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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.


We understand that community and public health benefit most when decision makers are in touch with the people they are serving. This is why we encourage and create opportunities for our students to engage with their communities while they are in school.

Community Health Internship

In Community Health we want our students not only to learn about improving the health of their communities, but also to experience what it is like to impact their communities. We know that in the community and public health professions the most impactful work happens when we leave our offices and stand face to face with the people we serve. The Community Health Internship is an 8-credit hour course required for all Community Health seniors. Students will spend 320 hours or more working with organizations like Avicenna Free Clinic, Carle Foundation Hospital, and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department.

For more information about the internship do not hesitate to contact one of the Community Health advisors.

Illini Service Dogs

The roots of the Illini Service Dogs registered student organization run deep in Community Health. The organization was founded in 2010 by Bridget Evans, who completed bachelor's and master's degrees in Community Health. Illini Service Dogs is a charitable RSO that exists to provide service dogs, at no cost, to individuals who have a physical disability. Student members work one-on-one with the service dogs-in-training in partnership with experienced training staff to ensure that dogs acquire the optimal skill set needed by individuals who receive them.