A program teaching health program assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation from a population-based perspective.
School of Education & Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology

Community Health Promotion


Tammy Wynard
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Why pursue a community health promotion minor at North Central College?

The community health promotion minor provides you with a strategy-based learning experience where you prepare how to approach health program assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation from a population-based perspective. The minor introduces you to the discipline areas of wellness, health education and promotion, and public health. The optional course electives offer you the opportunity to tailor the minor to best support your major.

Whether you are looking to get a community health degree or you want to have a career in health care, our educators will be able to provide you with the education you need to succeed. Our health science professionals and educators will introduce students to a variety of different community health subjects such as disease prevention, public health disparities, behavioral health, and a number of other community-based programs. Our community health education program is an excellent addition to any bachelor's degree or is a great option for students who want to learn how to improve the health and well-being of their community.

You can also:

  • Distinguish between global, national, and personal factors that hinder and promote health of an individual and community
  • Examine successful strategies used to promote effective community health practices in varied settings
  • Participate in classes that provide a platform for different majors to come together for a rich, interdisciplinary focus on community health issues from a prevention, intervention, and treatment perspective
  • Conduct undergraduate research with faculty in an area of community health that interests you
  • Enroll in May or summer term options to explore community health nationally or globally
  • Gain additional experience with a vast number of health and wellness professionals in the Chicagoland area
  • Apply to graduate school in community or public health, corporate wellness or another discipline related to the fields of health promotion.

Community Health Promotion Minor

The Community Health Promotion minor provides students with a strategy-based learning experience where they prepare how to approach health program assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation from a population-based perspective. The minor introduces students to the discipline areas of health education and promotion, public health and wellness.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Health Science.


Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 credit hours, including:

  • HTSC 130 - Foundations of Community Health Promotion

    HTSC 130 - Foundations of Community Health Promotion

    2.00 credit hours

    Explores the basis of community health education, health promotion, and public health as academic disciplines. Introduction to the history, ethical principles, current issues, and projected outlook for the discipline areas. Examination of organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization's role in determining health priority areas.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HTSC 200 - Personal and Family Wellness

    HTSC 200 - Personal and Family Wellness

    4.00 credit hours

    In-depth exploration of socio-ecological influences on personal health risk behaviors which contribute to the leading causes of death and disability. Emphasis on the examination of adverse childhood experiences and divergent perspectives around the dimensions of wellness. Varying health issues are used to evaluate why and how individuals do or do not achieve health promoting practices. Development and implementation of a behavior change plan is required.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Well Being.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HTSC 230 - Community Health

    HTSC 230 - Community Health

    4.00 credit hours

    Critical analysis of cultural and economic factors on the health of society. Emphasis on the facilitation of how diverse health care practices have a systemic influence on the social determinants of health. The organization and administration of school, community, health care facility, and workplace health promotion programs are introduced.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    U.S. Power Structures.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HTSC 330 - Health Behavior and Health Promotion

    HTSC 330 - Health Behavior and Health Promotion

    4.00 credit hours

    The exploration of models and theories used in Community Health practice. Emphasis on needs assessment, implementation, and evaluation strategies that parallel model and theory use.


    HTSC 200 and HTSC 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HTSC 390 - Special Topics in Health Promotion

    HTSC 390 - Special Topics in Health Promotion

    2.00 credit hours

    Each version of this course will feature a selected topic relevant to the ever changing field of health promotion. May be repeated with different topics.


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HTSC 430 - Advanced Concepts of Health Program Planning

    HTSC 430 - Advanced Concepts of Health Program Planning

    4.00 credit hours

    Evaluation of strategies to determine evidence based practices in community health promotion programming. Application of designing a course based prevention or intervention program based on the exploration of health topic and the target audience of the students' choosing.


    HTSC 330.

    Schedule Of Classes


Four credit hours outside of HTSC that provides a topic of interest to the student. Choose from the following:

  • LEAD 230 - Conflict Resolution

    LEAD 230 - Conflict Resolution

    4.00 credit hours

    An inquiry into the theories and skills relating to the resolution of conflict in the community and the workplace. A variety of approaches will be used to understand and analyze issues and develop skills including lecture/discussion, negotiation exercises and simulated mediations. The course will focus on developing the ability to practice as a mediator.


    Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 282 - Stress and Coping

    PSYC 282 - Stress and Coping

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of theories and research about stress and coping. Specific topics include the physiology of stress, psychoneuroimmunology, effects of stress on mental health and behavior, coping styles, and stress management.


    PSYC 100 or NEUR 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Well Being.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • RELG 250 - Death and Dying

    RELG 250 - Death and Dying

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the meaning and mystery of death and dying from several religious, philosophical and scientific perspectives. The course also considers both spiritual practices and ethical issues connected to death and dying.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOCI 223 - Community and City Life

    SOCI 223 - Community and City Life

    4.00 credit hours

    Discover the breath of experiences, the range of life styles, and the persistent problems that make city life the social setting for the richest opportunities and most perplexing inequalities in contemporary society. Attention given to issues of urban culture, schooling, housing and planning for more sustainable and equitable environments.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Sciences, U.S. Power Structures.

    Schedule Of Classes


Other courses may be approved by the Kinesiology department chair.

Community Health Promotion Careers

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.


Graduates with minors in community health promotion often work for:

  • Hospitals
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Private businesses
  • Health insurance companies
  • Colleges and universities

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, projected employment for health educators and community health workers is expected to increase at the rate of 16 percent by 2026 (increase of 19,200 jobs), at a rate much faster than the national average for all occupations. The BLS indicates this growth is driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people healthy behaviors and explaining how to use available healthcare services education.

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