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Community Health Education (AS) - 60 credits

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


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


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.



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.

The focus of this 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 education managers, health advocates and referral professionals.  Upon completion, students are prepared to link health care and related social services with under-served communities to reduce health disparities, prevent disease and encourage health behavior change through integrative health practices.

Health educators may be employed in clinics and community organizations that emphasize outreach, education, advocacy and goal writing to promote health.

The AS degree program provides students with a means to add to their knowledge by continuing with bachelor's and  graduate degree options.

Core 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

Complete additional HLTH or EXSC courses totaling 5 credits to reach 24 credits of required coursework

Additional Required Courses- 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 Math Trek: Mathematics for Liberal Arts 3
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC 1104 Introduction to Sociology 3

Complete 10 additional credits from MnTC Goals 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 to reach 36 General Education/MnTC  credits.

Other Degree Requirements

  • If needed, complete additional courses to reach 60 credits total.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.  

    Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)