Community Health: Health Education & Promotion, BS

for the Bachelor of Science Major in Community Health, Health Education & Promotion Concentration

department website:

department faculty:  Kinesiology & Community Health Faculty

college catalog page: Applied Health Sciences

college website:

Programs in Kinesiology and Community Health

Undergraduate Programs:

major: Community Health, BS

concentration: Community Health: Health Education & Promotion, BS

concentration: Community Health: Health Planning & Administration, BS

concentration: Community Health: Rehabilitation Studies, BS

major: Kinesiology, BS

concentration: Kinesiology: Teacher Certification, BS

major: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, BS

         concentration: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences: Health & Aging, BS

         concentration: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences: Health Behavior Change, BS

         concentration: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences: Health Diversity, BS

minor: Kinesiology

minor: Disability Studies

minor: Interdisciplinary Aging

minor: Health Administration

minor: Public Health

joint degree: Community Health, BS and Public Health, MPH

joint degree: Community Health, BS and Epidemiology, MPH

joint degree: Kinesiology, BS and Public Health, MPH

joint degree: Kinesiology, BS and Epidemiology, MPH

joint degree: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, BS and Public Health, MPH

joint degree: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, BS and Epidemiology, MPH

Graduate Programs:

degree: Kinesiology, MS

degree: Kinesiology, PhD

degree: Community Health, MS

degree: Community Health, PhD

degree: Rehabilitation, MS

degree: Public Health, MPH

degree: Epidemiology, MPH

degree: Health Administration, MHA

degree: Health Technology, MS

joint degree: Community Health, BS and Public Health, MPH

joint degree: Community Health, BS and Epidemiology, MPH

joint degree: Kinesiology, BS and Public Health, MPH

joint degree: Kinesiology, BS and Epidemiology, MPH

joint degree: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, BS and Public Health, MPH

joint degree: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, BS and Epidemiology, MPH

The Community Health Program at the University of Illinois prepares students in the ever changing world of health care and health behavior as practitioners and offers three concentrations at the undergraduate level: Health Education & Promotion, Health Planning & Administration, and Rehabilitation Studies. All curricula are built on a foundation of general education courses which emphasize communication skills and critical thinking. The Professional Core courses are designed to help students develop skills in planning, implementation, and evaluation in the context of health services and programs. Students must complete an internship during their senior year in a setting related to the degree and their interests. Recent internship sites have included the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, hospitals, nursing homes, fitness centers, work site health education programs, and substance abuse prevention centers.

Further information is available from the Academic Affairs Office, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1206 S. Fourth Street, 2021 Khan Annex, Huff Hall, Champaign, IL 61820, (217) 333-2307.

A 5 year BS MPH joint degree program is available for students majoring in Community Health, I-Health, or Kinesiology. Students apply for the program in the latter part of their third year (junior year) of study. Students accepted into the BS MPH joint degree program take 12 credit hours of coursework in their senior year that apply to both BS and MPH degrees. In the 5th year of study, students complete the remaining requirements for the MPH degree, and graduate simultaneously with both BS and MPH degrees. Additional information regarding the joint degree program can be found here

for the Bachelor of Science Major in Community Health, Health Education & Promotion Concentration

Supporting Electives

The Community Health Program requires certain courses from the approved lists be taken as noted below. The prescribed courses prepare the student for upper division study and may be used to satisfy General Education Requirements provided they are on the appropriate General Education List.

A total of 128 hours is required for a degree in Community Health with all the above requirements met.  There will be range of electives a student will be able to take depending on the general education number of hours.

General Education 

Communication Arts
Composition I and an approved speech performance course; or CMN 111 and CMN 112 6-7
Advanced Composition (CHLH 304 fulfills requirement) 3-4
Quantitative Reasoning I & II
From approved campus list (must include a course in statistics from approved campus list) (CHLH 244 and CHLH 421 fulfills requirement)6
Humanities and the Arts
From approved campus list (CHLH 260 fulfills 3 hours of requirement)9
Social and Behavioral Sciences
From approved campus list 9
Natural Sciences and Technology
From approved campus list 9
Cultural Studies 1
One course from Non-Western Cultures approved campus list.3
One course from U.S. Minority Cultures approved campus list3
One course from Western Cultures approved campus list 3
Foreign Language: Completion through the third level of the same language in high school or college
Total Hours51-53
Community Health Program Core Requirements
CHLH 100Contemporary Health3
CHLH 125Orientation KIN & Comm Health1
CHLH 201Public Health Research Methods3
CHLH 210Community Health Organizations2
CHLH 250Health Care Systems3
CHLH 274Introduction to Epidemiology3
CHLH 304Foundations of Health Behavior4
CHLH 410Public Health Practice4
CHLH 421Health Data Analysis3
Kinesiology and Community Health Department Core Requirements
CHLH 101Introduction to Public Health3
KIN 122Physical Activity and Health3
Correlate Areas (see Correlates List Tab)18
Each student completes correlates that are planned with the assigned advisor. These courses are designed to enhance and support career goals.
Concentration Requirements18
Total Hours128

Courses in cultural studies may be completed through other categories where appropriate.

Concentration Requirements

FSHN 120Contemporary Nutrition3
CHLH 200Mental Health Issues2
CHLH 206Human Sexuality2
CHLH 243Drug Use and Abuse2
CHLH 380Orientation to Internship1
CHLH 485Community Health Internship8

Community Health Supporting Electives

Guidelines for Choosing Supporting Electives:

  • 18 credit hours (about 6 separate classes) are required in Supporting Electives for the major;

  • 9 credit hours or more of Supporting Electives should be completed within the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health: CHLH, IHTL, KIN, or REHB courses;

  • If you are taking a course as part of your primary concentration, it will not also count as a Supporting Elective;

  • Your academic advisor will work with you to help determine what coursework is appropriate to count as your Supporting Electives and/or you may select from this approved list of courses.

CHLH Courses

CHLH 126Campus Acquaintance Rape Education3
CHLH 199Undergraduate Open Seminar1 to 5
CHLH 200Mental Health Issues3
CHLH 203Introduction to Health Technology3
CHLH 206Human Sexuality2
CHLH 243Drug Use and Abuse2
CHLH 244Health Statistics3
CHLH 260Introduction to Medical Ethics3
CHLH 314Introduction to Aging3
CHLH 330Disability in American Society3
CHLH 365Civic Engagement in Wellness3
CHLH 393Special Projects2 or 3
CHLH 404Gerontology3 or 4
CHLH 407Disability, Culture & Society3 or 4
CHLH 409Women's Health3
CHLH 415International Health3 or 4
CHLH 429Research Techniques4
CHLH 441Health Behavior and Technology3 or 4
CHLH 448Exercise & Health Psychology3 or 4
CHLH 455Health Services Financing3
CHLH 456Organization of Health Care2 to 4
CHLH 457Health Planning3
CHLH 458Health Administration3
CHLH 469Environmental Health3 or 4
CHLH 470Technology, Health, and Aging3 or 4
CHLH 494Special Topics1 to 4

IHLT Courses

IHLT 230Leadership in Health3
IHLT 232Health Disparities in the U.S.3
IHLT 240Aging and Health Policy3
IHLT 375Interdis Collab in Health Serv4

KIN Courses

KIN 247Intro to Sport Psychology3
KIN 249Sport & Modern Society3
KIN 365Civic Engagement in Wellness3
KIN 386Exercise Instruction & Elderly3
KIN 387Exper in the Agency Setting3
KIN 442Body, Culture & Society3 or 4
KIN 444Physical Activity and Chronic Diseases3 or 4
KIN 448Exercise & Health Psychology3 or 4
KIN 459Physical Activity & Aging3 or 4
KIN 494Special Topics1 to 4

REHB Courses

REHB 330Disability in American Society3
REHB 401Introduction to Rehabilitation4
REHB 402Medical Aspects of Disability4
REHB 435Work and Disability2

Other College of AHS Courses:

RST Courses

RST 200Leadership in Recreation, Sport and Tourism2
RST 216Technology in Recreation, Sport and Tourism3
RST 230Diversity in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism3
RST 255Ethical Issues in Recreation, Sport and Tourism2
RST 260Disability in Recreation, Sport and Tourism3
RST 316Human Development and Recreation, Sport and Tourism3
RST 335Leisure and Consumer Culture3
RST 430Sport & Development3
RST 441Community Planning and Engagement3 or 4

SHS Courses

SHS 120Child, Comm, & Lang Ability3
SHS 121American Sign Language I4
SHS 170Intro Hum Comm Sys & Disorders3
SHS 222Language & Culture of Deaf Communities3
SHS 270Comm Disability in the Media4
SHS 271Communication and Aging3
SHS 280Communication Neuroscience3
SHS 320Development of Spoken Language3
SHS 333Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across Communication Contexts3
SHS 352Hearing Health and Society3
SHS 375Comm Partners & Health3
SHS 380Comm Competence and Disorders3
SHS 389Neuroplasticity and Communication3
SHS 473Augmentative & Alt Comm2 to 4

Other courses across campus by areas of interest:

Pre-Health: M.D., O.D., O.T., P.T., P.A., Dentistry, Optometry, Chiropractor

CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3 or 4
CHEM 233Elementary Organic Chem Lab I2
CHEM 332Elementary Organic Chem II4
CLCV 102Medical Terms-GRK & LAT Roots3
IB 104Animal Biology4
MCB 100Introductory Microbiology3
MCB 244Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
MCB 245Human Anat & Physiol Lab I2
MCB 246Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
MCB 247Human Anat & Physiol Lab II2
MCB 300Microbiology3
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry3
PHYS 101College Physics: Mech & Heat5
PHYS 102College Physics: E&M & Modern5

Communications, Promotions, Public Relations & Leadership

ADV 150Introduction to Advertising3
ADV 410Public Relations Strategies3
AGED 220Prog Del in Ag & Leadership Ed3
AGED 430Youth Development Programs3 or 4
BTW 250Principles Bus Comm3
CMN 211Business and Professional Communication3
CMN 212Intro to Organizational Comm3
CMN 220Communicating Public Policy3
CMN 230Intro to Interpersonal Comm3
CMN 232Intro to Intercultural Comm3
CMN 260Intro to Health Communication3
CMN 336Family Communication3
CMN 368Sexual Communication3
CMN 377Propaganda and Modern Society3
CMN 424Campaigning to Win3 or 4
CMN 435Adv Interpersonal Comm3 or 4
CMN 462Interpersonal Health Comm3 or 4
CMN 463Organizational Health Comm3 or 4
CMN 464Health Communication Campaigns3 or 4
CMN 465Social Marketing3 or 4
EDPR 250School & Community Experiences0 to 4
ENG 315Learning in Community3
LEAD 380Leadership in Groups and Teams3
PS 220Intro to Public Policy3
TE 333Creativity, Innovation, Vision4

Heath Administration, Law & Human Resources

ACCY 200Fundamentals of Accounting3
ACCY 201Accounting and Accountancy I3
ACCY 202Accounting and Accountancy II3
ACE 210Environmental Economics3
ACE 240Personal Financial Planning3
ACE 255Economics of Food and Environmental Justice3
BADM 300The Legal Environment of Bus3
BADM 310Mgmt and Organizational Beh3
BADM 320Principles of Marketing3
ECON 302Inter Microeconomic Theory3
FIN 221Corporate Finance3
FIN 232Intro to Wealth Management3
LAW 301Introduction to Law0 to 3
LAW 303Living the Law3
ANTH 246Forensic Science4
EDUC 202Social Justice, School and Society3
GLBL 260Global Human Rights3
LLS 468Latinas/os & the Law3 or 4
SOC 275Criminology3
SOC 378Sociology of Law3
SOC 479Law and Society3 or 4

Social and Behavioral Factors

ACE 255Economics of Food and Environmental Justice3
AFRO 221History of the Prison3
AFRO 250Introduction to Health and Wellness in the Black Community3
AFRO 343Criminalization and Punishment3
ANSC 207The Science of Pets and How to Care for Them3
ANSC 250Companion Animals in Society3
ANTH 104Talking Culture3
ANTH 143Biology of Human Behavior3
ANTH 160Race and Contemporary Social Issues3
ANTH 210Families in Global Perspective3
ANTH 249Evolution and Human Disease3
ANTH 262Women's Lives3
ANTH 343Behavior and Biology of Women3
ANTH 432Genes and Behavior3
CI 260Serving Children in Schools and the Community3
CPSC 180Medicinal Plants and Herbology3
EPS 201Foundations of Education3
EPS 310Race and Cultural Diversity4
EDPR 250School & Community Experiences0 to 4
EPSY 202Exploring Cultural Diversity3
EPSY 220Career Theory and Practice3
EPSY 236Child Development in Education3
EPSY 402Sociocultural Influence on Learning2 to 4
FSHN 220Principles of Nutrition4
FSHN 274NonMajors Food Microbiology1
GLBL 240Global Health3
GLBL 340Global Health: Policy & Governance3
GLBL 440Global Health: Interventions & Evaluations3
GWS 454Social Work with Women3 or 4
HDFS 120Intro to Family Studies3
HDFS 208Child Fam with Special Needs3
HDFS 220Families in Global Perspective3
HDFS 225Close Relationships3
HDFS 301Infancy & Early Childhood4
HDFS 408Hospitalized Children3 or 4
HORT 430Children and Nature2
IB 105Environmental Biology3
IB 230Pandemics2
IB 361Ecology and Human Health3
LLS 201US Racial & Ethnic Politics3
LLS 230Latina/o Genders & Sexualities3
LLS 235Race and the Politics of Reproduction3
LLS 278Mapping Latina/o Inequalities3
LLS 310Race and Cultural Diversity4
LLS 368Latinas/os & Public Policy3
LLS 377Prisons, Race, and Terror3
LLS 387Race, Gender and the Body3
LLS 465Race, Sex, and Deviance3 or 4
LLS 468Latinas/os & the Law3 or 4
LLS 473Immigration, Health & Society3 or 4
LLS 479Race, Medicine, and Society3 or 4
NRES 287Environment and Society3
PSYC 201Intro to Social Psych3
PSYC 216Child Psych3
PSYC 238Psychopathology and Problems in Living3
PSYC 239Community Psych3
PSYC 340Community Projects4
PSYC 361The Psychology of Aging3
PSYC 451Neurobio of Aging0 to 4
PSYC 455Organizational Psych2 to 4
PSYC 465Personality and Soc Dev3 or 4
SOC 162Intro to Intl Health Policy3
SOC 179Social Organization3
SOC 196Issues in Sociology3
SOC 202Sexualities3
SOC 270Global Demography3
SOC 273Social Perspectives on the Family3
SOC 274Health, Illness and Society3
SOC 275Criminology3
SOC 373Social Inequality3
SOC 473Immigration, Health & Society3 or 4
SOC 478Geography of Health Care3 or 4
SOCW 200Introduction to Social Work3
SOCW 300Diversity: Identities & Issues3
SOCW 315Social Work Services for Older Adults3
SOCW 321Social Entre & Social Change3
SOCW 420Subst Use in Social Context3
SOCW 473Immigration, Health & Society3 or 4
SPED 117The Culture of Disability3
SPED 322Introduction to Intellectual Disability3
SPED 432Multiple Disabilities3
SPED 438Collaborating with Families3 or 4
UP 260Social Inequality and Planning3

Health Data and Technology

ACE 161Microcomputer Applications3
BTW 220Desktop Publishing and Design2
CS 102Little Bits to Big Ideas4
CS 105Intro Computing: Non-Tech3
CS 107Data Science Discovery4
INFO 202Social Aspects Info Tech3

This sample sequence is intended to be used only as a guide for degree completion. All students should work individually with their academic advisors to decide the actual course selection and sequence that works best for them based on their academic preparation and goals. Enrichment programming such as study abroad, minors, internships, and so on may impact the structure of this four-year plan. Course availability is not guaranteed during the semester indicated in the sample sequence.

Students must fulfill their Language Other Than English requirement by successfully completing a third level of a language other than English. This may require up to three semesters of language depending on high school coursework or placement. See the corresponding section on the Degree General and Education Requirements page:

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHLH 1003CHLH 1013
CHLH 1251KIN 1223
Composition I or public speaking requirement4-3FSHN 1203
Language Other Than English (3rd level)4Public speaking requirement or Composition I3-4
General Education course3Elective3
 16 16
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHLH 2013CHLH 2503
CHLH 2102CHLH 2743
General Education QR1 Statistics: CHLH 244 or STAT 100 recommended3General Education course3
General Education course3General Education course3
Elective3General Education course3
 16 16
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHLH 3044CHLH 4104
CHLH 2003CHLH 2062
Correlate/supporting elective3Correlate/supporting elective3
Correlate/supporting elective3Correlate/supporting elective3
General Education course/elective3General Education course/elective3
 16 16
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHLH 3801CHLH 4858
CHLH 4213Elective3
CHLH 2432Elective3
Correlate/supporting elective3Elective2
Correlate/supporting elective3 
General Education course/elective3 
 16 16
Total Hours 128