Community Health

About the community health major

Community health majors are prepared to work in entry-level positions in public health agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), hospitals, health care centers, and other organizations. They focus on the health and well-being of groups of people and individuals. These professionals often focus on health education and illness prevention.

Skills and abilities this major develops: research, teamwork and leadership, cultural competency, communication skills, ethical decision making, ability to analyze and evaluate, and knowledge of local and global health care systems.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Cultural competency in the promotion of public health
  • Environmental health science
  • High risk health behaviors and harm reduction
  • Principles of epidemiology
  • Theories of health behavior change

Possible careers

  • Disease prevention specialist
  • Health advocate
  • Health coach
  • Program coordinator
  • Worksite wellness educator

Where could I work?

  • Community Health Network
  • Eskenazi Health 
  • Marion County Health Department
  • Indiana Department of Child Services 
  • IU Health

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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