Community and Public Health Education Track

This track will prepare you for entry-level community health and public health education and promotion positions in settings such as public health departments, non-profit agencies, corporations, and hospitals.

What You'll Study

Community and Public Health Education Track

Community and Public Health Education is an expanding field of work. This track will prepare you for entry-level community health and public health education and promotion positions in settings such as public health departments, non-profit agencies, corporations, and hospitals. Typical tasks of health education professionals include assessing the health of populations and planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs designed to change health behaviors and improve overall health. Graduates will be prepared to sit for national exams and enter graduate programs.

Topics covered include:

  • Community and Public Health Issues
  • Cultural Aspects of Health
  • Community Health Strategies
  • Planning and Evaluation in Health Education/Promotion


Community and Public Health Education Minor

The minor in Community and Public Health Education minor is designed to provide students with the skills and tools to identify community health needs utilize problem solving abilities, mobilize resources to develop, promote, implement, evaluate and facilitate strategies to improve health status. The community Health minor will help the student develop skills in identifying the behavioral and environmental causes of community health concerns, facilitating community organizing and out-reach efforts, identifying and writing appropriate grant funding, understanding and responding to data driven statistics concerning current and future health status, develop grass root coalition building, and developing, producing and evaluating media campaigns.


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Program Highlights

  • Program Credentialing: The Lock Haven University Community Health program has been credentialed by the SOPHE/AAHE Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee (SABPAC) since January 2007.
  • Program Mission: The mission of the Community Health track is to prepare health education specialists with the 21st century skills to guide and empower individuals and communities for the improvement, protection, maintenance, and promotion of health and health supporting environments.

    Graduates of the Lock Haven University Department of Health Science Community Health track are eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam given by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Additionally, the program prepares students for advanced graduate education in areas such as public health and community health.
  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
  • Field Experience: As a Health Science major you will be required to complete a professional field experience that serves as a culminating experience linking academic preparedness to an experience that matches your career goals and aspirations.
    • PSU Cooperative Extension
    • Health Coalitions
    • Drug & Alcohol Commission
    • AIDS Resource
    • Women’s Health Center
    • River Valley Health & Dental Center
    • UPMC Susquehanna Life Center (outreach education)
  • Facilities: Lock Haven University provides exceptional, state-of-the-art facilities for the Health Science program. There are athletic training facilities, an exercise physiology lab, rehabilitation center, and gross human anatomy (cadaver dissection) lab. 
  • Health Science Club: The Health Science Club is dedicated to engaging the entire LHU and surrounding community in health awareness and health improvement activities. We have over 200 members and are open to all LHU students, but primarily consist of Health Science majors. The club participates in various activities around campus and the community including:
      • The Hunger Bowl for Hunger Awareness Month
      • Pink Ribbon Sales for Breast Cancer Awareness
      • Community Clinics and Health Fairs
      • LHU Adopt a Family Christmas Project
      • Relay for Life
      • LHU Health Fair
      • Field trips to the Bodies Exhibition in New York
  • Careers: Common job titles for our graduates include:
    • Public Health Educator
    • Health Educator
    • Health Education Specialist
    • Health Promotion Coordinator
    • Health Coach
    • Patient Health Educator
    • Health Advisor
    • Wellness Coordinator 

      According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for health educators is expected to increase 21% from 2012 to 2022

Featured Program Faculty

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Dr. Rick Schulze
Dr. Kathleen Allison
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Dr. Jennifer Rudella
Dr. Fay Cook

Want to Know More?

Department of Health Sciences

Dr. Dan Gales
161 Willis Health Professions Building, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2417

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