Community Health and Wellness Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Community Health and Wellness program option is designed for students interested in planning, conducting, managing, and evaluating fitness, health, and wellness programs in a variety of settings. This program option will also prepare students for a graduate program in the areas of Public Health, community health, or health education.  Students will earn a bachelor’s degree in Education and Health Sciences (B.S.) with the Community Health and Wellness option.

The Community Health and Wellness option is designed for those students interested in health education and health promotion. Graduates are prepared to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance the quality of life for individuals and communities while working in a variety of settings to include worksite health promotion programs, schools, public health agencies, nonprofit health organizations, and voluntary health agencies (American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, etc.). This option is also appropriate for students interested in pursuing graduate programs in such areas as public health, health policy, and other related areas.

Upon completion of the option, students will be eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.  The CHES credential conveys to potential employers and colleagues that one is competent to:

  • Assess Needs, Resources and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
  • Plan Health Education/Promotion

  • Implement Health Education/Promotion 

  • Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion
  • Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion
  • Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person
  • Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion, and the Profession

UNL Points of Distinction

  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Integrated approach to healthy lifestyles
  • Qualification for Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam


  • Public health educator
  • Corporate wellness manager
  • Community health educator
  • Health program planner
  • Health services manager
  • Health coach
  • Research and graduate programs

Application to this program


Bachelor's of Science 4-Year Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
LIFE 120 Fundamentals of Biology I 3 cr
LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I Laboratory 1 cr
NUTR 100 Healthy Living 3 cr
NUTR 145 Food Literacy 1 cr
ACE 1 3 cr
MATH 101 or higher 3 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
BIOS 111 The Biology of Microorganisms 4 cr
NUTR 150 Career Preparation in Nutrition and Health Sciences 2 cr
PSYC 181 Introduction to Psychology 4 cr
ACE 2 3 cr
Total Credits 13

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
CHEM 109 General Chemistry I 4 cr
SOCI 252 or 353 3 cr
ACE 5 3 cr
Selective 3 cr
NUTR 250 Human Nutrition and Metabolism 3 cr
Total Credits 16
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
CHEM 110 General Chemistry II 4 cr
ACE 7 3 cr
ACE 9 3 cr
NUTR 256 Addressing Health Disparities through Health Literacy 3 cr
NUTR 252 Nutrient and Fitness Assessment 3 cr
Total Credits 16

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
BIOS 213 Human Physiology 3 cr
BIOS 213L Human Physiology 1 cr
STAT 218 or EDPS 459 3 cr
NUTR 344 Nutrition and Food for Optimal Health 4 cr
NUTR 352 Social Marketing in Health Communication 3 cr
NUTR 400 Planning and Implementation of Health Promotion Programs 3 cr
Total Credits 17
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
NUTR 356 Nutrition Education in the Community 3 cr
NUTR 302 Health Information: Science, Media, and the Consumer 3 cr
ACE 8 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
NUTR 404 Evaluation and Research Related to Health Promotion 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
NUTR 407/807 Principles of Epidemiology for Nutrition and Public Health 3 cr
Selective 6 cr
Elective 3 cr
NUTR 406 Management and Administration of Health Promotion Programs 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
NUTR 408 Community Health Advocacy 3 cr
NUTR 487 Community Health and Wellness Practicum 6 cr
Elective 5 cr
Total Credits 14

This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic adviser. Advisers also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.