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BS in Community Health Education

Students interested in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to become successful and effective community health educators may want to consider the fully online Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education program offered by Southern New Hampshire University. Read on to find out more about the curriculum of this online program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to SNHU's Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education program may have an interest in elevating the health of individuals through promoting healthy lifestyles. Their career may allow them to share their passion for helping others and apply. strong communication and critical-thinking skills. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education program could meet the needs of students looking to prepare for roles where they promote health and develop community health education programs. The courses are designed to help students learn the most important components of community health education, including disease prevention, community health promotion and assessment, and public health education. Students can also take courses that help them learn how to recognize current trends in public health, analyze health programs for efficiency and quality, identify health disparities, and create effective health communication campaigns. This program was designed to meet the competencies defined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing for Health Educator Specialists and may prepare students for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

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Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education:

Community Health Education Major Courses

  • CHE 110: Introduction to Community Health Education
  • IHP 200: Wellness Across the Lifespan
  • CHE 220: Communicable Diseases
  • PHE 327: Research and Assessment in Public Health
  • PHE 340: Social and Behavioral Health
  • IHP 330: Principles of Epidemiology
  • CHE 300: Methods and Materials in Health Education
  • PHE 425: Programming Planning in Public Health
  • CHE 350: Program Administration
  • PHE 423: Evaluation Methods in Public Health
  • CHE 460: Health Communication, Social Marketing, and Advocacy
  • CHE 490: Community Health Capstone
  • 12 credit hours of CHE, IHP, or PHE courses with at least 9 credits at the 300 to 400-level

General Education Courses

  • 12 credits of Foundation Area courses
  • 24 credits of Exploration Area courses
  • 9 credits of Integration Area courses

(Note: Students must take IHP 340, BIO 210, and PSY 108 as General Education requirements.)

Free Electives

  • 27 credits of free elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

SNHU graduates interested in enhancing their skills beyond the Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education program in order to prepare for advanced positions can do so by pursuing a master's degree. An advanced degree could lead to greater responsibilities or to upper-level positions in public health education. These programs could also help students learn more about specialized areas, such as public health or healthcare management. Some graduate program options include:

  • Master of Science in Public Health
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Science in Health Promotion

Career Paths:

After successfully completing the Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education program at Southern New Hampshire University, graduates could be ready to pursue career opportunities within a variety of settings, including schools and colleges, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Community Health Consultant
  • Community Health Education Coordinator
  • Education Coordinator
  • Health Educator
  • Health Promotion Specialist

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