Community Health, B.S.

Make an impact on the health of a community through the power of prevention.

Community health, often referred to as public health, is the applied science of protecting and promoting the health and wellness of individuals, families, and populations using evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs and policies. The field of community health is charged with assessing, understanding, and responding to the behavioral and ecological factors that influence the health of communities.

Community health challenges you to consider the biological, environmental, and social determinants of health. Within the interdisciplinary curriculum, you’ll explore health behaviors and policies through courses in personal health, global health, nutrition, psychology, biology, communication, research methods, and health promotion programming. Majors address contemporary health issues and the factors that influence them, including advocacy and equity.

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The community health major is interdisciplinary by 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. 

You will be 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. You also have the opportunity to choose from electives focusing on society and human behavior.

Courses cover the general biological, historical, economic and sociological contexts of health, as well as specific health issues. Coursework includes classes in global health and ethics, health promotion program and management, medical terminology, first aid emergency care and teaching. You also have the opportunity to choose from electives focusing on society and human behavior.

Carolina Allen

Lenoir-Rhyne is supporting my education in community health by allowing me to be enrolled in various classes with ranging topics, which allows me to grasp better what community health is as a whole.

Carolina Allen '23, Community Health

Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

  • Influence Healthier Communities

    Given the current global health crisis, community health is more important than ever. As a community health professional, you will help maintain the well-being of the population. You will educate your community to stop the spread of viruses like COVID-19, and teach others to prevent diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. You will help to better the quality of life for many.

    Community health professionals also impact government policies and strive to make sure all people have equal access to programs that help them live longer, healthier lives.

  • Graduate School & Career Opportunities

    Community health graduates may continue on in graduate studies, particularly in public health, healthcare, health education and wellness, or allied health.

    Or you can move directly into a professional field in both the public and private sectors as an outreach specialist, program coordinator/manager/assistant, public health educator, community health advocate, violence prevention specialist, worksite wellness specialist, health equity/social justice advocate, health education & communication specialist, wellness program manager, or health administrator. 

  • Outside the Classroom

    You will have many opportunities to integrate classroom theory with practical real world experiences. An extensive practicum is required for graduation which allows students to work with and learn from professionals in the field. Students gain invaluable experience working with community health agencies including (but not limited to) Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, Caldwell County Health Department, Catawba Valley Medical Center, AIDS Leadership Foothills-Area Alliance (ALFA) and LR’s Solmaz Institute.

  • Phi Epsilon Kappa Honorary Society

    As a high achieving student, you may apply to become members of Phi Epsilon Kappa (PEK) Honorary Society and participate in service learning on and off campus.

Dual Enrollment & Tuition Discounts

If you qualify and want to complete a master's degree in public health, you have an excellent opportunity at LR. Through our Bridges to Dreams and Alumni Advantage programs, qualified students may begin graduate work in their senior year, providing the opportunity for faster completion of two degrees. In addition, graduate tuition for LR alumni can be discounted. Refer to each program for additional details.

Major Requirements


All majors must make a minimum of a "C-" in all required major courses, including technical requirements. Majors who fail to make a "C-" in any required course must repeat that course until the satisfactory grade has been completed.


Students majoring in Community Health, Exercise Science, and Sports Management and judged qualified by faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in HESS. To graduate "With Honors in HESS", students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a minimum major GPA of 3.5. The student must complete , , and , with a minimum grade of B in each course. In addition, the student must present a thesis either before the faculty or at an appropriate professional conference.

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