Community/Public Health is the application of a variety of methods that result in the identification and assessment of factors contributing to the health of a population. The community health professional is responsible for the mobilization and education of community members into actions to resolve health issues and problems that affect their community.
The ultimate professional mission of a community/public health practitioner is to prevent premature mortality and unnecessary disease and disability and promote health in all populations.
Student Learning Objectives
- Assess Needs, Resources and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
- Plan Health Education/Promotion
- Implement Health Education/Promotion
- Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion
- Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion
- Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person
- Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion, and the Profession
The Community/Public Health program at the University of Central Oklahoma is a SABPAC approved program. SABPAC (SOPHE-AAHE Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee) approval recognizes that the program prepares undergraduate students for entry into the workforce as community health educators.
Certified Health Education Specialist
Holding a Community/Public Health degree allows graduates to sit for the CHES Exam. Many positions in the field list “CHES required” or “CHES eligible” in the job description. Some positions provide a larger salary to employees with CHES credentials.
Career opportunities for Community/Public Health include:
- Health Administrator
- Health Social Work
- Public Health Educator
- Environmental Specialist
- Health Promotion Specialist
- Program Manager
- Wellness Coordinator
- Grant Manager
- Patient Advocate