The minor in Community Health is designed to enhance a student’s career preparation by providing the knowledge and skills required to assess, evaluation and plan for the impact a student’s or client’s community has on their ability to engage in positive health behaviors.
If your career path may lead to working for a healthcare organization, regardless of what your professional expertise is, the Community Health minor can help prepare you for the unique opportunities and limitations the healthcare context may present.
Course Catalog Listing
Typical Starting Positions
Community Health outreach, patient advocate, patient account representative, ombudsman, counseling, admissions, human resources.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Students participate in both study abroad classes and internship opportunities.
Students are encouraged to participate in collaborative research projects. Past research topics have been Backpacks in Middle Schools, Tanning Booth Use by College Students, and Road Rage.
Student Professional Organizations
Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Honorary: http://www.eiu.edu/healthst/aboutesg.php
Professional Development Opportunities
Attendance at state and national conferences including the Student Case Competition at SOPHE, and internships
Faculty Research Interests
occupational safety and health, driver safety, substance abuse, aging, perceptions of personal responsibility, college student health, health issues on college campuses, humor and health, adolescent health,, crisis management, web-based interventions, behavior change, women's health issues, disaster preparedness, LGBT health issues,
Faculty Honors & Awards
Achievement and Contribution Awards in Service, Teaching, Research, and Balanced areas; officers in national level professional organizations, research release time.