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Community Health

Examine public health issues. Create innovative solutions. Build stronger communities. Learn about health and rehabilitation services, and become an agent of change.


The health care industry is growing and changing. Health professionals must develop innovative theories, policies, and technologies to address emerging behavioral and environmental health concerns.

The Community Health program prepares students for professional and research careers in the rapidly changing world of health and rehabilitative services, with special emphasis on the community context in which health care is delivered. 

What Will I do?

A degree in community health will prepare you for leadership positions in a variety of healthcare and health-related professions.

Our graduates are currently working in the following fields:

  • Healthcare consulting

  • Public policy analysis

  • Medicine

  • Hospital administration

  • Public health

  • Epidemiology

  • Rehabilitation counseling

  • Occupational and physical therapy

Community Health Course Highlights - Fall 2021 2ND EIGHT WEEK AND WINTER SESSION

You can see descriptions of some of the classes we offer, below. For a complete listing, go to the academic catalog here.

Contemporary Health


CHLH 100, GenEd (SS), Credit: 3 hours

Examines concepts of health and health promotion in contemporary society with emphasis on a healthy lifestyle for individuals and groups. Topics include self care, health insurance, exercise, nutrition and weight control, sexuality, contraception, tobacco, alcohol, cardiovascular health, infectious diseases, and cancer.


  • Fall 2021 - Term B (10/18/21-12/08/21)
  • Online asynchronous, CRN 59389
  • Winter Session (12/20/21 - 1/14/22)
  • Online asynchronous, CRN 10028

Introduction to Public Health

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CHLH 101, GenEd (SS), Credit: 3 hours

This course examines basic concepts and core functions of public health practice, the scope of applications, and the variety of service organizations (both public and private) that shape public health.

Fall 2021 - Term B (10/18/21-12/08/21)
Online asynchronous, CRN 64041

Winter Session (12/20/21 – 1/14/22)
Online asynchronous, CRN 10022

Instructor: Markisha Woodson

Human Sexuality

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CHLH 206, Credit: 2 hours

Examines diverse physiological and behavioral aspects of human sexuality. Topics include: sexual anatomy and development; gender and sexual expression; birth control; conception, pregnancy and childbirth; sexually transmitted infections; sexual assault and exploitation.

Fall 2021 - Term B (10/18/21-12/08/21)
Online asynchronous, Term B, CRN 57350
Instructor: Anna Rinaldi-Miles

Drug Use & Abuse

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CHLH 243, Credit: 2 hours

Introduction to the biological, psychological, pharmacological, and legal aspects of drug use and abuse; surveys community and university resources concerned with drug use and abuse; emphasizes personal and social actions for responsible drug use.

Fall 2021 - Term B (10/18/21-12/08/21)
Online asynchronous, Term B, CRN 57351
Instructor: Christy Bazan

Introduction to Epidemiology

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CHLH 274 Credit: 3 hours

This course examines basic concepts and methods of epidemiology, patterns of disease occurrence, applications of epidemiology to health education, health services administration and planning, health policy, and environmental health

Fall 2021 - Term B (10/18/21-12/08/21)
Online asynchronous, Term B, CRN 68385
Instructor: Sarah Pearson

Disability in American Society

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CHLH 330/REHB 330, GenEd (SS), Credit: 3 hours

This course presents a range of issues pertaining to disability including demographics, disability rights, services, policies and current issues. Applies a disability studies perspective in which problems associated with individuals' impairments are seen to result from socially imposed barriers.
Fall 2021 Term B (10/18/21-12/08/21)

Online asynchronous, CRN 73248
Instructor: Yih-Kuen Jan
Winter Session (12/20/21 – 1/14/22)
Online asynchronous, CRN 10086
Instructor: Laura Rice

International Health

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CHLH 415, Credit: 3 hours

This course is global in coverage and introduces students to the main concepts of the global health field and the multi-directional links between health, social, and economic factors.

Fall 2021 - Term B (10/18/21-12/08/21)
In-person, CRN 62031
Instructor: Andiara Schwingel

Contact an Advisor

Undergraduate Advisors

  • Hollie Heintz (students whose last names begin with A-K)
  • Academic Advisor
  • 217-333-2307
  • Nancy D. Cardenas Gonzalez (students whose last names begin with L-Z)
  • Academic Advisor
  • 217-333-2307

Graduate Advisors

  • Julie Jenkins
  • Administrative Aide
  • 906 S. Goodwin Ave
  • 112 Freer Hall
  • Urbana, IL. 61801
  • Phone: (217) 333-1083

Awards and Scholarships

As of February 1st, 2021, applications are no longer being accepted for undergraduate and graduate awards and scholarships. Information about the awards can be found here.

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