Community Health

What Is It?:

The Community Health Program at the University of Illinois prepares students in the ever changing world of health care and health behavior as practitioners and offers three concentrations at the undergraduate level: Health Education and Promotion, Health Planning and Administration, and Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.

A 5 year BS MPH joint degree program is available for students majoring in Community Health, I-Health, or Kinesiology. Students apply for the program in the latter part of their third year (junior year) of study. Students accepted into the BS MPH joint degree program take 12 credit hours of coursework in their senior year that apply to both BS and MPH degrees. In the 5th year of study, students complete the remaining requirements for the MPH degree, and graduate simultaneously with both BS and MPH degrees. A summary of the requirements for the MPH degree is provided here.The requirements are explained in more detail on the MPH program website.

For more information about this major, please visit the Department of Community Health.

Concentrations:

  • Health Education & Promotion

  • Health Planning & Administration

  • Rehabilitation & Disability Studies 

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • CHLH 100—Contemporary Health
  • CHLH 101—Introduction to Public Health

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Federal, state, & local agencies & health agencies
  • Community Health Centers
  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Industry and Business
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Assisted Living
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Nursing Homes
  • Health Counseling Practices
  • Insurance Companies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Pharmaceutical and hospital supply firms
  • Consumer Advocacy Organizations
  • Commercial Wellness Centers
  • Wellness Programs
  • State Legislative Committees
  • School District Health Related Services
  • Voluntary Health Agencies
  • Rehabilitation Centers

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Weight Management Specialist
  • Personal Stress Manager
  • AIDS Educator
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Community Services & Health Educator Officer
  • University Health Educator
  • Work Site Wellness Coordinator
  • Hospital Health Education Coordinator
  • Field Health Officer
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Environmental Health Specialists
  • Health Information Administrator/Technician
  • Hospital/Managed Care Administrator
  • Alcohol/Drug Manager

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major:
    • Applied Health Sciences Student Council: Educates students of the various academic, social, and professional opportunities available. Promotes enhanced interaction between students, alumni, staff, in addition to organizations within the college of Applied Health Sciences.

Related Skills:

  • Teaching, assessing, planning, and evaluating
  • Organization & record keeping skills
  • Familiar with computers
  • Able to work independently & as a team
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Report writing
  • Individual/Group health counseling skills
  • Knowledge of Community Health Issues

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Community Health, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Community Health.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Community Health.  These organizations include American Public Health Association and World Health Organization.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Community Health, visit Undergraduate Programs.