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. 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.*
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 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Demand for community health workers and health educators will increase 16%, 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.
Explore the field of community health education through community health organizations, epidemiology, planning and assessment strategies such as Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), and the status of the nation's health. Examine the responsibilities, competencies, and skills of the community health education entry-level professional. Healthy People 2020 and Centers for Disease Control are used as important resources. Students begin to develop and implement program ePortfolios.
Examine the stages of human development and life events that influence health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Students focus on a developmental framework as a frame to explore early adulthood through old age and death.
Explore the nature and cause of human communicable diseases based on an understanding of pathogenic, behavioral, and environmental factors through the concepts of pathological process in public health. Review historical and contemporary disease patterns as they relate to common communicable diseases. Students learn disease prevention, treatment, and control approaches along with strategies promoting healthy 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.
Learn basic principles of epidemiology with emphasis on applications in healthcare management. Examine specific epidemiology tools used for purposes of planning, monitoring, and evaluating population health. Consider methods for managing the health of populations, understanding the factors that influence population health, and strategies that healthcare organizations and systems can use to control these factors.
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 for workplace and community health education settings. Topics include developing health education 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.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education. This course builds on the theories and concepts of all courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their course work in an original comprehensive paper, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program in community health education. This course is taken in the student's final term.
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% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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