Community Health

College of Applied Health Sciences


What is Community Health?

This major prepares future practitioners for the world of health care and health behavior. Special emphasis is placed on the community context in which health care is delivered. You’ll choose from one of three concentrations:

  • Health Education
  • Health Planning & Administration
  • Rehabilitation & Disability Studies

You will be able to work in the field and with faculty on research projects. You’ll learn to examine old problems from a new perspective. With this degree, you will be able to create policies and technologies that address important health concerns.

Career Options

  • Consulting
  • Government work
  • Health administration
  • Health counseling
  • Health education
  • Pharmaceuticals & supplies
  • Rehabilitation
  • Social service work
  • Wellness programming

Post-Graduation Success1

85% employed or continuing education

55% employed after graduation

29% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$44,877 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Carle Foundation Hospital, Cerner Corporation, Medline Industries View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, Rush University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of the major and career options
  • Commitment to activities, employment, or community involvement and/or leadership experiences

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

89% first-year retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

84% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $32,780
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $56,270