Community Health Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Community Health Education (CHE) is a multidisciplinary program that incorporates coursework in health, biology, economics, psychology, sociology, and education.  CHE students are trained to promote health and disease prevention by educating individuals and communities on behaviors and actions intended 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 CHES certification examination and become credentialed as a health educator.

Program Goals

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

  1. Promote health and wellness in 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 students with a comprehensive biopsychosocial framework on which to build the following job skills and abilities:

  • 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 the effectiveness of health education programs and materials

  • Help people find health services or information

  • Manage health education programs and staff

  • Collect and analyze data to better describe target audiences and improve programs

  • 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

  • Corporate Wellness

  • Youth and Senior Citizen Health Education

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

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

CHE students are required to complete 42-credit hours in core required courses exposing them to a variety of academic and professional disciplines.

Core Requirements (42-credit hours)

BIOL 103Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 105Anatomy and Physiology IIA4
CHE 101Intro to Health Education3
CHE 201Medical Terminology3
COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
COMP 280Business Writing & Rhetoric3
ECON 201Prin: Macroeconomics3
EDT 211Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn3
EXPS 410Multicult in School and Soc3
Philosophy (Any Philosophy Course)3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 200Understanding Society3
Contemporary Social Problems
MATH 104College Algebra4
Calc I for Biology & Life Sci
Calculus I
Total Credit Hours42

Major Courses (50-credit hours)

BA 320Proj Mgmt & Leadership Skills3
BA 330Managerial Communication3
CHE 4013
CHE 402Internship CHE3
EDC 400Adult Learning:Theory/Practice3
EDC 454Formal & Informal Testing&Eval2-3
EDF 450Hlth, Nutr, & PE/Clsrm Tchrs2
HHS 250Intro to Environmental Health3
HHS 350Comm Organizing for Health3
HPS 364Health Policy and Admin3
HPS 404Financing Health & Medical Sys3
HPS 410Quantitative Research4
HPS 4303
HPS 440Medical Sociology3
HPS 442Medical Ethics3
PSYC 455Health Psychology3
PSYC 440Abnormal Psychology3
Total Credit Hours50-51

Elective Courses (28-credit hours)

Additional elective courses will be required to meet minimum credit hours for graduation.  Please refer to Dearborn Discovery Core requirements to ensure those are met.  120 total credit hours required.

CHE Internship

The CHE 402 internship 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 internship 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 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 health education and health interventions to the intended target audience is critical for the effective health educator.  It is also essential that practitioners are able to engage collaboratively with other health professionals as they design effective methods and materials. In the CHE 401 course, students will work collaboratively on educational presentations and material development, mass media and media advocacy, legislative action and involvement, community organization, and working with groups.