Community Health Education
Community health education is a multidisciplinary program that teaches students about population health promotion and prevention. Students study public health to learn how to use behavior change theories, communication strategies and advocacy efforts to improve the health status of individuals, communities, states and the nation. The knowledge and skills developed enable students to apply for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification exam upon graduation. Health Educators need a bachelor’s degree and often employers prefer this credential.
Why Community Health Education is in Demand:
- As medical costs continue to escalate, the demand will be very high for community health educators who teach the public about healthy habits and behaviors to avoid costly chronic conditions or medical procedures. Health educators can help reduce costly premature deaths and disability.
- With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. has signaled a shift toward improving health outcomes and becoming more “health” rather than “sick” focused. To accomplish that shift, the ACA has called for focus on challenges and needs of both the public health and clinical workforces in order to improve quality of care and patient safety, as well as expanding community-based programming to support prevention and health promotion. (Source: sophe.org)
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for health educators and community health workers are expected to increase 13% from 2014-2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
- An undergraduate major in community health education is excellent preparation for those planning to pursue graduate or professional studies in the public health and/or clinical health professions.
Is it for me?
- Are you caring and compassionate?
- Do you want to improve the quality of life for individuals?
- Does the idea of a career in the “helping professions” bring personal meaning and fulfillment?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Community Health Education
At The University of Scranton, you’ll learn how to apply your knowledge and skills to improve the human condition.
- Debra Fetherman, Ph.D.
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Where will Community Health Education take me?
Our program will prepare you for a range of entry-level career choices. Here are some examples of workforce settings for health educators:
- Health Care Facilities
- Public Health Departments
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Worksite Health Promotion Departments
- Colleges and Schools
Top Graduate Schools
Scranton graduates are admitted to top graduate and professional schools throughout the country. Depending on your use of curriculum free electives, our program can also help you pursue entry into graduate programs in occupational therapy, public health, nutrition, health administration, nursing and other health professions. Here are examples of top graduate schools to which CHED graduates have been accepted:
- New York University
- Thomas Jefferson University
- West Chester University
- East Stroudsburg University
- University of Health Sciences
- Bay Path University
- Lund University, Denmark
A bachelor’s degree is generally preferred for an entry-level health educator position, while other employers may require certification. The Certified Health Education Specialist designation is offered by the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing.
Here’s a sampling of some of the employers who have hired our community health education majors:
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
- Cigna HealthCare
- American Red Cross
- Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
- Danbury Hospital
Our program will prepare you for a range of entry-level career choices in a variety of setting including public health departments, colleges/schools, worksite health promotion departments, and nonprofit organizations.
Community health education graduates have found employment with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cigna HealthCare, American Red Cross and Danbury Hospital.
Depending on your use of curriculum free electives, our program can also help you pursue entry into graduate programs in occupational therapy, public health, nutrition, health administration, nursing and other health professions.
Recent graduates have been accepted to graduate programs at New York University, Thomas Jefferson University, West Chester University, University of Health Sciences and Lund University in Denmark.
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
One of the many things students tell us they love about Scranton is that our dedicated faculty and staff are very active in helping them achieve their career goals. As you walk across campus, you’ll often see students chatting with professors over coffee to share ideas.
Whether it’s advising or providing letters of references, faculty and staff make it their priority to get to know each student on an individual level. That deep level of understanding means that our experienced faculty members are not only top teachers and strong researchers, but also advocates for you professionally.