BS in Public Health and Wellness

BS in Public Health and Wellness

Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Wellness

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Wellness (formerly Community Health) prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in public health, community health, wellness and health promotion.  The curriculum includes courses in the areas of health program planning, implementation and evaluation;  wellness coaching, stress management  and behavior change; and nutrition and exercise science.  Relevant current issues related to social justice, global and environmental sustainability and addressing worldwide pandemic threats are also explored.  Graduates are prepared to successfully become Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).  The program is in the process of becoming accredited through the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH).  Students have multiple opportunities to gain professional experience outside of the classroom, including a semester-long senior internship.  Graduates are prepared for entry into professional positions and for graduate studies in the areas of public health, wellness and lifestyle management, wellness coaching, and social services.

As of Fall 2020, the B.S. in Community Health is now the B.S. in Public Health and Wellness. Students who began in Community Health may graduate with that degree or may switch to the B.S. in Public Health and Wellness. Please contact your advisor, Ms. Kelly Young ( to discuss the best option for you.

Program Guides: 

Leslie Spencer

Leslie Spencer, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator 

(856)-256-4500, ext. 53761

James Hall 1046

Rowan University

Shari Willis, Ph.D. 

Program Coordinator

(856)-256-4500 ext. 53702 

James Hall 1040

Robert Weaver

Robert Weaver, Ph.D. 

Internship Coordinator 


James Hall 1048 


Laurie Dwyer 

(856) 256-4500 ext 65835

Please call 856-256-4785 to make an appointment 



"Health is wealth": Dr. Nicole Vaughn, a public health researcher in the Rowan-Virtua School of Nursing & Health Professions, talks about her work with urban farmers in Camden, N.J. Health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity can all be improved through lifestyle changes—but that’s much harder for some individuals to address than others. To figure out why chronic disease rates in disadvantaged communities are persistently higher than average, as well as to design better solutions, Vaughn enlists the help of people who live and work in underserved and marginalized communities.

Inclusive Community Gardens is funded by the Division of Disability Services, New Jersey Department of Human Service. A Rowan team, under the guidance of Dr. Spencer, has partnered with seven area community gardens, reviewing each and making changes such as reducing sensory stimuli, adding Braille and images to signage and designing paths and beds that are more accessible.