The mission of the Department of Health Sciences and Physical Education's health programs is to develop students’ capacity to attain career success in the health professions and to act as leaders in a dynamic, multicultural world through educational experiences and a learning environment that is reflective, collaborative, and transformative.

The B.S. in Community Health prepares students for careers in community health education and programming, public health policy, health-related research, or healthcare administration in a variety of government, non-profit, healthcare-service, and industry settings.

Our graduates use their knowledge and skills to focus on how best to reach vulnerable community members and to better allocate resources to underserved populations. They may initiate wellness programs, write policies, implement educational activities or create resources to promote healthy living.

For more information about the program, download the Student Handbook.

Program Benefits

A Northeastern Illinois University B.S. in Community Health prepares students to:

  • understand and act upon the social determinants that impact human health and behavior

  • plan, implement and manage evidence-based health programs in diverse settings

  • conduct evaluation and research related to population health and health programming

  • serve as a health resource person for diverse populations

Our program includes a field experience in a health-related setting that affords students the opportunity to apply and refine skills developed in the classroom and to build a professional network before they graduate.

Employers know our graduates demonstrate the skills and dispositions of competent, ethical, compassionate health professionals who seek to make significant differences in the well-being of others.

Career Options

Graduates from the B.S. in Community Health program work in a wide variety of settings. Examples of job titles might include, but are not limited to:

  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Health Educator
  • Public Health Researcher
  • Community Health Worker 

The degree is also a launching pad for a graduate education in a number of health-related fields.

Also, please watch this video, sponsored by the Society of Public Health Education, about what public health educators can do in our world.

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook


Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Bachelor of Science in Community Health and the courses offered toward the degree.

Community Health, B.S.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Health Sciences and Physical Education (HSPE) at (773) 442-5560.

HSPE Department Homepage

About Northeastern

Northeastern Illinois University is home to students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

We offer an education with value.

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