The Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in community-based programs. The focus of the degree is to prepare health education specialists who can assess needs, plan and implement programs, conduct research, communicate health information, and serve as a health education resource person. Courses are designed with hands-on learning in mind. Students will participate in projects where they are meeting a community’s health needs. This degree program requires an area of emphasis outside the major so students may focus on a specific area of interest, such as exercise science, nutrition, psychology, and sociology.
Community Health Education is also offered as a 21-credit minor.
Health education specialists work to promote positive health behaviors and prevent disease by educating communities and individuals. Graduates of Community Health Education programs typically seek employment or apply to graduate school. Employment opportunities are available in non-profit, government, and business sectors. Many employers prefer candidates who have attained the Certified Health Education Specialist or Master Certified Health Education Specialist credential from the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing.