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Department of Human Performance, Sport, and Health

Community Health

A career in community health will take you to the front lines of promoting wellness and health in your community. As a community health professional you may work in a broad range of fields and settings that are focused on educating individuals, families, groups and communities about healthful living and disease prevention.

Our Program

Your studies in our community health program will provide you with a broad academic foundation, while focusing on professional preparation through multiple experiences that include an observational practicum and an internship where you will have the opportunity to gain real world experience in your field. We'll work with you individually to help you define the direction you want to pursue, and give you the tools to help you be successful.

Career Options

The B.S. in Community Health will prepare you for graduate study, and for entry level positions. You'll have a wide range of occupational opportunities working with individuals, groups, organizations or governments educating in fields as varied as nutrition, the importance of exercise, HIV and STD prevention, substance abuse education, worksite wellness, and how to avoid illness.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment in community and public health education fields is expected to grow by 26%, which is much faster rate than the average for other occupations.


The B.S. in Community Health is also an excellent choice if you are interested in a career in nursing, preparing you to enter accelerated BSN programs designed to train those with B.S. degrees in other fields to be nurses in 12-18 months.

Contact Information

Dr. Jim White
Department of Human Performance, Sport, & Health
Phone: (218) 755-2766
Location: PE 207

Dr. Donna Kay Palivec, Chair
Department of Human Performance, Sport, & Health
Phone: (218) 755-2047
Location: PE 226