Community Health

B.A. MajorMinor

Community health is a dynamic, far-reaching and growing field. A degree in community health prepares you to develop and advocate for effective health programs, where you can implement policies that enhance the health of individuals, groups and communities.

While earning your degree in community health at Concordia, you will participate in collaborative projects with local organizations. Practicum and internship experiences help you further your knowledge and skills in real-world settings. Opportunities for local, national and international service learning and global-multicultural experiences also await.

Graduate Cap

100%
of students have been accepted to graduate schools.

I love being able to learn about health issues in the world and understanding that with this knowledge I’ll be able to make a difference in the world after I graduate.
Kendra Dinkel

Experience Concordia's HHP Department

Community Health Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Community Health Educator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Assistant Director of Blood Bank

Graduate Schools

  • Creighton University
  • University Of Nebraska Medical School
  • Regis University
  • College of St. Mary
  • Concordia University
  • Midwestern University
  • Clarkson College
  • Rockhurst University

Employed in full-time field-related area 6 months post graduation

Go on to grad school each year

Community Health Faculty

Walz Human Performance Complex

The Walz Human Performance Complex includes a state-of-the-art human performance lab, field house, arena, weight room, and athletic training room. It also houses computer labs, classrooms and a student resource library to give you all the tools you need to succeed.

Community Outreach

Health and Human Performance department students are active as coaches in local schools and city recreation leagues and as aides in physical therapy at the local hospital and clinic. They also organize community service projects, such as the Halloween Fun Night in David Dorm.

Global Health

Each year, HHP students travel to Guatemala, Belize, or other international destinations for global health mission trips, providing medical care to under-served patients and communities.

Special Olympics

Several classes offer the opportunity for you to be involved with the Nebraska Special Olympics, including coaching the Seward teams, practicing with the athletes and volunteering to help run a component of competition.

Community Health Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

  •  
    HHP 100 Lifetime Wellness
    1
    A course designed to provide an understanding of the values of wellness in our contemporary society and to aid the student in developing a personalized wellness program for optimal health.
  •  
    Psy 101 Introduction to Psychology
    3
    The course is a survey of psychology as a natural science and a social science. As a study of human behavior and the mind, the course examines current sub-areas of psychology with attention to neurology, the environment, situation and experience, and the self. Throughout the content, the course also considers how presuppositions in philosophy and theology intersect, integrate, and conflict with views on the human condition.
  •  
    HHP 182 First Aid and CPR
    2
    Safety, prevention of injuries, and first aid and CPR procedures as outlined by the American Red Cross.
  •  
    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 2

  •  
    Soc 101 Introduction to Sociology
    3
    Systematic analysis of culture, society, socialization, social control, social processes, and social institutions.
  •  
    HHP 284 Health Topics: Stress Management
    1
    A course in the health topics series designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill in comprehensive stress management. Strategies and techniques for the individual and the health educator will be presented.
  •  
    Gen Ed 8 Credit Hours
    8

Semester 3

  •  
    Bio 243 Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 2. A study of the human body, its structure and function. Course will include introduction to the microscopic and gross anatomy of the body, a survey of each body system and the homeostatic mechanisms of the body.
  •  
    HHP 181 HHP 181 Elements of Health
    3
    Designed to expose prospective health education and promotion professionals to the basic content areas of comprehensive health education, as well as the fundamental concepts, models, theories, and strategies pertaining to health education and promotion.
  •  
    HHP 281 Health Topics: Drug Education
    1
    A course in the health topics series designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill to understand and address the issues of drug/substance use, misuse and abuse.
  •  
    Gen Ed 4 Credit Hours
    4

Semester 4

  •  
    HHP 290 Health Psychology
    3
    Health Psychology is the study of how biology, behavior, and social context influence health and illness. The course will examine the contributions of psychological research to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of a variety of health concerns. The biopsychosocial–spiritual model will be emphasized, which entails the study of how social, emotional, behavioral, biological, and spiritual factors influence health. The specific topics may include injury, stress, pain management, addictions, patient– physician/practitioner relations, and chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer's, diabetes, and AIDS.
  •  
    HHP 283 Health Topics: Consumer Health
    1
    A course in the health topics series designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill to understand and address consumer health issues. In addition, it will better enable consumers to make informed decisions regarding the selection and use of health products and services.
  •  
    Gen Ed 8 Credit Hours
    8

Semester 5

  •  
    HHP 489 Global Health
    3
    This course provides an introduction to important global health issues, including health determinants and key areas of disease burden currently affecting the developing world and the role that new health technologies can play in solving these problems.
  •  
    HHP 480 Health and Human Sexuality
    3
    The study of human sexuality from a holistic health perspective. Emphasis will be placed on the biological, emotional, sociological, and behavioral factors concerning human sexuality.
  •  
    HHP 401 Health Aspects of Aging
    3
    This course is designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill to understand and address contemporary health issues in aging productive and healthy aging programs, normal aging, age correlated disease and lifespan health.
  •  
    HHP 291 Foundations of Human Performance
    2
    An introduction to the scope of human performance professions. Emphasis on the formation of a sound philosophy for a professional in the field. 15 hours of field experience required.
  •  
    Gen Ed 3 Credit Hours
    3

Semester 6

  •  
    HHP 465 Human Diseases
    3
    Discussion of disease process and ill–health. Emphasis on epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and the understanding of the etiology of communicable and non–communicable diseases.
  •  
    HHP 484 Community Health
    3
    A survey of community health education and promotion including an examination of the nature, extent and contributing factors of major community health issues and problems. The purpose, function, organization and administration of health services at the local, state and federal levels also will be examined.
  •  
    HHP 489 Global Health
    3
    This course provides an introduction to important global health issues, including health determinants and key areas of disease burden currently affecting the developing world and the role that new health technologies can play in solving these problems.
  •  
    Bus 351 Human Resources Management
    3
    Knowledge and skill-building for working with people in a business or organization. Business ethics as they relate to Christian principles. Theory combined with applications from psychology and interpersonal communications serve as the focal point of the course. Participants will learn to relate more effectively to others in the work environment.
  •  
    HHP 286 Health Topics: Men’s Health
    1
    A course in the health topics series designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill to understand and address contemporary issues in men’s health.

Semester 7

  •  
    HHP 389 Senior Seminar in Health
    1
    A capstone course that allows students to integrate knowledge, experience and research in the exploration of professional issues and trends in health education and promotion.
  •  
    HHP 482 Applied Epidemiology
    3
    The study and application of epidemiology and health data analysis in the public health setting. Data analysis and biostatistics skills, tools, and techniques are employed.
  •  
    HHP 486 Critical Issues in Health
    2
    Social, medical, and/or legal aspects of current critical issues in health
  •  
    Bus 309 Small Group Theory for Teams and Leadership
    3
    Analysis and study of theories of small groups, including theories of leadership and the facilitation of groups and group dynamics. Areas of study may include goal setting, cohesion and norms, leadership, problem solving, conflict, and facilitating in groups.
  •  
    HHP 287 Health Topics: Women’s Health
    1
    A course in the health topics series designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill to understand and address contemporary issues in women’s health.
  •  
    HHP 326 Coaching of Soccer
    2
    Designed to prepare the student for coaching soccer through classroom theory and laboratory experience.

Semester 8

  •  
    HHP 488 Health Promotion Programming
    3
    This course is designed to provide an overview of the skills and knowledge necessary to provide leadership in the designing, implementation and evaluation of public, community and worksite health promotion programs.
  •  
    Bio 244 Nutrition
    3
    A study of nutrients, their chemical structures, digestion, absorption and utilization in the body. The roles of nutrients, recommended allowances, their interactions and the results of deficiencies.
  •  
    HHP 395 Biomechanics
    3
    A study of human movement. Attention is given to the anatomy of muscles, bones, joints. Application of mechanical principles to the movement of the human organism.
  •  
    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6