Concentrations

The B.S. in Community Health and Wellness is a multidisciplinary degree program originating in the Health and Physical Education department. The community health education and health promotion industry is currently growing and evolving to support the health needs of ALL individuals and groups. Community health education, wellness and health promotion professionals possess the passion, interest and skills to help individuals and communities voluntarily adopt healthy behaviors and lifestyles. These specialists promote healthy lifestyles and wellness by:

  • Educating individuals and groups about health enhancing behaviors.
  • Assisting others to increase personal choices and skills that reduce health risks and enhance quality of life.
  • Tailoring health education and health promotion programs to meet individual and community needs.
  • Supporting and developing policy that supports community health education and health promotion efforts.
  • Advocating for the health education and health promoting needs of others.

Informing, Educating and Empowering Individuals and Communities to Achieve Healthy Lifestyles that Improve Health Status and Quality of Life.

Course Requirements

Course No. Course Title Credits
BIOL 108Basic Principles of Biology4
BIOL 231Human Anatomy (*)4
BIOL 335Human Physiology (*)4
ENGL 230Writing for Professional Settings4
OR
MKT 301Introduction to Marketing3
HED 102Personal Health3
HED 221Nutrition3
HED 233Social Perspectives of Health3
HED 303Community Health3
HED 406Advanced Issues and Concerns in Community and Public Health3
HED 410Stress Management3
PED 205Conditioning for Personal Fitness3
PSYC 215Social Psychology (**)4
*Students concentrating in recreation and leisure studies do not take BIO 231 and 335.
**Students concentrating in wellness and movement studies or women’s health may take either PSYC 215 or PSYC 110.

Choose concentration A, B, C, D, or E below:

A. Community and Public Health Education

Prepares students to develop the knowledge base and skills necessary for careers in community and public health education settings. This concentration is designed to provide the background needed to plan, implement and evaluate health education and health promotion programs that support the health of the general public (birth to elderly).

Concentration Learning Goals:
  1. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and related experiences to adminster health education and promotion programs in community andpublic health settings including nonprofit and government organizations.
  2. Serve as a resource person, linking individuals and communities to needed health services, advocating for diverse needs of the general public, and support health policy to guide and protect public health practice.

Careers: Graduates may pursure careers in a variety of settings:

Health Departments Governmental Health Organizations
Hospitals YMCAs and YWCAs
Community Health Centers Nonprofit Health Agencies
Corporate Wellness Settings
Course No. Course Title Credits
COMM 208Public Speaking3
HED 101Human Sexuality3
HED 202Principles of Health Education3
HED 300Concepts of Teaching4
HED 307Dynamics and Determinants of Disease3
HED 419Practicum in Community Health3
HED 426Internship in Community Health10
HED 429Seminar in Community Health2
One Course from
GEND 200Gender and Society4
SOC 200Society and Social Behavior4
SOC 202The Family4
One Course from
ANTH 309Medical Anthropology4
NURS 201Introduction to Health Care Systems3
PSYC 424Health Psychology4
SOC 314The Sociology of Health and Illness3
Two Courses from
COMM 351Persuasion3
COMM 358Interpersonal Communication3
ENGL 230Writing for Professional Settings (*)4
GEND 354Teenagers in/and the Media4
GEND 356Class Matters4
GRTL 314Health and Aging4
OR
NURS 314Health and Aging4
HED 335Consumer Health3
HED 431Drug Education3
MKT 301Introduction to Marketing (*)3
MKT 329Global Marketing3
MKT 334Consumer Behavior3
*Students cannot double-count this course if taken as a Core Course option

Total Credit Hours

84-88

B. Health and Aging

Prepares students to develop the knowledge base and skills needed to address health needs and health promotion for persons 65 years and older. Students will advance their understanding of where older Americans stand today regarding health status and influencing factors. Students will be able to plan and implement a variety of community-based health promotion efforts to help the elderly maintain and improve their health, independence and quality of life. Students may go on to complete the minor in Gerentology (Sociology Department.)

Concentration Learning Goals:
  1. Critically evaluate and interpret current research for senior populations, including the impact of chronic disease, financial constraints, and mental health issues; and apply findings to health education and promotion programs.
  2. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and related experiences to implement health education and promotion programs at senior centers, YMCAs, senior residential facilities, etc., while advocating for the needs of an aging population and their caregivers.

Careers: Graduates may pursure careers in a variety of settings:

Senior Centers Governmental Health Organizations serving Senior Populations
Hospitals Area Agencies on Aging
Community Health Centers Assisted Living Facilities
Nursing homes
Course No. Course Title Credits
COMM 208Public Speaking3
HED 101Human Sexuality3
HED 202Principles of Health Education3
HED 300Concepts of Teaching4
HED 307Dynamics and Determinants of Disease3
HED 419Practicum in Community Health3
HED 426Internship in Community Health10
HED 429Seminar in Community Health2
SOC 217Aging and Society4

One Course from

GRTL 314Health and Aging4
NURS 312Death and Dying3
NURS 314Health and Aging4

Two Courses from

ANTH 308Culture, Aging, and the Life Course4
PED 451Recreation for the Elderly3
PSYC 339Psychology of Aging4
SOC 314The Sociology of Health and Illness3

Total Credit Hours

84-88

C. Recreation and Leisure Studies

Prepares students to plan, implement and assess recreation programs and services that support wellness for the general public of all ages and specialized populations. Theoretical approaches to the study of recreation, sport and leisure as well as research methods for this field are studies. Students will master knowledge and skills necessary to develop and lead effective recreational programs aimed to promote well-being through physical activity from birth through elderly.

Concentration Learning Goals:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge, planning, organizing, budgeting and promotion efforts in a variety of sport and recreation settings including YMCAs, YWCAs, after school programs, camp management, youth-at-risk programs and leadership programs in community and corporate settings.
  2. Provide leadership in recreational settings, serve as a resource person, and advocate for the diverse recreation and leisure needs for the general public and specialized populations.

Careers: Graduates may pursure careers in a variety of settings:

YMCAs, YWCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs Adventure Education Programs in Community and Corporate Settings
After School Programs Youth-At-Risk Programs
Camp Management Programs Recreation Programs and Centers
Course No. Course Title Credits
PED 151Introduction to Recreation in Modern Society3
PED 243Foundations of Movement3
PED 251Recreation Delivery Systems3
PED 253Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation3
PED 301Principles of Teaching Activity3
PED 323Teaching In Adventure Education3
PED 351Leadership and Supervision of Recreation3
PED 356Recreation Practicum4
PED 427Internship in Movement Studies and Recreation10
PED 429Seminar in Movement studies and Recreation2
PED 451Recreation for the Elderly3
Two Courses from
ANTH 308Culture, Aging, and the Life Course4
HED 307Dynamics and Determinants of Disease3
PED 252Camping and Recreational Leadership3
PED 278Coaching Skills and Tactics3
PED 412Organization and Administration of Physical Education Programs: Prekindergarten through Grade Twelve3
PSYC 339Psychology of Aging4

Total Credit Hours

78-81

D. Wellness and Movement Studies

Prepares students to plan, implement and assess health promotion preventive and rehabilitative services, including exercise programs, in a variety of settings. Scientific foundations related to human physiology and physical activity, kinesiology, exercise physiology, analyzing motor functioning, and creating specialized programs that improve motor functions across the lifespan are key components of this concentration. This program will also prepare students for admission into dvanced degree programs in exercise science, sports management, physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Concentration Learning Goals:
  1. Promote wellness through education, and implementation of specialized programs that improve motor functions for individuals and communities throughout the lifespan
  2. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and educational strategies to facilitate exercise and movement-based programs in worksites, health agencies, health/fitness centers, college/university and hospital settings while advocating for policies that support these programs.

Careers: Graduates may pursure careers in a variety of settings:

Worksite Health Promotion Programs Colleges and Universities
Hospitals Health Care Facilities and Health Centers
Fitness Centers and Fitness Clubs State and Government Health Organizations
Wellness Centers
Course No. Course Title Credits
PED 140Introduction to Movement Sciences3
PED 201Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries3
PED 206Fundamental Movement and Its Analysis3
PED 243Foundations of Movement3
PED 278Coaching Skills and Tactics3
PED 301Principles of Teaching Activity3
PED 411Kinesiology3
PED 419Practicum in Movement Studies and Assessment3
PED 420Physiology Aspects of Exercise3
PED 427Internship in Movement Studies and Recreation10
PED 429Seminar in Movement studies and Recreation2
Two Courses from
HED 307Dynamics and Determinants of Disease3
PED 151Introduction to Recreation in Modern Society3
PED 247Rhythmic Movement3
PED 308The Science of Coaching3
PED 323Teaching In Adventure Education3
PED 408Coaching Applications3
PED 412Organization and Administration of Physical Education Programs: Prekindergarten through Grade Twelve3
PED 451Recreation for the Elderly3
SOC 217Aging and Society4

Total Credit Hours

84-87

E. Women's Health

This concentration is for students who have an interest in developing a greater knowledge base regarding variables that influence wellness, health promotion programs, illness, health outcomes, and implications for policy development for women. Focus of study includes gender and society, victimology, women and justice, women and helath, and psychology of women. Students may go on to complete the minor in Gender and Women's Studies (Dept.).

Concentration Learning Goals:
  1. Investigate, analyze and apply current findings critical for women's health promotion (e.g. gender imbalance, impact of research findings on physical and mental health of girls and women, role of empowerment, and best practices etc.).
  2. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and related experiences to administer and advocate for health education and promotion efforts in hospitals, health centers, shelters and other programs that service women.

Careers: Graduates may pursure careers in a variety of settings:

Women's Health Centers Family Planning Clinics
Hospitals Health Centers and YWCAs
Nonprofit Health Agencies State and Government Health Organizations
Course No. Course Title Credits
COMM 208Public Speaking3
GEND 200Gender and Society4
HED 101Human Sexuality3
HED 202Principles of Health Education3
HED 300Concepts of Teaching4
HED 307Dynamics and Determinants of Disease3
HED 419Practicum in Community Health3
HED 426Internship in Community Health10
HED 429Seminar in Community Health2
SOC 342Women, Crime, and Justice4
SOC 345Victimology4
One Course from
COMM 332Gender and Communication3
GEND 354Teenagers in/and the Media4
GEND 357Gender and Sexuality4
GEND 458Gender and Education4
PSYC 356Psychology of Women4
PED 323Teaching In Adventure Education3
SOC 202The Family4

Total Credit Hours

86-88

Page last updated: August 13, 2013