The Masters of Community Health program will prepare you to make the most of today’s changing health and wellness environment and help make a difference in the locations in which you live and work. During this accelerated program – which can be completed in just one year – you’ll focus on mastering the key components of community health education, prevention and outreach. Through our unique purpose-centered education model, each semester you will be engaged in a constructive action that provides real-world experience. Over the course of the program, you will develop a community health project that involves assessing community health needs, working with stakeholders to develop a project that meets those needs, implementing your project and evaluating the results

The program has been designed to meet the standards of the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Students who complete the program will qualify to take the NCHEC Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, which is the only nationally recognized credential in the field.

What Is a Community Health Educator?

Community health educators use data collected on various populations to understand and develop health and wellness programs to meet community needs and advocate with governmental agencies for the development of programs and funding to improve community health. They teach people how to live healthy lives, obtain preventive screenings, and avoid costly diseases, medical procedures and unnecessary hospitalizations. They engage in preventive education programs that explain how individuals can reduce the probability of contracting illnesses such as lung cancer, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, heart disease, diabetes, hepatitis and skin cancer and engage community resources in these efforts. In addition, they work in the community to develop programs that cope with expected life changes such as prenatal and well-baby care programs; sex, suicide and drug education programs for teens; and exercise and nutrition programs for senior citizens. They focus on harm reduction strategies to decrease cigarette smoking, excessive drinking, obesity, unprotected sexual behaviors and illicit substance abuse.

Admissions requirements:

  • A completed application for graduate admission.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, with proof that a bachelor’s degree was earned from an accredited college or university.

  • An Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • One course in Human Biology.

  • 15 credits in psychology, sociology or government.

  • One course in Statistics.

  • Two professional letters of recommendation.

  • Personal Statement: A 300–500-word essay describing the proposed community health need the student will develop and work on during the program.

  • A current Resume.

  • Interview with Dean/Director or designee of the program.

U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics:

  • Employment of health educators is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

  • 6 out of 10 health educators work in healthcare and social assistance.

  • 3 out of 10 work in state and local government

  • The median annual wage for health educators was $54,220 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,030, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $98,530.

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