Community Health Education - Focus on Outreach, Programs and Leadership
The Community Health Education track is designed for persons who wish to create, implement and evaluate community based health education programs. Particular emphasis is placed on social construct issues and the skills necessary to partner with a variety of existing community based programs. Students design and implement health education programs using theories of education, behavioral change and qualitative research aimed at improving health and health literacy at the community level.
What can I do with a Community Health Education degree?
Community health educators develop programs and material to encourage healthy decisions. They also teach people behaviors that promote a healthy lifestyle and overall wellness.
Community Health Educators:
- Assess community health needs
- Plan, develop, implement, and manage health education projects
- Develop health education for their community’s target population
- Develop communication strategies and advocates for health education
- Collaborate with other health care professionals
Examples of Health Educator positions:
- Health Educator
- Health Education/Program Coordinator
- Health Promotion Manager
- Health & Wellness Specialists
(National Certification of Health Educators (2008)http://www.nchec.org/)