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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, undergraduate 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.



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.


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.


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. Kimberly Price

Associate Professor of Public Health
Asheville Campus