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REWRITE THE STORY FOR YOUR COMMUNITY

What if you could change how the story ends for people in your community?  With a degree in Community Health and Wellness, you can change lives by promoting healthy lifestyles or women’s health, improving access to healthcare, educating people on disease prevention and management, or helping people struggling with issues like substance abuse, food or housing insecurity, teen pregnancy, sexual/gender identity, eating disorders and other issues impacting your peers and community. Make a real impact by improving health and building a stronger community, whether that’s where you live or the people who surround you.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Four-year Bachelor of Science degree 
  • Customize your academic curriculum based on your passions and interests
  • Work alongside lifestyle medicine practitioners, community health workers and wellness coaches as early as your first year
  • Large variety of career options improving health for people from all walks of life; potential careers include community health worker, case manager, health educator, wellness coach, health navigator, lifestyle medicine practitioner and more
  • High-demand field with employment expected to grow 17% through 2030 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022)
  • Hybrid program:  Online coursework with community-based fieldwork and research; clinical track requires on-campus labs and a practicum within a medical facility
  • Flexible, with full-time and part-time options
  • Whole-person approach with coursework in nutrition, community health, lifestyle medicine, determinants of health, health maintenance, healthcare services, disease prevention, patient navigation, community health education and holistic care

Mission

Provide innovative, exemplary education to prepare professionals who will promote wellness in the community in which they live, learn and work.

Vision

To be a notable change agent of community health and wellness through superior health education. 

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The goals of the Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Wellness program are:

  • Provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in the professional fields of community health, disease prevention, lifestyle medicine, and health navigation.
  • Prepare graduates to incorporate research and health assessments in health-related careers such as certified health education specialists, wellness coaches, and lifestyle medicine practitioners.
  • Provide multiple opportunities for students to specialize within the overall program of student.

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss themes in community health, lifestyle medicine, and whole-person health.
  • Examine health-related data to assess health needs for a community.
  • Exhibit competence in developing planned health educational programs and interventions related to health promotion within the community.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in effectively communicating pertinent health information to a diverse population.
  • Utilize ethical practices in the application of community health research.
  • Create innovative ideas related to health maintenance and disease prevention.
  • Evaluate the diverse factors that influence health and wellness.

Testimonial quote

“Community health workers are front-line staff who are trusted members of the communities they serve. These direct community relationships are vital to improving the health of those that live and work in our community, which is our ultimate mission. The ability to partner with Cabarrus College and assist with the creation of a community health workforce is directly in line with our organizational goal to work at the community level to improve health outcomes.”

Bonnie S. Coyle, MD
Public Health Director, Cabarrus Health Alliance

 

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