215 OR 2220 3
    HPER 1102 3   HPER 1109 or HPER/PSYC 1115 3
    HPER 1112 3      
    TOTAL 16   TOTAL 12
  • *Some occupations may require advanced education

    • AIDS Educator
    • Community Services & Health Educator Officer
    • Corporate Trainer
    • Commercial Wellness Center
    • Environmental Health Specialist
    • Field Health Officer
    • Health Information Administrator/Technician
    • Hospital Administrator
    • Hospital Health Officer
    • Industrial Hygienist
    • Managed Care Administrator
    • Personal Stress Manager
    • School District Health-Related Services
    • University Health Educator
    • Weight Management Specialist
    • Work Site Wellness Coordinator

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