The Lock Haven University Department of Health Science is pleased to announce the name change of its Community Health track to Community and Public Health Education. According to the department, the new name better reflects the coursework taken by students. In addition, the track situates students for a growing job market. BLS.gov predicts employment of health education specialists to grow by 13% between 2014 and 2024. In Pennsylvania, the annual mean salary of a health educator is $60,430.
Health Education Specialists work in a variety of settings. The areas of greatest
employment are hospitals/clinics, state and local government (health departments),
and social service organizations.
The work responsibilities include assessing community needs and resources, planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs designed to improve individual and community health, and enhancing community health through advocacy and health policies. (NCHEC.org)
According to APHA, “Public health education is one of the 5 core discipline areas of public health. Students in the Community & Public Health Education track develop competence in the areas of health education through coursework, service-learning, and experiential learning. Students in the Community & Public Health Education track also develop foundational public health competencies in the areas of epidemiology, statistics, environmental health, and administration.”
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