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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 
In person and online

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.

Introduction to Public Health

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CHLH 101, GenEd (SS), Credit: 3 hours
In person and online

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.

Mental Health

Mental Health
CHLH 200, Credit: 3 hours In person and online

Introduction to the science of mental health and illness, including personality development, the genesis of manifestations and mental illness, and the maintenance of mental health; taught with an emphasis on preventive and medical aspects of mental health.

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 2022 – Term A (08/22/22-10/14/22)
  • Online asynchronous, CRN 68329
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Fall 2022 - Term B (10/17/22 - 12/07/22)
  • Online asynchronous, CRN 57350
  • Instructor: TBD

Drug Use & Abuse

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CHLH 243, Credit: 2 hours

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. Learn more about the open education resources (OER) used in this course:

Introduction to Medical Ethics

Medical Ethics
CHLH 260, GenEd (H), Credit: 3 hours In person and online

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

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CHLH 274, GenEd (QR1), Credit 3 hours
In person and online

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.

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.

Health Data Analysis

Health data
CHLH 421, GenEd (H), Credit: 3 hours, in person

This course introduces health data analysis and uses of health data, collection techniques and classification procedures, commonly used heath indices, techniques of rate adjustment, graphic presentation of data as they relate to the planning, conducting and evaluating of community health programs.

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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