Fuel your passion for healthy living and helping others by earning an online Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education at Southern New Hampshire University. The online bachelor’s program focuses on improving the health of individuals based on their lifestyle needs. You’ll explore effective ways to plan, develop, implement and evaluate community health programs. You’ll also learn the critical components of public health education such as social and behavioral health, research and assessment, epidemiology and chronic and communicable diseases.
The online BS in Community Health Education program aligns to the competencies defined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing for Health Educator Specialists. The program will prepare you to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination, offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
Community health educators teach individuals how to attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. In the online Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education program, you’ll explore the many functions and responsibilities of a community health educator and gain the skills and knowledge needed to be successful and effective in public health education.
Throughout the online BS in Community Health Education program, you’ll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of enrolling in the online bachelor’s in community health education program at SNHU include:
Employment in the community health education field is projected to increase dramatically through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Demand for community health workers will increase 25 percent, more than twice the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors and utilization of available healthcare services.
SNHU’s online BS in Community Health Education program will prepare you for a variety of roles within the high-growth public health education field, including:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, community health educators work in a variety of settings, such as:
In the online Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education program, you’ll explore how to effectively plan, develop, implement and evaluate community health education programs.
This gateway course introduces students to the field of community health education. The course provides a broad overview of the field including: community health organization, epidemiology, planning and assessment strategies such as MAPP, professionals in the field, and the status of the nation's health. Healthy People 2020 and Centers for Disease Control are covered as important resources. The course explores the key professional organizations such as Society for Public Health Education, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, American Public Health Association, and The Wellness Council of America. Students are introduced to the responsibilities, competencies, and skills of the community health education entry-level professional. The student ePortfolios are developed and implemented in this course.
This course examines the stages of human development and life events that influence health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Using a developmental theoretical framework the course focuses on early adulthood through old age and death. Key topics include psychosocial and biological theories of aging, the changing body, cognitive development and disorders of the brain, social and relationship issues, work, and retirement.
The nature and cause of human communicable diseases are explored in this course. Students are introduced to concepts of pathological process from a public health perspective. A review of historical and contemporary disease patterns are examined based on an understanding of pathogenic, behavioral, and environmental factors. The course covers selected common communicable diseases, and chronic or lifestyle diseases. In addition, students look at disease prevention, treatment, and control approaches along with strategies promoting health behavior.
Students in this class will develop the introductory knowledge and skills to apply assessment instruments, data collection, research designs, and statistical analysis to assess need, assets, and capacity for health education programs. Existing data sets will be introduced that will increase access to information to develop and implement health promotion projects that are fiscally feasible while meeting specific health promotion needs of a targeted population.
The course provides an overview of the contribution of the social and behavioral sciences to health behavior. Social and behavioral science fundamentals (principles, theories, research, and techniques) that are employed to address current and past public health problems are examined. Key concepts such culture, race/ethnicity, gender, poverty/disparities, factors related to behavior change, community, organizational climate, family are examined from a social and behavioral sciences perspective.
This course presents the basic principles of epidemiology with particular emphasis on applications in healthcare management. Topics include specific tools of epidemiology used for purposes of planning, monitoring, and evaluating population health. These include identification of disease, measures of incidence and prevalence, study designs, confidence intervals, p-values, statistical interaction, causal inference, and survival analysis. Methods for managing the health of populations using an understanding of the factors that influence population health are discussed. Strategies that health care organizations and systems can use to control these factors are also considered.
The goal of this course is to explore innovative, meaningful and effective teaching and learning approaches and materials in community health education. Students learn about curriculum planning and development, teaching strategies, creative learning resources and materials in school, workplace and community settings. Topics include: developing teaching materials and methods that are culturally and age appropriate.
The purpose of this course is to provide basic knowledge in public health sciences, and practical skills to effectively plan, implement, and manage programs that address public health problems in a variety of settings. The course explores key concepts, theories, and methods in planning and implementing successful health promotion programs and healthy public policy.
This course provides a strong foundation of the theories, principles, and practices in program administration of public health education and health promotion programs in a variety of settings on local, state, national, and international levels. Topics include: healthcare services and public health, the uninsured, public health law, emergency health preparedness.
This course will cover contextual issues surrounding evaluation, evaluation designs and methodological issues, steps involved in conducting an evaluation, communicating the results, and ensuring that evaluation findings are used by intended users.
This course explores the roles of communication and social marketing as indispensable tools in health promotion and disease prevention. Students learn about the power of effective health campaigns in changing health behaviors. Public debate, advocacy skills and policy development are examined in terms of their interrelationship.
Electives: Students select 12 credit hours of CHE, IHP, or PHE courses with a minimum 9 credits at the 300 to 400 level
Free Elective Credits: 27
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
*Tuition rates are subject to change. Changes are generally implemented in June each year.
Additional Costs Books (course by course).
Students are responsible for providing their own internet access.
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