Bachelor in Public Health Education
Concentrations in Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education program is offered through the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education and is based on the Seven Areas of Responsibility for an entry-level health educator delineated by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, which represents a comprehensive set of competencies defining the knowledge and skills required of a health education specialist in a variety of job settings (NCHEC, 2006). The program is designed to:
- Prepare students with the knowledge and skills to assess community needs and design, implement, and evaluate public health education programs.
- Focus on improving quality of life and overall well-being of individuals, worksites, and communities through behavioral, environmental, and policy-based initiatives.
- Prepare students for entry to mid-level positions in public health departments, community-based health organizations, outreach education programs, health care settings, private health organizations, and corporate wellness settings as well as advanced studies in Public Health.
- Prepare students to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams, patient care coordination, quality improvement for strategic planning and systems redesign, community engagement, community needs assessment, and health coaching.
- Prepare students for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education (PHE) degree includes 30 hours of public health education core courses, along with 18 credit hours of approved electives, and a 12 credit hour seminar and internship experience.
Upon declaration of the Public Health Education Major Interest on Owl Express, please schedule a formal advising appointment with the Wellstar College Advising Center.Public Health Education FAQs
The Community Health Education concentration enables students to blend public health education, communication, human services, nursing and sociology courses in their professional preparation. Health education specialists who work in community health settings, design, implement and evaluate programs at the individual, group, institutional, community and system-level to improve community health indicators. Health education specialists also act as a resource on health information and advise on health policy.
The Worksite Health Promotion concentration enables students to blend public health education, communication, business and leadership courses in their professional preparation. Health education specialist who work in the business and industry setting, plan and coordinate programs in areas such as nutrition, fitness, weight control, smoking cessation, hypertension, and stress management. In addition to assisting employees to maintain or improve their health, they also advise companies on health policies.
The Health Coaching and Patient Education concentration enables students to blend public health education, communication, human services and sociology courses in their professional preparation. Health education specialists who work in health care and medical insurance settings, plan and coordinate programs in areas such as nutrition, fitness, weight control, smoking cessation, hypertension, and stress management to improve patient health literacy. In addition to program planning, health education specialists also counsel clients to implement theoretically based behavior modification interventions.
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