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Community Health Education Degree Online

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Register By: January 02 Classes Start: January 04

Earn a Community Health Degree Online

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

Community Health Education Degree Program Overview

Plan and promote health programs by earning an online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Community Health Education.

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.

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

It 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 2028, the growth in employment could be as much as 11% for those positions – much faster than the national average of 5% 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.

Dede Teteh with the text 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.

The 5 largest employers for both community health workers and health educators, according to the BLS1, are:

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

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

Graduates with an undergraduate degree in community health education will also be well positioned to pursue a master's in public health online should they seek additional professional advancement in the field.

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 2015 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

The 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

In your final term at SNHU, you'll take part in your Community Health Capstone. A capstone gives you the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout your program in an original, comprehensive paper.

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

Plus, you get 30 credits of free electives in your overall community health degree program. That's ideal for students with transfer credits, or even those who want to broaden their skill set and explore areas of interest.

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

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.

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.

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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