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One of the overall goals of the community health field is to be proactive, creating a sense of overall well-being within communities by providing programs that focus on illness and injury prevention.
Two of every three deaths and one in three hospitalizations in the United States are linked to preventable risk factors like tobacco use, accidents, high blood pressure, obesity and alcohol abuse, making preparation in the field of community health highly desirable in today's job market (Healthy People 2010, 2000).
The Department of Community Health offers the following degrees:
The B.S. in Community Health prepares graduates to pursue careers in substance abuse prevention, nutrition education, sex education, safety and injury prevention, disease prevention, therapeutic recreation, and environmental health advocacy, local or state public health departments, hospital outreach and education programs, community-based programs and agencies, social service programs and agencies, national health organizations, and corporate wellness programs.
The Community Health Minor is designed for students who wish to add specific health knowledge and skills to another major.
The Fitness Minor will provide students with an understanding of the role of behaviors (including diet and physical activity) in human health, as well as an in-depth examination of fitness.
The Nutrition Minor provides students with an in-depth examination of nutrition as a community health concern.
The Sexual Health Minor enables students to examine a range of sexual health issues in the context of community health.
The Therapeutic Recreation Minor prepares students to help special populations use their leisure time in engaging, healthy and meaningful ways.
The Wilderness Education Minor prepares students to become leaders in wilderness settings. If winter camping, rock and ice climbing interest you or are already your passion, this is the program for you.