Students who earn a B.S. Degree in Health Sciences - Community Health Education will be prepared to enter a career path that strives to improve the health of individuals and communities.
Students will gain knowledge and experience in ways to protect and promote the health of the public through health promotion, health education, and disease prevention programs and activities. The aim of improving health outcomes of individuals and communities is to reduce disease, promote healthy behaviors, encourage the use of available healthcare services, and reduce healthcare costs.
Graduates of the community health education concentration are eligible to earn a Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Students will be prepared to understand principles involved in exercise science and general fitness. Among the many available careers, graduates might manage a wellness center or work with the elderly in rehabilitation. Program graduates will understand the basics of kinesiology, body mechanics, exercise physiology, nutrition, and overall fitness.
Students will be prepared to understand and communicate evidence-based principles of nutrition science. They will understand metabolism and the role of nutrition in health, be able to identify and guide others towards healthy dietary and related life-style choices, and be adept in promoting overall wellness on both a personal and communal level.
Pre-Professional advisement sequence will allow students to select 30 semester credit hours from among Health Sciences courses in order to prepare for admission to a Health Sciences graduate program. Students in the pre-professional track will complete the program core and general education courses common to all Health Sciences students.