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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 – Summer 2022 and Fall 2022

 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 

This course examines concepts of health and health promotion in contemporary society with emphasis on a healthy lifestyle for individuals and groups.

Introduction to Public Health

Intro to PH

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.

Introduction to Medical Ethics

Medical Ethics
CHLH 260, GenEd (H), Credit: 3 hours

This course explores ethical behavior in a variety of real and practical issues, including analysis of medical ethical cases at the individual, community and wider national and international.

Introduction to Epidemiology

Intro to epi
CHLH 274, GenEd (QR1), 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.

Human Sexuality


Human Sexuality

CHLH 206, Credit: 2 hours

This course 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. 

Drug Misuse

Drug Misuse
CHLH 243, Credit: 2 hours

This course examines key concepts of substance misuse, dependence, and addiction. Topics include where drugs come from, how they get into the brain and can lead to physical and emotional behavioral responses. This course uses free course materials. 

Disability in American Society

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. 

Intro to Kinesiology

Intro to Kines
KIN160. Credit: 3 hours

Students will study introductory concepts associated with each area of Kinesiology, explore those concepts within research and applied contexts, and complete activities in which they experience various dimensions of those concepts.

Stress Management

Stress Management

KIN 108. Credit: 2 hours    

This course explores the concepts of stress from a holistic approach, emphasizing identification of sources of stress, understanding physical and emotional consequences, and developing techniques for dealing with stress. 

  • Fall 2022 - Term B
  • Online asynchronous, CRN: 76760
  • Instructor: Jason Ensign

Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology
KIN 199. Credit: 3 hours    

This is an interactive online course teaching the vocabulary related to anatomical structures, physiological processes, illnesses and diseases of the human body. 

Contemporary Issues in Sport

Contemporary Issues in Sports
KIN 142. Credit: 3 hours    

This course examines current issues in sport relative to competition, economics, race, sex, youth, educational institutions, deviant behavior, religion, psychology, and the media.

Intro to Sport Psychology

Sports Psych

KIN 247. Credit: 3 hours    

This course examines competitive sport and how personality and situational variables affect motivation, anxiety, and aggression in sport. Attention is given to the psychological skills needed by coaches and athletes for successful and enjoyable sports participation.

Sport & Modern Society

modern society
KIN 249. GenED(SS) Credit: 3 hours    

Students will examine the sociological analysis of sport in modern societies with regard to social class, politics, community, education, and collective behavior.

International Health

International health        
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 2022 - Term B
  • In-person CRN: 62031
  • Instructor: Selzer, A.

Contact an Advisor

Undergraduate Advisors

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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