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Community Health Education (AS)

Why Choose Community Health Education?

Community Health Education is a rewarding field for individuals interested in teaching behaviors and knowledge that will lead to a healthy lifestyle. It is also a field experiencing rapid growth.

Skills Acquired

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Community Health Education programs include topics such as:

  • Health policy
  • Community health programs
  • Health law enforcement
  • Research methodology
  • Disease prevention
  • Management and administration

Careers in Community Health Education

Projected Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth of 21% percent for Health Educators and Community Health workers between 2012 and 2022.

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who study Community Health Education typically pursue careers in:

  • College Health Specialties Teachers
  • Teachers
  • Health Communications
  • Community Activists
  • Community Health Education Specialists
  • Program Managers
  • Health and Wellness Coordinators
  • Health Advocates
  • Outreach Coordinators
  • Health Educators
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Community Health Program Coordinator
  • Assistant Director for Wellness Programs
  • HIV Counseling & Testing Services
  • Public Health Worker
  • Community Health Advisor
  • Community Health Counselor
  • Community Health Outreach Worker

Average Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, community health educators earned an annual median salary of $41,830 ($20.11) nationally.

Description

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Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.

Degrees & Certificates in Community Health Education

The Associate of Science degree in Community Health Education and the Associate of Arts degree with Emphasis in Integrative Wellness will provide lower division coursework on which to base a four-year degree in health-related subject areas.

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This program provides students an opportunity to complete an Associate of Science in Community Health Education.

The focus of the program prepares students with the foundational knowledge in Health Education to transfer to a baccalaureate degree that educates students to serve as program facilitators, health advocates and referral professionals linking health care and related social services with the under-served communities to reduce health disparities, prevent disease and encourage health behavior change through in integrative health approach.

Community health professionals use content, educational skills and knowledge to research and assess the needs of a community plus develop, implement, coordinate and evaluate health education programs.

Health educators may be employed in community organizations, outreach, industry, family planning and community clinics, advocacy groups and work-site promotion.

The baccalaureate degree program provides a foundation for students, not only through classroom content but by requiring an internship and many service learning opportunities which will allow students exposure to a variety of graduate degree options.

General Education Requirements - 36 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
BIOL 2042 Human Physiology 4
CHEM 1061 Principles of Chemistry 1 5
COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MATH 1020 Mathematics for Liberal Arts 3
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC 1104 Introduction to Sociology 3

MnTC Electives - One course from each of the following goals:

6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (10 credits) to reach 36 credits in General Education coursework.

Core Required Courses - 24 credits

Code Title Credits
BIOL 2041 Human Anatomy 4
HLTH 1104 Personal and Community Health 3
HLTH 1106 Drug Use and Abuse 3
HLTH 1107 Principles of Nutrition 3
HLTH 2209 Emergency Medical Responder 3
HLTH 2010 Healthcare in the US 3

HLTH/EXSC Electives for 5 credits.