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Bachelor of Science in Community Health

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  • Course description

    The Community Health program is based on the competencies needed to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). These competencies are common to health education in whatever setting it takes place: schools, work places, clinical applications, government agencies, or elsewhere in the community. They include assessing individual and community needs; planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs; managing health programs and personnel; grant writing; building coalitions; identifying resources and making referrals; organizing and mobilizing communities; advocating for health-related issues; and using a variety of educational methods. A prominent goal of community health education is to create a sense of well being in communities by reducing the incidence and prevalence of major health risks through education and programs for the prevention of disease.

    Mission Statement 

    The Community Health and Health Science majors are designed for students seeking to enter the health professions. If the United States is to reverse the present trend of deteriorating health of its citizens, and do so within an affordable framework, the next generation of health professionals must be conversant with a new health promotion paradigm. The Community Health and Health Science majors introduce students to this new paradigm through an integrated biological, psychological, and sociological approach to promoting health that encourages a shift from reliance primarily on dollars and technology to informed citizen participation.

    The Community Health major is designed for students interested in becoming health education specialists. Health education specialists primarily work for organizations in the community that focus on improving health. The Health Science major is designed for students seeking to pursue clinical fields such as physical therapy, physician's assistant, optometry, occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THIS DEGREE? 

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that approximately 16 percent of all new wage and salary jobs (3.5 million in total) between 2002 and 2012 will be in health-related fields. The job outlook is clearly favorable for those in community health as the entire health services industry is experiencing remarkable growth. A degree in community health opens the door to a diverse and extensive range of opportunities, which include but are not limited to:
    Community health educator
    Health promotion programmer
    Corporate wellness director
    Alcohol educator
    Cardiovascular fitness specialist
    HIV/AIDS educator
    Cancer information specialist
    Epidemiology assistant 
    Community organizer   Domestic violence educator
    Elder services director
    Environmental educator
    Events coordinator
    Grant writer
    Patient educator
    Program evaluator
    Sex educator   Safety educator
    Teen outreach coordinator
    Tobacco educator
    Wellness consultant
    Women's health director
    Men's health director
    Youth program specialist 
    Worksite wellness director

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