The Community Health major prepares students for careers teaching health education in the community and in schools. Health educators encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness by educating individuals and communities about behaviors that can prevent diseases, injuries and other health problems. The Community Health major prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination, which is a nationally recognized certification process based on well-established educational competencies.
We offer a Bachelor of Science in Community Health, as well as a minor in Community Health. This program is delivered through the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership.
Community health educators work with mass media, plan and conduct workshops, develop educational programs and act as a health information resource. More than half of all health educators work in healthcare and social assistance agencies, and about one-fourth work in government organizations. Health educators may also be employed by colleges, public and private schools, nonprofit organizations, private business or in medical care settings.
Employment of health educators is expected to grow by 18 percent, which is faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. Growth will result from the rising cost of health care. Job prospects for health educators continue to look favorable, and those who have acquired experience through internships or volunteer activities will enjoy even better prospects. A graduate degree is preferred by employers in public health and for non-entry-level positions.