B.S. Health Education
Concentration in Community Health
The Community Health Education degree provides students with the knowledge and training to pursue employment in public, volunteer, and private health agencies. Health educators are described as those who promote, maintain and improve health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Health educators collect and analyze data to identify needs that are used to plan, implement and evaluate programs that encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments.
This degree was developed using the Responsibilities and Competencies of Health Educators, developed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Successful completion of the Community Health Education program fully prepares students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist certification.
Completion of this degree program also requires a minor program of study. This is chosen by the student and advisor and must be approved by the student's Health Education advisor. The program also requires a semester long internship experience.
Concentration in Human Services
In collaboration with Educational Psychology and Research, the concentration in Human Services is designed for students interested in the helping profession. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.
Coursework includes but is not limited to interviewing and intervention skills, case management, human development, ethics in the helping professions, assessment/treatment, planning interventions, theories, human behavior and social welfare and public policy.
Examples of job titles common to Human Services occupations may include rehabilitation case worker, social service liaison, drug abuse counselor, social service aide, probation officer, home health aide, and others. This concentration was developed using the National Organization of Human Services standards and prepares students to sit for the Certification in Human Services.