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Community Health

Learn about community health, but don’t stop there. Learn how wellbeing encompasses all of life.

The Community Health major and minor prepare students for careers in healthcare, public policy, community education, and much more. Graduates understand both macro and micro perspectives of health within communities.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Community Health Major Minor

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Going Beyond the Physical

The Community Health major and minor at Bethel promote health and wellness with an emphasis on prevention, life-long learning, and the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills that can be integrated into a holistic lifestyle. Completion of the community health major establishes eligibility to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination. And you’ll gain skills to lead in a capacity that helps improve others’ quality of life and learn critical thinking skills that will serve you well in the classroom or workplace. 

Student presenting to a classroom

120

hours of face-to-face contact with students in four different settings prior to student teaching

Only Minnesota private school offering Developmental and Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) endorsement.

Program Highlights

Christian perspective

Professors not only teach best practices in education, health, fitness, and nutrition, but also the integration of spiritual health and fitness as part of a holistic lifestyle.

New Wellness Center

Train in Bethel’s new $11 million Wellness Center, which includes expansive state-of-the-art fitness and academic space.

Study abroad

Take your training offsite and study in one of more than 30 locations worldwide.

What can I do with a degree in community health?

Community health grads prepare to teach in a variety of school, recreational, and community settings.

Careers

Our community health graduates work as:

  • Teachers or directors of recreational activity programs (e.g., YMCA, camps, community recreation programs)
  • School health coordinators
  • Community health educators or specialists
  • Leaders in community health agencies (American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, etc.)
  • Federal, state, county, or local government employees
  • Hospital or medical clinic staff
  • Senior healthcare facility staff

Graduate Fields

Our alumni study:

  • Education
  • Educational leadership
  • Gerontology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Physical therapy
  • Public health (epidemiology, environmental health, etc.)

Graduate Schools

Graduate schools our alumni have attended:

  • Bethel University
  • St. Mary’s University

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