Community Wellness

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Dr. Chang-Ok Choi
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oak@bradley.edu

The Degree

Bradley’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Community Wellness. A major in community wellness is an interdisciplinary, community-focused program that will prepare graduates to develop programs and materials to help individuals and community groups make healthy lifestyle choices.  Through an innovative program, students will understand the concept of community wellness, disease prevention and optimal well-being.  A strong background in the natural sciences and a required minor in sociology will equip students to address community wellness issues, including healthcare, social, physiological, psychological and nutritional health. In addition and with advice from an academic advisor, students enjoy 15 open credit hours to pursue a topic of their choice or possibly a second minor. The major can lead to graduate work such as a Master’s in Public Health (MPH).

Opportunities at Bradley

Students enjoy close interaction with faculty and working professionals to gain experience in a variety of venues. Some choose to produce an undergraduate research project for presentation and possible publication. Outside of the classroom, Bradley Family and Consumer Sciences majors enjoy many co-curricular, extra-curricular and cooperative learning experiences, including:

  • Study Abroad in Europe
  • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society
  • Dietetic Student Association
  • Various student organizations and clubs

Scholarships

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is pleased to announce that two freshmen will be chosen to become either the “Mildred Arnold Scholar” or the “C.C. Wheeler Scholar” with an accompanying annual scholarship of up to $4,000.  These scholarships are renewed annually for up to four years providing the student maintains a minimum GPA of 3.00 and completes the scholarship requirements.  Only students who have applied to Bradley University’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences by February 1 in the Spring of their senior year and have completed the scholarship application will receive full consideration for these prestigious awards.

As continuing FCS majors, upperclassmen are eligible to apply for several scholarships ranging from several hundred to $3,000 per year.  These scholarships have been established through the generous donations of our gracious alumnae.

Beyond Bradley

Bradley Alumni in Community Wellness are competitive for employment/further education opportunities in:

  • Local and state health departments
  • Agencies such as the American Red Cross, American Lung Association, and the Dairy Council among others
  • Health education agencies
  • Graduate school