Community Health Programs
Community Health provides training in the disciplines of community health education and public health. The Master of Arts in Health Education and the Master of Science in Health Education prepare graduate students in the seven major areas of responsibility recognized by NCHEC (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.) Those core competencies include:
- Assessing individual and community needs for health education
- Planning effective health education programs
- Implementing health education programs
- Evaluating the effectiveness of health education programs
- Coordinating provision of health education services
- Acting as a resource person in health education
- Communicating health and health education needs, concerns and resources.
Community health professionals may work in: community health agencies, hospitals, clinics, HMOs, wellness organizations, physician offices, federal, state, and local government health agencies and many other types of health care organizations.
The Master of Public Health degree provides training in the discipline of public health which focuses on the health needs of communities and populations domestically and internationally. The core curriculum includes the five core areas of public health (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Environmental Health, and Health Care Administration) and offers courses and an internship and capstone project that prepare graduates to enter the field of Public Health as program planners, researchers, evaluators, and educators. The focus of the degree affords the student the opportunity to develop a general skill set that enables them to work in a variety of settings.
The program trains students as community public health professionals with a more general focus on public health. Students are encouraged to focus their coursework on a specific area of interest to them, choose an internship site that emphasizes their interest area, and plan a capstone project focused in the same area. In this way, students can become very knowledgeable about public health issues related to their specific area of interest.
The dual degree programs train health professionals in the core areas of public health. The application of the public health skill set added to the skills learned within their clinical/behavioral primary degree instills a public health perspective into the classes taken in their primary area of study.