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Department of Social and Public Health

W324 Grover Center
Athens, OH 45701

Dr. Doug Bolon
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120 Chubb Hall
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Athens, OH 45710

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Community Health Services  

The field of community health and health promotion examines critical health issues through such factors as demography, epidemiology, culture and behavior.

Professionals in community health and health promotion work to advance the concept of healthy people in a variety of organizations: state and local health departments, centers for disease control, departments of health and human services, bureaus of health promotion and education, offices of minority health affairs, offices of international health, crisis centers, hospitals, schools and group homes. They also may be employed as health educators in settings such as corporate wellness programs, fitness centers, and hospitals.

The concentration in community health and health promotion gives you a thorough knowledge of current health issues and trains you to implement, analyze, and assess programs to deal with these issues.

Program graduates are employed nationwide in every facet of health administration: hospital, nursing home, mental health facilities, insurance, managed care, health maintenance organizations, public health and government agencies, institutions involved in health planning, promotion, education, specialized businesses such as health and fitness facilities.

Career Opportunities

Community health services prepares students for entry-level staff and management positions in public-health and health-promotion agencies, social task force agencies, and other noninstitutional health agencies. Students are taught the skills necessary for assessing and planning health programs, according to the needs of the community being served.


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College of Health Sciences and Professions

The youngest of Ohio University's academic units, the College of Health Sciences and Professions is home to about 100 staff and faculty members and 2,500 students. The College was launched in 1979 under the name Health and Human Services, and was renamed in 2010 during an academic realignment that migrated several of its programs to other campus units.

The College began with three schools in 1979 and had grown to include six by the time it was restructured in 2010. Today it includes four academic units: the School of Nursing; School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; and Department of Social and Public Health.

All four are housed in Grover Center, a state-of-the-art facility that underwent an extensive renovation, completed in 2001, that for the first time brought all of the College’s academic programs under one roof.

While the four academic units form its core, the College over the years has branched into outreach initiatives that serve the surrounding community while providing valuable practical experience for students. These include WellWorks nutrition and fitness center; Ohio University Therapy Associates’ Hearing, Speech, Language and Physical Therapy clinics; Atrium Café; and Kids on Campus afterschool and summer programs.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.