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ABOUT COMMUNITY HEALTH

Community Health, often referred to as public health, is the science of protecting and promoting the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Community Health professionals analyze the effects on health of genetics, personal choice, and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of individuals and the general community. Majors will explore major contemporary health issues and the institutions and policies that work to address these issues.

The Community Health major at Lenoir-Rhyne University is interdisciplinary by its very nature: it covers the general biological, historical, economic, and sociological contexts of health as well as important specific health issues such as nutrition, women's health, aging, disease prevention, and substance abuse. Through a comprehensive curriculum, students are challenged to consider the biological, environmental, social, and cultural determinants of health and to investigate, research, and develop prevention strategies to address community health risks.

Coursework includes classes in Global Health and Ethics, Health Promotion Program and Management, Medical Terminology, First Aid Emergency Care, and Teaching. Students also have the opportunity to choose from electives focusing on society and human behavior.

Students who are qualified and want to continue onward to complete a Masters in Public Health (MPH) have an excellent opportunity at LR. Through our Bridges to Dreams and Alumni Advantage programs, qualified students may begin their graduate work in their senior years, providing the opportunity for faster completion of two degrees. In addition, graduate tuition for LR alumni will be discounted. Please review these programs for more details.

Bridges to Dreams program

ALUMNI ADVANTAGE PROGRAM

LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Community Health majors have many opportunities to integrate classroom theory with practical “real world” experiences. For example, each major complete an extensive practicum through which they gain invaluable experience working with local and regional community health government agencies, non-profit organizations, medical facilities, and educational institutions. Students work with and learn from professionals in the field, learning firsthand about the challenges faced in addressing health concerns and their impact on society.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Community Health graduates may continue on in graduate studies (particularly in public health, healthcare, health education and wellness, or allied health) or move directly into a professional field in both the public and private sectors as practitioners, educators, advocates, researchers, and/or administrators in areas like environmental health, biostatistics and information, epidemiology, or occupational health and safety.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

LR offers a BS Degree in Community Health. Students may also choose to complete a minor in Health.

Community Health Major Requirements

Program Contact

Dr. Supriya Reddy

Assistant Professor of Public Health, Coordinator of the Community Health Program - School of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science
Hickory Campus

Community Health Faculty

Dr. Randall Bergman

Titles: Associate Professor of Public Health
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7788

Lauren Brady

Titles: Instructor of Dietetics, Program Coordinator of Dietetic Internship in Asheville
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.407.4275

Dr. Julie Covington

Titles: Assistant Professor of Dietetics, Director of Dietetic Internship Program
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7453

Dr. Alex Koch

Titles: Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.3467

Dr. Keith Leiting

Titles: Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Science
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7968

Dr. Michael McGee

Titles: Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science, Program Director of Athletic Training
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7127

Kimberly Pennington

Titles: Director of the Solmaz Institute, Instructor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7473
School Fax: 828.328.7435

Dr. Kimberly Price

Titles: Assistant Professor of Public Health
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Dr. Supriya Reddy

Titles: Assistant Professor of Public Health, Coordinator of the Community Health Program - School of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science
Email:

Dr. Misty Sax

Titles: Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7416

Dr. Joe Smith

Titles: Associate Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Science
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7131

Dr. Stephanie Stadden

Titles: Associate Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science, Chair of the School of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science, Athletic Training Assistant
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7162

Tonya Throckmorton

Titles: Visiting Instructor for Health, Exercise, and Sport Science, Program Coordinator of Dietetic Internship
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Ingrid Uhlenhopp

Titles: Visiting Instructor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7789