Our Community Health and Human Services program prepares professionals to work on improving the quality of life for others through health education, social service program, and non-profit work.

Community Health refers to the health status of a defined group of people and the actions and conditions, both private and public (governmental), to promote, protect, and preserve their health. Community Health is a dynamic and evolving discipline that encompasses health education and health promotion. Health educators develop programs and policies directed at reducing risk factors, decreasing acute and chronic disease burden, and promoting health through the adoption of healthy lifestyles.

Health educators collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy behaviors, policies, and environments. They may serve as a resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education and health promotion programs. Through a unique blend of education and research, health educators empower individuals and communities to make informed choices regarding health and wellness.

The field of Human Services is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. 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.

A human services professional holds professional and paraprofessional jobs in such diverse settings as group homes and halfway houses; correctional, intellectual disability, and community mental health centers; family, child, and youth service agencies, and programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, and aging. Depending on the employment setting and the kinds of clients served there, job titles and duties vary a great deal. A strong desire to help others is an important consideration for a job as a human services worker. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others are highly valued by employers. Other important personal traits include communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively.

At the undergraduate level, we offer a major in Community Health and Human Services with a concentration in either community health or human services.

The Community Health concentration 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 (CHES) certification. We also offer a minor in Community Health.

The Human Services concentration was developed using the National Organization of Human Services (NOHS) standards and prepares students to sit for the Certification in Human Services. We also offer a minor in Human Services. Both the Human Services concentration and the minor are offered entirely online.

At the graduate level, we offer Master of Arts in Education in Community Health with the option of a Non-Profit Management Graduate Certificate. We also offer a Ph.D. in Community Health Promotion.