Community Health

Community Health Education

The Lock Haven University Department of Health Science Community Health track prepares students for entry level community health education and promotion positions in a variety of settings including community health organizations, clinics, worksites, hospitals, health care organizations and public health agencies. Community health education and promotion is an eclectic and exciting field of work. Typical tasks of health education professionals include assessing populations and developing and evaluating health programs designed to change health behaviors and improve overall health.

The LHU Community Health program provides theoretical and experiential educational opportunities for students to gain skills in the following Health Education Specialist areas of responsibility.

  1. Assess needs, assets, and capacity for health education
  2. Plan health education
  3. Implement health education
  4. Conduct evaluation and research related to health education
  5. Administer and manage health education
  6. Serve as a health education resource person
  7. Communicate and advocate for health and health education.

Common job titles for our graduates include public health educator, health educator, health education specialist, health promotion coordinator, health coach, patient health educator, health advisor, and wellness coordinator. 

  • According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for health educators is expected to increase 21% from 2012 to 2022.1
  • The average annual salary range for health educators is $28,680 - $87, 770, depending upon work site, education level and geographic location.2 More detailed information can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site, http://www.bls.gov

Program Credentialing

The Lock Haven University Community Health program has been credentialed by the SOPHE/AAHE Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee (SABPAC) since January 2007.

Being a Health Education Specialist

Sources:

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Health Educators and Community Health Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm).
  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupation Employment Statistics, May 2013, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211091.htm
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