BS in Public Health, with a concentration in Community Health Education
When many people think about careers in health, they think about medical careers (such as doctor or nurse) that involve treating individuals who have diseases or injuries. Health education is a different kind of health career. Health educators try to affect the health of whole populations, not just individuals with a focus on prevention rather than treatment.
The BS in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education, offered by the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, prepares public health practitioners with skills for planning, implementing, evaluating, and monitoring health education initiatives and resources. The program offers an integrated approach to health education and public health that addresses local, national, and global health and environmental issues. The mission of the program is to prepare culturally and professionally competent professionals in community health education by providing an interdisciplinary academic and experiential program with a focus on social justice through which students gain public health knowledge and skills while developing professional values and dispositions.
Public health educators work in a variety of settings (government agencies, community clinics, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, corporations) and focus on a variety of age groups, populations, and problems. Many experts agree that major advances in the improvement of health over the next decades will not come from new medical findings or cures, but rather through prevention. Health educators will be in high demand, and will find professional opportunities as Community Health Educators, Health Program Managers, Health Communication Writers, and Health Promotion Specialists. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers as public health professionals in local and state health departments, public and private health agencies, schools, health care settings, community based organizations, policy and advocacy organizations, and other settings in which health monitoring and health education initiatives are implemented.