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Academic Information: -  top


What is Community Health?  top

The Bachelor of Science in Community Health deals with the complexities of human behavior with the expressed purpose of promoting healthy lifestyles. A degree in Community Health provides students with the competencies necessary to become an effective Health Educator. On completion of the BS degree in Health, students are eligible for careers in health-related fields. Community Health is housed in the Department of Health & Sport Sciences.


Career Information  - top


Possible Job Titles  - top

Community Health education is a social science that draws from the biological, environmental, psychological, physical, and medical sciences to promote health and prevent disease, disability and premature death through education-driven voluntary behavior change activities.

Community Health education is the development of individual, group, institutional, community, and systemic strategies to improve health knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behavior.

The job of a community health educator is to positively influence the health behavior of individuals and communities as well as the living and working conditions that influence their health.

  • Health and Physical Ed. Teacher
  • Coach Recreation
  • Therapy Dance instructor
  • Occupational Therapy*
  • Dance Therapy
  • Early childhood motor skills instructor
  • Outdoor education instructor
  • Weight-control counselor
  • Sports medicine physician*
  • Youth sports coach
  • Sports nutritionist*
  • Intramural director
  • Sports psychologist*
  • Camp Director
  • AIDS Educator
  • Alcohol Educator/Counselor
  • Cancer Information Specialist
  • Cardiac Rehab Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Community Health Educator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Community Organizer
  • Community Services Director
  • Corporate Fundraiser
  • Corporate Fitness Coordinator
  • Cultural Competency Trainer
  • Diet Counselor
  • Director of Volunteers
  • Disability Evaluator
  • Domestic Violence Educator
  • Drug Counselor
  • Drug Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Elder Nutrition Coordinator
  • Elder Services Director
  • Eligibility Specialist
  • Employee Assistance Program Director
  • Environmental Advocate
  • Environmental Educator
  • Epidemiology Assistant
  • Events Coordinator
  • Family Life Educator
  • Family Planning Counselor
  • Family Services Specialist
  • Fire Prevention Specialist
  • Fitness Counselor
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant Writer
  • Grassroots Organizer
  • Head Start Health Specialist
  • Health Advocate
  • Health and Safety Specialist
  • Health and Wellness Coordinator
  • Health Education Director
  • Health Counselor
  • Health Education Coordinator
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Health Educator
  • Community health manager
  • Public health manager
  • Director of programs and services
  • Health communications specialist
  • Health policy advocate
  • Director of Volunteers
  • Disability Evaluator
  • Domestic Violence Educator
  • Drug Counselor
  • Drug Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Elder Nutrition Coordinator
  • Elder Services Director
  • Eligibility Specialist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Protective service worker
  • Government careers
  • Athletic Trainer*
  • Sports Official
  • Professional Athlete
  • Agency Recreation Leader
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Exercise Physiologist*
  • Entrepreneur
  • Health Marketing Coordinator
  • Health Promotion Programmer
  • Health Resource Specialist
  • Health Workshop Instructor
  • Healthy Start Coordinator
  • High School Teacher, Health
  • Health Media Consultant
  • International Health Worker
  • Lactation Consultant
  • Media Specialist
  • Medical Supply Sales Rep
  • Occupational Health and Safety Director
  • Patient Education Coordinator
  • Patient Educator
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep
  • Prevention Program Director
  • Program Evaluator
  • Program/Events Coordinator
  • Program Resource Coordinator
  • Program Specialist
  • Protective Services Worker
  • Public Information Specialist
  • Public Health Inspector
  • Rape Prevention Educator
  • Recruitment and Training Director
  • *Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Safety Educator
  • Senior Services Coordinator
  • Sex Educator
  • *Social Services Coordinator
  • Support Services Supervisor
  • Teen Outreach Coordinator
  • Teen Parent Educator
  • Tobacco Educator
  • Volunteer Services Coordinator
  • Well Baby Educator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Wellness Consultant
  • Women's Health Director
  • Women's Shelter Director
  • Worksite Safety Educator
  • Youth Educator
  • Youth and Family Counselor
  • Youth Outreach Coordinator
  • Youth Program Specialist
  • Health Information Specialist
  • Health Journalist
  • Health Maintenance organizations
  • AIDS Educator
  • Alcohol Educator/Counselor
  • Cancer Information Specialist
  • Cardiac Rehab Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Community Health Educator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Community Organizer
  • Community Services Director
  • Women’s Shelter Director
  • Worksite Safety Educator
  • Youth Educator
  • Youth and Family Counselor
  • Youth Outreach Coordinator
  • Youth Program Specialist

*These occupations would require further education and/or certification. Others above also may require further education and/or certification.


Typical Places of Employment  -  top

Medical Facilities

Hospitals and other health care providers employ community health educators to provide patients with information in areas like pregnancy and childbirth, hypertension and weight control. In addition to planning and teaching courses, you might be involved in evaluating or promoting program outcomes.

Private Companies

Businesses and corporations employ graduates with community health degrees to help maximize their employees' effectiveness and efficiency. You may work with employers to develop, implement and analyze health programs focusing on issues like stress management, nutrition and job safety.

Government Agencies

Government agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), deal with a variety of health issues ranging from the local to the national level. As a graduate of a community health degree program, you could implement or develop programs for an organization specializing in the areas of heart disease, cancer or AIDS, to name a few.

You also might find a job with your state's public health department, though a master's degree may be a requirement for these positions. Professionals in this sector may organize media releases or keep health care professionals abreast of the department's policy decisions.

Non-Profit Organizations

Community health educators also work for non-profit organizations, such as the YMCA or a community health center. You may educate the public about available resources, such as free health screenings or lectures. You also might create print materials about disease prevention methods. This information may be addressed to specific groups, such as women or children.

  • Industry (private, public companies)
  • Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Schools
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Centers
  • Public Gyms
  • Federal, State and Local Governments
  • Federal, state, and local health agencies
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Consumer advocacy organizations
  • Wellness programs
  • State legislative committees
  • Voluntary health agencies
  • Relief agencies
  • Community-based programs
  • Crisis centers
  • Hospitals
  • Health Maintenance organizations
  • Health Departments
  • Family Planning Agencies
  • Spas and Resorts
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Retirement Communities
  • Health education
  • Global health
  • Environmental health
  • Health administration
  • Public health
  • International organizations
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Health services delivery organizations
  • Stress, depression, and suicide
  • Substance abuse centers and agencies
  • Centers for the aging
  • Corporations/Businesses

Required Skills and Abilities -  top

  • Assess physical education needs and place in classes in accordance with their health status and ability.
  • Direct and guide people in a broad range of activities to help them develop skills such as accuracy, agility, balance, coordination, power, rhythm, strength, timing, and other attributes needed in physical activities.
  • Lead groups in classes in games, dance, gymnastics, and fitness activities.
  • Dealing with parents or guardians
  • Lesson planning
  • Summarizing ideas
  • Detailed oriented
  • Flexibility
  • Team player
  • Creativity
  • Computer skills
  • Teach a sports skills.
  • Instruct students in nutrition, the use of equipment.
  • Prepare a budget for materials and equipment.
  • Meet with parents, school counselors, and school staff, to keep the community informed about the physical education and sports programs.
  • Ability to teach / train
  • Explaining ideas clearly
  • Writing and presenting
  • Decision making
  • Organization
  • Planning

Alumni Resources  - top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

-Frank  Digiovannatonio - MD - Rehabilitation Center of Southern Maryland - Occupational Therapist


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