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Curry College students pursuing a Community Health and Wellness Degree collaborate in class

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in Fall 2021, applications will no longer be accepted for the Community Health and Wellness major and minor. As an alternative option, feel free to explore our Public Health and Wellness major.

How is the relationship between health and human rights defined? What is the leading cause of mortality in the US? How can you help marginalized populations get the care they need?

You’ll be able to answer these questions and many more and put that knowledge to good use by pursuing a Community Health and Wellness degree from Curry College.  The Bachelor of Arts in Community Health & Wellness focuses on the social, political, and behavioral sciences.  Students who elect to enroll in this major are those who may be interested in careers including but not limited to:

  • Health education and promotion
  • Community health
  • Working with children and youth
  • Health counseling
  • Health advocacy/policy
  • Health administration
  • Government work

A Community Health and Wellness degree can also prepare you for graduate programs and also meets the coursework criteria for eligibility to become a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Course Requirements and Information

The following policies apply to students in the Community Health & Wellness program:

  1. Must maintain a minimum of 2.75 cumulative overall average or risk dismissal from the program
  2. Students entering the program in junior or senior year are ultimately responsible for ensuring that s/he will be able to graduate in a timely manner.
  3. Students discovered to have been in violation of program academic honesty policies may risk being dismissed from the program.

Pre- or Co-requisites:
The program includes 18 hours of health courses and 15 hours of electives, which are designed to provide students with the competencies desirable for future employment. Advisors are available.

BIOL 1075 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIOL 1085 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIOL 1175 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
BIOL 1185 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
CHEM 1001 Chemical Concepts* 3
CHEM 1002 Chemical Concepts Lab* 1
HW 1000 Personal Health 3
MATH 1150 Statistics I 3
*May be taken pass/fail

Students must complete the 18 credits in this major. An additional 15 elective credits must be completed; these will be selected in conjunction with an advisor to prepare the student in his/her area of interest.

HW 1001 Principles of Public Health & Wellness 3
HW 2000 Foundations of Community Health 3
HW 2010 Health Behavior, Education, and Promotion 3
HW 2200 Social Determinants 3
HW 3000 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
HW 3010 Senior Seminar in Health & Wellness 3


15 Credits from the following courses
Students can take no more than six (6) credit hours of those electives from one area. For example, a student cannot take all fifteen credit hours from the Biology category. Rather, they may take up to six (6) credits in Biology in order to fulfill this requirement. Classes taken as an elective may not also count toward any minor.

Academic Enrichment:

AE 2000 Peer Teaching in the Disciplines 3
AE 2150 Study Abroad Seminar 3


BIOL 2010 Microbiology 4
BIOL 2120 Biology of the Mind 3
BIOL 2030 Human Disease 3
BIOL 2060 Intro to Exercise Science Physiology 3

Black Studies:

BLKS 2012 Race and Religion in America 3
BLKS 2330 African-American History 3
BLKS 3050 Race, Class, Gender, and Health 3

Business Administration:

BUS 2263 Health Care Law 3
BUS 2410 Sports and Recreation Management 3


COM 2020 Intercultural Communication 3
COM 2150 Health Communication 3

Community Health and Wellness:

HW 1500 Stress Reduction Based on Mindfulness 3
HW 2150 Introduction to Holistic Health 3
HW 2520 Nutrition 3
HW 3020 Current Issues in Health & Wellness 3
HW 3050 Race, Class, and Gender 3

Criminal Justice:

CJ 2120 Restorative Justice Community and Incarceration 3
CJ 2402 Domestic Violence 3
CJ 3404 Sociology of Violence 3

Physical Education:

PE 1217 The Science of Weight Management 3
PE 2500 Physical Awareness: A Wellness Approach 3

Philosophy and Religious Studies:

PRS 2410 Environmental Ethics 3


PSY 2060 Aging and the Life Cycle 3
PSY 2070 Motivation 3
PSY 2100 Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 2106 Psychology of Women 3
PSY 2125 Substance Use Counseling 3
PSY 2200 Behavior Disorders in Children 3
PSY 2220 Death, Dying, and Bereavement 3
PSY 2330 Drugs and Behavior 3
PSY 2400 Human Development 3
PSY 2450 Human Sexuality 3
PSY 2500 Behavior Change: Theory and Practice 3
PSY 2800 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3100 Psychology of Learning 3
PSY 3120 Counseling Theory 3
PSY 3130 Brain and Behavior 3
PSY 3350 Health Psychology 3


SOC 2060 Aging and the Life Cycle 3
SOC 2220 Death, Dying, and Bereavement 3
SWK 2310 Intro to Social Work Practice 3
SOC 2402 Domestic Violence 3
SWK 2410 Working with Individuals 3
SOC 2420 Working with Groups 3
SOC 2470 Sex, Gender, and Sexuality 3
SOC 2650 Sociology of Health and Health Care 3
SOC 3390 Crisis Intervention 3
SOC 3404 Sociology of Violence 3
SOC 3610 Communities 3

Women's and Gender Studies:

WGS 2000 Gendered Lives 3


HW 1000 Personal Health
SCI 1020 Human Body*

*BIOL 1075/1175 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 1085/1185 Anatomy & Physiology II can also meet this requirement

Requirements ( select two of the following):

HW 2000 Foundations of Community Health
HW 2010 Health Behavior, Education, and Promotion
HW 2200 Social Determinants
HW 3000 Epidemiology

In addition, students must select SIX credits from the list of Community Health and Wellness Electives list in the above accordion (Major Requirements).

Students can take no more than six (6) credit hours of those electives from one area. For example, a student cannot take all fifteen credit hours from the Biology category. Rather, they may take up to six (6) credits in Biology in order to fulfill this requirement.

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

  • Assess Needs, Assets and Capacity for Health Education
  • Plan Health Education
  • Implement Health Education
  • Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education
  • Administer and Manage Health Education
  • Serve as a Health Education Resource Person
  • Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education
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