Community Wellness

As a community wellness major, you prepare to be an active advocate for healthy lifestyle choices. You're equipped to work in public health agencies, corporate settings and human service agencies.

Preparing You For Success

You explore the wide world of public health starting with courses your freshman year. You leave Bradley with internships and a portfolio of projects for local organizations. You're also prepared for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • At least one internship in a public health setting. Students have interned for the YMCA, Hult Center for Healthy Living, OSF Health Care and the Children’s Home Association of Illinois
  • A portfolio of class projects in community, school, university and worksite wellness
  • Professional development and networking through national honor societies Eta Sigma Gamma and Kappa Omicron Nu

Additionally, you minor in health or sociology to strengthen your understanding of wellness concerns within a variety of cultures.

Making Your Mark

Community and public health programs are growing both at the local level and in corporate settings. Your degree prepares you to enter the workforce or to pursue a graduate degree in public health or health education.

Recent Bradley graduates are working as health education specialists, prevention specialists, community outreach coordinators, youth service specialists and wellness coordinators.

Major Requirements

Family & Consumer Sciences Core - 12-15 hrs.

  • FCS 100 Family Dynamics - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
    or FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 310 & 311 Community Program Planning & Evaluation - 6 hrs.
    or FCS 346 Resource Management - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 442 Foundations of FCS - 3 hrs.

Required Professional Work Experience - 3 hrs.

  • FCS 462 Community Wellness Practicum I - 3 hrs.

Additional Required FCS Courses - 26 hrs.

  • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 201 Foundations in Community Wellness - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 203 School Health Promotion- 3 hrs.
  • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Healthcare - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 310 Community Program Planning - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 311 Community Program Evaluation - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 464 Leadership and Advocacy in Community Wellness - 4 hrs.

Required Supporting Courses - 36 hrs.

  • BIO 111 Introduction to Cell Biology - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 100 Fundamentals of General Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 101 Fundamentals of General Chemistry Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHM 162 Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 302 or NUR 391 Medical Terminology - 1 hr.
  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 263 Introduction to Personal and Community Health - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 201 Brain and Behavior - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 303 Lifespan Developmental Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 100 The Sociological Perspective - 3 hrs.

Required Minor (choose one) - 12-18 hrs.

  • Sociology - 15 hrs.
  • Health - 18 hrs.
  • Open Electives for Student Personalization - 12-15 hrs.
    • Selected in consultation with advisor.