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Community Health Education Degree Online

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Register By: October 22 Classes Start: October 24

Earn a Community Health Degree Online

  • $320/credit (120 credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Provides education requirements for CHES exam
  • Gain skills to help your community achieve wellness
  • Learn about topics critical to preventing and treating illness and injury
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required

Community Health Education Degree Program Overview

With an online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Community Health Education degree, you can make a positive difference in the communities that need it most.

The online bachelor's program focuses on improving the health of individuals and their communities based on their needs and resources. 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.

Learn how to:

  • Analyze the efficacy of health programs
  • Apply strategies in assessment, planning and prevention
  • Foster consensus, promote effective use of human resources and enhance operations
  • Identify health disparities and promote social justice
  • Make globally, socially and ethically responsible decisions
  • Promote effective health communication campaigns
  • Use statistical constructs and epidemiological principles

For student Jacqueline Graham, this program gave her so much more than what she learned in the classroom. Graham says, "it was truly life-changing," giving her the confidence to not only complete the program but go on to pursue her master's.

This program also aligns with the educational requirements for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination, offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Successful student graduates will have fulfilled the educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the CHES examination.

Career Outlook

With community health a concern throughout the United States and around the globe, the need for health educators and community health workers is on the rise.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, projections show that through 2030, the growth in employment could be as much as 12% for health education specialist positions – faster than the national average of 8% for all occupations.1 Growth would 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.

Dr. Dede Teteh with the text Dr. Dede TetehAt a community level, health educators help overcome health disparities that ensure equal access to healthcare for specific demographics. “We look at the issues that are going on in our communities through a social justice lens,” said Southern New Hampshire University adjunct faculty member Dede Teteh, a certified health education specialist and public health researcher.

Health education specialists can work in a variety of settings. According to the BLS, here are the top 5 employers of both community health workers and health educators1:

  • Government
  • Hospitals – state, local and private
  • Individual and family services
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional and similar organizations
  • Outpatient care centers

SNHU's online BS in Community Health Education program can help prepare you for a variety of roles within the high-growth public health education field, including:

  • Community organizer or community health educator
  • Health program educator or wellness manager
  • Patient educator or public health educator
  • Social and community service manager
  • Social and human service assistant

Daniel Amatowith the text Daniel AmatoEarning your degree in community health education can also help advance your current career in the field by giving you the opportunity to explore the subject more in-depth. Daniel Amato '21 was able to earn his degree while working in the field, giving him the opportunity to build off his existing passion and knowledge.

"I thought to myself ... imagine what I would learn from this degree program and what I could accomplish from there," Amato said.

The BS in Community Health Education program is designed to help you build a strong foundation from which you can use to launch the next chapter of your life. Whether you wish to go straight into the field or want to continue your education by earning a master's in public health online, this program can help you get there.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Community Health Degree

Courses & Curriculum

In the online community health education program, you'll explore how to effectively plan, develop, implement and evaluate community health education programs.

You'll also learn the critical components of community health education, such as social and behavioral health, research and assessment, epidemiology, and chronic and communicable diseases.

When you earn your health education degree online at SNHU, you've completed a program that was designed to set you up for success in the health field – created by subject-matter experts who know the skills you need to have under your belt. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites some of those important qualities1 as:

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Instructional skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Writing skills

SNHU's bachelor's in community health education prepares you for the professional certification examination to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). According to NCHEC, the CHES credential shows employers that you've mastered the Seven Areas of Responsibility for health education specialists, outlined in the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis project.3 Those areas are:

  • Administer and manage health education/promotion
  • Assess needs, resources and capacity for health education/promotion
  • Communicate, promote and advocate for health, health education/promotion and the profession
  • Conduct evaluation and research related to health education/promotion
  • Implement health education/promotion
  • Plan health education/promotion
  • Serve as a health education/promotion resource person

Jacqueline Graham with the text Jacqueline GrahamThe BLS notes that while health educators typically need at least a bachelor's degree, some organizations do require CHES credentials beyond the education requirements.2

The curriculum in the community health education degree provides you with 12 credits of electives within your program – meaning you get the opportunity to choose 4 courses in community health education, integrated health professions and public health education.

"I have learned so much in the years since I have been a student," said student Jacqueline Graham. "This major is wonderful, and the courses are interesting. There is so much to learn."

Alexisa Humphrey '20 got the most out of her capstone experience.

Alexisa Humphrey with the text Alexisa Humphrey"My capstone was my most loved and valued class," she said. "I was able to focus on my passion in helping a community that is poverty-stricken and provide the youth in that area a way to reverse some unfavorable behaviors."

Plus, the community health degree program has plenty of free elective space overall. That's ideal for students with transfer credits, or even those who want to broaden their skill set and explore areas of interest.

Daniel Amato '21 was one student who brought a lot of credits into his program.

"I transferred credits to SNHU, which helped me complete my degree much faster," he said. "My credits ended up completing all my electives, so all I had to do for my community health education degree was my core classes. It was much quicker than I thought it would be."

Classes are taught by instructors who have experience in the field.

"The instructors at SNHU are so very helpful, and they all want their students to succeed," Graham said. "They are very accessible, so you will never feel alone or that you cannot have access to them because it is online."

Amato agreed.

"My instructors were knowledgeable and passionate about community health education," he said. "They allowed all of us to bring our own experiences into the classroom and use them within our studies. It made for a fun learning environment, because we got to read each other's stories and bounce ideas off each other."

Curriculum Requirements & Resources
  • General education courses: All online bachelor's degree students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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