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Behavioral Science: Community Health

Bachelor of Science
  • 120 Credits
  • School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Bronx
  • Manhattan
  • Online
  • Westchester
School of Social and Behavioral Science

Behavioral Science: Community Health Overview

The Behavioral Science Major with Specialization in Community Health is designed for people who are interested in improving the health and well being of people in the community.

The specialization focuses your major and gives you knowledge and experiences that are directed toward an eventual goal of being a community health educator. 

The Behavioral Science major is a great choice of major for transfer students, as it is possible that classes you may have already taken will count towards either required or elective courses. Additionally, the program offers many opportunities for career development through credit-earning internships at a variety of NYC area worksites.

A community Health Educator at work.

Career Opportunities

This program is appropriate for anyone who is interested in improving the health of individuals in the community.

Career opportunities include:

  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Health Educator
  • Health Program Coordinator
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The Mercy Advantage


Flexible scheduling to fit around your busy life


Study your specific interests


Professors with real-world experience in their fields


Internship opportunities 

Frequently Asked Questions

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.

Within the Behavioral Science, opportunities to help you decide what you want to do after college abound. A wide variety of courses such as Career and Life Planning Credit, and internships can help you decide. All courses in the Behavioral Sciences are taught by professors who have much experience in a variety of workplaces, schools, corporations, health centers, which they are ready to share with you.

You’ll be prepared for employment in education, human services, business, government and law enforcement. A Behavioral Science major helps to prepare a person for any occupation involving people.

The specialization in Community Health provides courses within the Behavioral Sciences that have to do with health, wellness and health promotion.


No, the specialization courses are within the 36 credits of the major.


The Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses.

Yes. The major has 4 required courses and 8 electives which means that courses that you have taken already may be evaluated and may be credited toward your major. Such courses may also be counted as electives.

Program Details & Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

Major Concentration
Behavioral Science: 36 Credits
Open Electives: 24 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog. 


By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Construct a coherent explanation of major theoretical paradigms and major concepts in psychology and sociology 
  • Identify, and compare quantitative and qualitative methods, research designs, and basic statistical tools during social research
  • Explain how the study of social class, ethnicity, gender, age, race, and religion can facilitate cultural competencies focusing on how the individual develops in family, school, work, and community
  • Apply psychological and sociological principles, theories, and research to personal, cultural, and organizational situations

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