Community Health & Wellness Emphasis

The Community Health and Wellness emphasis is designed to provide students with coursework in preparation for careers working with generally healthy populations through non-profit, for-profit, and government community nutrition, health and wellness programs. The curriculum provides a strong science and social science foundation for developing well-rounded professionals who are trained in evidence-based nutrition practice and are culturally competent.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for students who pursue the Community Health and Wellness emphasis include educating individuals, families and groups concerning nutrition practices intended to prevent disease and enhance health. Employment settings include community health programs, senior centers, home-delivered meal services (i.e., Meals on Wheels), cooperative extension, public health agencies, non-profit organizations, worksite wellness programs, health and fitness centers, government programs (i.e., Women, Infants, and Children [WIC], National School Lunch Program [NSLP], Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP], Older Americans Programs, etc.), and international food and health organizations (i.e., Peace Corps, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization, etc.).

Community Health and Wellness Emphasis Requirements

Students in the Community Health and Wellness emphasis must complete 17 credits in the emphasis area. One credit of professional development coursework (NUTR 4190 Professional Development in Nutrition) is required. The remaining 16 credits may be selected from the following list of courses. Refer to the Nutrition Concentration Emphasis Area Course List (PDF, 144 KB) for further details.

  • PSYC 3450 Adulthood and Aging1 – 3 credits

  • PSYC 3400 Lifespan Developmental Psychology1 – 3 credits

  • PSYC 4800 Health Psychology1 – 3 credits

  • SOC 2010 Introduction to Sociology – 3 credits

  • SOC 2020 Social Problems – 3 credits

  • SOC 3600 Social Class and Poverty1 (preq SOC 2010 or 2020) – 3 credits

  • HLTH 2980 Human Health and Disease – 3 credits

  • HLTH 2020 Introduction to Public Health2 – 3 credits

  • HLTH 2030 Overview of Health Care Systems2 – 3 credits

  • HLTH 3800 Epidemiology2 (preq any 2000-level HLTH course) – 3 credits

  • MICR 4000 Public Health Microbiology – 3 credits

  • MICR 4160 Introduction to Virology – 3 credits

  • COMM 3210 Communication Across Media (preq COMM 2010) – 3 credits

  • BIOL 2030 Human Disease & Society – 3 credits

  • MKT 3010 Principles of Marketing1 – 3 credits

  • ELE 3010 Introduction to Entrepreneurship1 – 3 credits

  • FDSC 4500 Creative Inquiry – 1 or 2 credits

1CBBS course fee applies when taking this course.

2Completion of all three courses is required to obtain an Undergraduate Public Health Certificate (online) through the Department of Public Health Sciences. For more information, visit A minimum average GPR 2.5 for the three courses and course completion with a grade of D or better required.