Community Health Education
The Community Health Education (CHE) major is a multidisciplinary program that incorporates biological sciences, health studies, economics, psychology, sociology, and education to promote health and disease prevention by educating individuals and communities on behaviors and actions to improve health and well-being.
CHE offers a comprehensive education that incorporates the seven areas of responsibility for health education specialists as part of the Certified Health Education Specialist examination offered by the National Commission for Healthcare Education Credentialing. Graduates will be prepared to take the certification examination.
The overall goals of the CHE major are to prepare students to:
- Promote health and wellness in the community and organizational settings
- Educate and provide information to health consumers that would improve health management and develop disease prevention programs
- Be actively involved in researching, analyzing, and identifying ways to enhance healthcare services
The degree in CHE will provide a framework for students to:
- Assess the needs of the people they serve
- Develop programs and events for teaching people and communities about health topics
- Understand marketing and communication for health education
- Evaluate and improve effectiveness of health education programs
- Manage health education programs and staff
- Advocate for improved health resources and policies
Community health educators work in schools, hospitals, clinics, community organizations, non-profit agencies, companies, and governmental agencies. Career options include:
- Health Education and Planning
- Industrial Health Educator
- Patient Educator
- Public Health Education
- Youth and Senior Citizen Health Programming and Education
Degree-seeking students are required to fulfill the required courses in effect at the time they are admitted or readmitted to the program. Since these are subject to change, students should see an advisor for current requirements.
Prerequisites are ideally taken in the freshman and sophomore years when the student is fulfilling lower distribution requirements. These include:
|CHE 101||Intro to Health Education||3|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|EDT 211||Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn||3|
|CHE 201||Medical Terminology||3|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
|ECON 201||Prin: Macroeconomics||3|
|COMP 105||Writing & Rhetoric I||3|
|COMP 280||Business Writing & Rhetoric||3|
|BIOL 103||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIOL 105||Anatomy and Physiology IIA||4|
|SOC 200||Understanding Society||3|
|or SOC 201||Contemporary Social Problems|
|PHIL||Any Philosophy Course||3|
|EXPS 410||Multicult in School and Soc||3|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Calc I for Biology & Life Sci|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement
The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.
Areas of Inquiry
- Lecture/Lab Science Course
- Additional Science Course
|HPS 430||Health Behavior & Health Educ||3|
|PSYC 455||Health Psychology||3|
|PSYC 440||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|EDC 454||Formal & Informal Testing&Eval||3|
|HPS 364||Health Policy and Admin||3|
|HPS 404||Financing Health & Medical Sys||3|
|BA 330||Managerial Communication||3|
|HPS 410||Quantitative Research||3|
|or PSYC 381||Prin of Stat and Exper Design|
|HPS 442||Medical Ethics||3|
|EDC 400||Adult Learning:Theory/Practice||3|
|CHE 401||CHE Methods||3|
|EDF 450||Hlth, Nutr, & PE/Clsrm Tchrs||2|
|HPS 440||Medical Sociology||3|
|or SOC 440||Medical Sociology|
|OB 354||Behavior in Organization||3|
|BA 320||Proj Mgmt & Leadership Skills||3|
|CHE 402||Internship CHE||3|
|Total Credit Hours||47|
The practicum course is designed to assist students in launching or advancing a career in community health education. Students will be expected to actively engage at the practicum site and become an involved member of the seminar-based class. Class sessions will emphasize steps necessary for successfully entering and working within the community health field setting. In addition, class sessions will focus on demonstration of health education skills and competencies, exploration of current health issues, understanding the resilient strength of diverse communities, accessing appropriate community resources, learning from peer experiences, and planning for a career as a health education practitioner. Internships are available in several Detroit area health and human service agencies. Student services will work with students for placement once junior status has been achieved.
The ability to provide quality professional development/training for adults within the fields of health and human services is critical for the effective health educator. It is also essential that practitioners are able to engage in collaboration with other health professionals as they design professional development/training projects. For this capstone project, students will need to work in teams to develop a plan for professional development/training for the adult learners. This coursework and project will include a formal presentation to peers and a paper submission.
CHE 101 Intro to Health Education 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of community health education. Students will explore the theoretical and practical issues of health education and will identify and apply health education principles to health challenges facing individuals, groups and communities.
CHE 201 Medical Terminology 3 Credit Hours
This course will focus on an in-depth presentation of medical language to serve as a solid foundation for students interested in health care, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, or related careers. Medical terminology for both health and disease is presented in relation to human structure and function. Understanding of the course content builds a framework by introducing the key terms as they are applied to specific body systems.
CHE 401 CHE Methods 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to prepare students with skills necessary to implement health education programs within the context of community health settings. Emphasis will be placed on a variety of community health education methods and strategies including but not limited to educational presentations and material development, mass media and media advocacy, legislative action and involvement, community organization, and working with groups.
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services
CHE 402 Internship CHE 3 Credit Hours
CHE 402 Internship in Community Health Education is designed to provide opportunities for students to develop, enhance, and assess health education skills and competencies in the direct application of community health education. Students will observe an academically prepared health educator within a health service agency/organization and be directly involved in the delivery of health education and will reflect on learning experiences and discuss health education issues within the seminar sessions.
Prerequisite(s): CHE 101
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services
An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.
Frequency of Offering
The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally