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.

Program Goals

The overall goals of the CHE major are to prepare students to:

  1. Promote health and wellness in the community and organizational settings
  2. Educate and provide information to health consumers that would improve health management and develop disease prevention programs
  3. Be actively involved in researching, analyzing, and identifying ways to enhance healthcare services

Learning Outcomes

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

Career Opportunities

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 101Intro to Health Education3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
EDT 211Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn3
CHE 201Medical Terminology3
Total Credit Hours12


ECON 201Prin: Macroeconomics3
COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
COMP 280Business Writing & Rhetoric3
BIOL 103Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 105Anatomy and Physiology IIA4
SOC 200Understanding Society3
or SOC 201 Contemporary Social Problems
PHILAny Philosophy Course3
EXPS 410Multicult in School and Soc3
Select one of the following:4
College Algebra
Calc I for Biology & Life Sci
Calculus I
Total Credit Hours30

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.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits


Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Major Requirements

HPS 430Health Behavior & Health Educ3
PSYC 455Health Psychology3
PSYC 440Abnormal Psychology3
EDC 454Formal & Informal Testing&Eval3
HPS 364Health Policy and Admin3
HPS 404Financing Health & Medical Sys3
BA 330Managerial Communication3
HPS 410Quantitative Research3
or PSYC 381 Prin of Stat and Exper Design
HPS 442Medical Ethics3
EDC 400Adult Learning:Theory/Practice3
CHE 401CHE Methods3
EDF 450Hlth, Nutr, & PE/Clsrm Tchrs2
HPS 440Medical Sociology3
or SOC 440 Medical Sociology
OB 354Behavior in Organization3
BA 320Proj Mgmt & Leadership Skills3
CHE 402Internship CHE3
Total Credit Hours47

CHE Internship

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.

Capstone Project

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.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 101 and CHE 201 and EDC 400

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