What You'll Study
Community and Public Health Education is an expanding field of work. This track will prepare you for entry-level community health and public health education and promotion positions in settings such as public health departments, non-profit agencies, corporations, and hospitals. Typical tasks of health education professionals include assessing the health of populations and planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs designed to change health behaviors and improve overall health. Graduates will be prepared to sit for national exams and enter graduate programs.
Topics covered include:
- Community and Public Health Issues
- Cultural Aspects of Health
- Community Health Strategies
- Planning and Evaluation in Health Education/Promotion
The minor in Community and Public Health Education minor is designed to provide students with the skills and tools to identify community health needs utilize problem solving abilities, mobilize resources to develop, promote, implement, evaluate and facilitate strategies to improve health status. The community Health minor will help the student develop skills in identifying the behavioral and environmental causes of community health concerns, facilitating community organizing and out-reach efforts, identifying and writing appropriate grant funding, understanding and responding to data driven statistics concerning current and future health status, develop grass root coalition building, and developing, producing and evaluating media campaigns.
Mission Statement and Purpose: Our goal is to inform Lock Haven University students about major public health related issues and their relevance to the campus. We inform students on prevention, awareness, and action to public health issues by sponsoring activities, speakers, and research.
Member Benefits: Active members can benefit by the following:
- Learn about leading public health concerns related to student health
- Discover career paths in Community and Public Health Education
- Help plan various public health- related events on and off-campus
Average Number of Members: 5-10
Active Membership Requirement: Student interest
Meeting Schedule: Biweekly
Annual Events: We participate in a variety of events including service projects, campus condom distribution, semesterly guest speakers, and sponsor film showings.
Social Media: Please like to join our Facebook page Lock Haven University Public Health Education
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Frederick Schulze can be contacted for further information.
- Program Mission: The mission of the Community Health track is to prepare health education specialists with the 21st century skills to guide and empower individuals and communities for the improvement, protection, maintenance, and promotion of health and health supporting environments.
- Graduates of the Lock Haven University Department of Health Science Community Health track are eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam given by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Additionally, the program prepares students for advanced graduate education in areas such as public health and community health.
- Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
- Field Experience: As a Health Science major you will be required to complete a professional field experience
that serves as a culminating experience linking academic preparedness to an experience
that matches your career goals and aspirations.
- PSU Cooperative Extension
- Health Coalitions
- Drug & Alcohol Commission
- AIDS Resource
- Women’s Health Center
- River Valley Health & Dental Center
- UPMC Susquehanna Life Center (outreach education)
- Facilities: Lock Haven University provides exceptional, state-of-the-art facilities for the Health Science program. There are athletic training facilities, an exercise physiology lab, rehabilitation center, and gross human anatomy (cadaver dissection) lab.
- Careers: Common job titles for our graduates include:
- Public Health Educator
- Health Educator
- Health Education Specialist
- Health Promotion Coordinator
- Health Coach
- Patient Health Educator
- Health Advisor
- Wellness Coordinator
According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for health educators is expected to increase 21% from 2012 to 2022