Community Health & Wellness (with Health Administration)

Combine Your Passion for Helping Others with a Rewarding Health Administration Career

Keuka College invites you launch a career in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, or public health with our Community Health and Wellness bachelor's degree.

32%

JOB GROWTH FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES MANAGERS BY 2029

$100,980

MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES MANAGERS

The Community Health and Wellness degree at Keuka College will prepare you to become a leader in the health system and educate patients in non-clinical environments.

The program will provides strong foundational knowledge in fields including population health, psychology, healthcare ethics, digital literacy, and business. 

After you graduate, you may also be qualified to enter a graduate school or professional health service program to pursue an advanced degree in health services administration, public health, health informatics, or hospital administration.

A Program Designed for You

  • Built for Busy Adults: The program is designed for working adults. Attend each class just one night each week, and complete homework and course assignments online when it fits your schedule.
  • Class Close to Home: Classes are offered at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua.

We make it as convenient as possible for working adults like you to earn a Community Health & Wellness degree.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of approximately 60 transferable credit hours from an accredited college, university, or post-secondary institution(s). 
  • Cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an appropriate combination of maturity, experience, and motivation. 

HOW TO APPLY

  • Complete your Application for Admission online.
  • Submit all official transcripts from each college or university you've attended.
  • Pay your non-refundable $50 application fee.

WORRIED ABOUT SOMETHING?

We realize one size never fits all. If there's something on your mind, reach out to us and let us know! Give us a call at (315) 279-5254 or 1-800-335-3852 or by email at [email protected].

INS-301T : IS: Building a Culture of Health 3

A writing-intensive capstone course for the General Education curriculum that provides students with guidance in their application of interdisciplinary knowledge to problem solving. Students are challenged to practice critical and creative thinking skills, and they are expected to demonstrate competence in oral, written, and other creative modes of expression. This course is open to all majors. This course undertakes in depth exploration of the internal and external factors that influence health in the United States. By taking a cross- disciplinary and health-focused approach, students are guided to critically examine social, genetic, technological, cultural, economic, and political factors that impact the health of a community. Employing concepts from the liberal arts, sciences, and technologies as well as evidence-based data, students will analyze cross-disciplinary factors relevant to health and community, and will develop proposals for effective community solutions and intervention strategies. Students will also be guided to apply course learning to individual health and reflect on ways to optimize their own personal culture of health.

CHW-311 : Theoretical Prin of Health Behavior 3

The purpose of the course is to provide the student with an understanding of the application of the social and behavioral sciences to health.  The course reviews behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the life course.  Public health issues related to individuals and populations will be examined in terms of social and behavioral theories, empirical research findings, and methodologies.

ACC-101 : Acct I: Intro to Financial Accounting 3

Financial accounting deals with the preparation, presentation, and analysis of financial statements. The course involves the study of the terminology and conceptual framework underlying the measurement, processing, and communication of financial information to external and internal users. The course is required of all business and management majors, but is open to any student with an interest in learning this essential part of the language of business.

ECO-211 : Principles of Microeconomics 3

This course will explore price theory and its application to the factors of production, and the concept of elasticity of supply and demand. The course will also cover the relationship of organizations to production, costs, markets, pricing, and alternative economic systems. International trade and monetary policy will also be explained.

SS-231 : Statistics for Social Science 3

Descriptive and inferential statistics for the behavioral sciences; frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, variance, probability, hypothesis testing, and parametric tests (including analysis of variance); and an introduction to correlation and regression.

CHW-312 : Happiness Well-Being and Health 3

Concepts and constructs of wellness and health promotion are studied and analyzed in relation to one's self and the public's health.  Students will integrate health behavior theories along with models of community health promotion and wellness with the objectives of Healthy People.  Students will apply wellness and health promotion principles and strategies to one's own life and a proposed target population within the community.

BUS-101 : Introduction to Business and Society 3

An examination of contemporary business institutions and their relationship to society. Topics include historical antecedents, basis of the American enterprise system, functional areas of business, and principles of management.

CHW-411 : Epidemiology and Public Health 3

This course introduces the basic principles and methods of epidemiology, with an emphasis on critical thinking, analytic skills, and application to health policy.  Topics include outcome measures, methods of adjustment, surveillance, quantitative study designs, and sources of data.  Students will practice using epidemiology to better understand, characterize and promote health at a population level through experiential learning activities.

MGT-351 : Small Business Management 3

An analysis of the management concerns associated with small business. This course examines the means of ownership and characteristics of small business, as well as the benefits derived from and problems associated with managing small retail stores, service-oriented organizations, franchises, and manufacturing firms. Problems in marketing, finance, production, accounting, personnel, and insurance associated with the management of a small business are studied and analyzed. Development of a business plan is included.

CHW-412 : Health Promotion and Prevention Policy 3

This course focuses on the development of advocacy and leadership at the local, state, national, and international level.  Students will study topics including ethics, policy making and legislation/regulation of community health and wellness concerns at all levels.

KC-201 : Wellness (Select a Topic) 1

The purpose of this course is to promote a wellness mindset (physical, mental, and spiritual). Through participation in classroom experiential activities and independent learning, students will acquire knowledge and skills that support the practice of wellness in daily life. Students will be guided, through self-assessment and reflection, to identify areas in their life where the practice of wellness will be most beneficial. Finally, students will develop a personal plan for continued practice of wellness in the future.

HRM-208 : Human Resources Management 3

Aspects of the human resources function operable in business organizations; analysis of employment personnel testing, job classification, wage and salary administration, and performance evaluation; overview of labor relations in American business.

BUS-410 : Entrepreneurship 3

This course unites business theory and practical application by means of the Keuka Collegewine project. The project allows students to practice entrepreneurship by managing their own for-profit microenterprise. The students, with supervision, will perform the functions of management, marketing, and accounting. Student entrepreneurs will be responsible for product development, procurement and supply, quality control, labeling, packaging, advertising and sales, ordering and distribution, and financial reporting for the project. (Offered every spring.)

CHW-421 : Capstone I 3

Students will work in small project teams with faculty advisement to complete a scholarly, culminating capstone project.  The faculty-led small group project allows student(s) to demonstrate application of knowledge gained. The baccalaureate capstone is an integral part of the major's curriculum design and is completed over the course of two semesters.

CHW-422 : Capstone II 3

Students will work in small project teams with faculty advisement to complete a scholarly, culminating capstone project.  The faculty-led small group project allows student(s) to demonstrate application of knowledge gained. The baccalaureate capstone is an integral part of the major's curriculum design and is completed over the course of two semesters.

Christopher Alterio, Dr.OT, OTR/L

Division Chair of Applied Health and Wellness
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Director of Disability Services

Academic Credentials

Nova Southeastern University
Dr.OT
SUNY at Buffalo
B.S.

Biography

Dr. Alterio graduated cum laude from the SUNY at Buffalo Occupational Therapy program in 1987. He worked as a clinician, educator, and manager before completing his post-professional clinical doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in 2007.

He authored the textbook “Clinically oriented theory for occupational therapy” and co-authored "Caring for someone in your home." He writes extensively on a professional blog that covers occupational therapy topics. His clinical experience ranges across practice areas but his primary interest and focus is in pediatrics. He has presented at state and national conferences on topics ranging from pediatric clinical care and injury prevention programs, certification standards for occupational therapists, occupational therapy history, and appropriate use of social media in a professional context.

He has volunteered for 27 years for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, serving as pediatric subject matter expert on various exam and product development committees, and in all Board of Director leadership positions including Board Chairperson from 2010-12. He owns ABC Therapeutics, a private occupational and physical therapy practice in Western New York. He has served at Keuka College in various roles since 1992 and is currently Associate Professor, Chair, and Program Director of the occupational therapy division.

Professional Interests

Pediatrics, private practice, entrepreneurship, social media, occupational therapy theory, occupational therapy history.

Cassie Hey ’04 M’07, D.B.H., M.S., OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Academic Credentials

Arizona State University
D.B.H.
Keuka College
M.S.
Keuka College
B.S.

Contact Information

Anne Piorkowski

Assistant Director of Admissions

(315) 694-3244
[email protected]