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Professional Education Initiative

Community Health Education - B.S.

The Community Health Education B.S. program prepares you for a rewarding career in promoting health and wellness in communities, organizations and schools. With a focus on evidence-based practices, community-based research, and practical skills, the Community Health Education program will equip you with the knowledge and experience needed to make a positive impact on people's lives.

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Program Description

Full Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education gives students the necessary tools to plan, implement and evaluate health education programs for individuals, communities and groups. The major features a capstone internship experience during which the student works with a health educator in a community setting. The program qualifies students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist Exam administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

State/Federal background checks may be required for practicum/internship experiences.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Freshman Students: Admission to this major is selective. To be admitted directly into Community Health Education, it is required that new freshmen have a 2.750 high school GPA. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement at the time of admission for this major will be admitted to the EHHS General non-degree program until which time they have established a Kent State GPA of 2.750. They may then submit a change of program to declare this major.

Current Kent State and Transfer Students: Active Kent State students who wish to change their major must have attempted a minimum 12 credit hours at Kent State and meet all admission criteria listed above to be admitted. Students who have not attempted 12 credit hours at Kent State will be evaluated for admission based on their high school GPA for new students or transfer GPA for transfer students. Transfer students who have not attempted 12 credit hours of college-level coursework at Kent State and/or other institutions will be evaluated based on both their high school GPA and college GPA.

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions to waive) by earning a minimum 71 TOEFL iBT score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 47 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive English Program. For more information on international admission visit the admissions website for international students.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Conduct strategic planning, analyze the organization`s culture in relationship to program goals, facilitate cooperation between and among levels of program personnel, formulate practical modes of collaboration among health agencies and organizations and develop volunteer opportunities.
  2. Exhibit competence in carrying out planned educational programs; employ a wide range of educational methods and techniques, apply individual and group process methods as appropriate to given learning situations and select methods that best facilitate the practice of program objectives; infer enabling objectives as needed to implement instructional programs in specified settings, select methods and media best suited to implement program plans for specific learners and determine the availability of information, personnel, time and equipment needed to implement the program for a given audience; monitor educational programs, adjusting objectives and activities as necessary; and use the code of ethics in professional practice.
  3. Analyze factors that influence decision-makers, assess the appropriateness of language in health education messages and select a variety of communication methods and techniques in providing health information; demonstrate proficiency in communicating health information and health education needs and respond to public input regarding health education information; identify the significance and implications of health care providers` messages to consumers; and develop a personal plan for professional growth.
  4. Utilize computerized health information retrieval systems effectively and match an information need with the appropriate retrieval system; access online and other health information resources and interpret and select effective educational resource materials for dissemination; assemble educational material of value to the health of individuals and community groups, evaluate the worth and applicability of resource materials for given audiences and refer requesters to valid sources of information; and apply various processes in the acquisition of resource materials, compare different methods for distributing educational materials and analyze parameters of effective consultative relationships.
  5. Obtain health-related data about social and cultural environments, growth and development factors, needs and interests, select valid sources of information about health needs and interests and utilize computerized sources of health-related information; employ or develop appropriate data-gathering instruments; distinguish between behaviors that foster and those that hinder well-being and investigate physical, social, emotional and intellectual factors that influence health behaviors; and analyze needs assessments.
  6. Synthesize information presented in the literature, develop plans to assess achievement of program objectives, determine standards of performance to be applied as criteria of effectiveness and select appropriate methods for evaluating program effectiveness; carry out evaluation plans, utilize data collecting methods appropriate to the objectives and analyze resulting evaluation data; and interpret results of program evaluation and infer implications from findings for future program planning.
  7. Communicate need for the program to those who will be involved; develop a logical scope and sequence plan for a health education program; organize the subject areas comprising the scope of a program in logical sequence; formulate appropriate and measurable program objectives, design educational programs consistent with specified program objectives; match proposed learning activities with those implicit in the stated objectives; select strategies best suited to implementation of educational objectives in a given setting; and plan a sequence of learning opportunities building upon and reinforcing mastery of preceding objectives.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
HED 11570PERSONAL HEALTH (min C grade)3
HED 11590COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION (min C grade)3
HED 21030INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH EDUCATION (min C grade)3
HED 21050HEALTH EDUCATION THEORIES (min C grade)3
HED 32542METHODS AND APPLICATIONS OF HEALTH EDUCATION (WIC) (min C grade)5
HED 32544HUMAN SEXUALITY (min C grade)3
HED 32565MARKETING IN HEALTH EDUCATION (min C grade)3
HED 34050PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH EDUCATION (min C grade)3
HED 44092INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION (ELR) (min S grade)9
Data Analysis Elective, choose from the following (min C grade):3-4
PH 30002
INTRODUCTORY BIOSTATISTICS
PSYC 21621
QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I
SOC 32220
SOC 32221
DATA ANALYSIS
and DATA ANALYSIS LABORATORY
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
BSCI 10001HUMAN BIOLOGY (KBS) (min C grade)3
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) (min C grade)3
ETEC 39525EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 3
ETEC 47400TRENDS IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 3
or ETEC 47427 TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING
MDJ 20001MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 3
MDJ 26001WRITING FOR MEDIA 3
NUTR 23511SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
PH 30006INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 3
PHIL 11001INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (DIVG) (KHUM) 3
or PHIL 21001 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (DIVG) (KHUM)
PWS 10035LIFETIME FITNESS 2
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
Health Education (HED) Electives, choose from the following:18
HED 14020
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
HED 32530
DRUG USE AND MISUSE
HED 32575
CONSUMER HEALTH
HED 34060
SMALL GROUP PROCESS
HED 42041
HEALTH COACHING
HED 42222
ADULTING 101: SEVEN DIMENSIONS TO A HEALTHY ADULTHOOD
HED 42779
HAPPINESS AND HEALTH
HED 44025
WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
HED 44030
GAMBLING, GAMING AND HEALTH
HED 44544
SEXUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
HED 44550
DRUG ABUSE AND VIOLENCE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
HED 46052
STRESS: RECOGNITION AND MANAGEMENT
HED 46057
ADVANCED HUMAN SEXUALITY
HED 47070
AIDS: ISSUES, EDUCATION AND PREVENTION
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)6
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Basic Sciences Laboratory1
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)12
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.750 2.750
Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
!HED 11590 COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Health Education (HED) Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!HED 11570 PERSONAL HEALTH 3
PHIL 11001
or PHIL 21001
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (DIVG) (KHUM)
or INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (DIVG) (KHUM)
3
PWS 10035 LIFETIME FITNESS 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Three
BSCI 10001 HUMAN BIOLOGY (KBS) 3
!HED 21030 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH EDUCATION 3
HED 21050 HEALTH EDUCATION THEORIES 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!HED 32544 HUMAN SEXUALITY 3
Data Analysis Elective 3-4
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
ETEC 39525 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 3
!HED 32542 METHODS AND APPLICATIONS OF HEALTH EDUCATION (WIC) 5
NUTR 23511 SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
Health Education (HED) Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Six
HED 32565 MARKETING IN HEALTH EDUCATION 3
HED 34050 PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH EDUCATION 3
MDJ 20001 MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 3
PH 30006 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 3
Kent Core Requirement 1
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
ETEC 47427
or ETEC 47400
TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING
or TRENDS IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
3
MDJ 26001 WRITING FOR MEDIA 3
Health Education (HED) Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
HED 44092 INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION (ELR) 9
Health Education (HED) Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Health education specialists

11.4%

much faster than the average

62,200

number of jobs

$56,500

potential earnings

Community and social service specialists, all other

11.7%

much faster than the average

105,200

number of jobs

$46,770

potential earnings

Community health workers

15.2%

much faster than the average

64,900

number of jobs

$42,000

potential earnings

Medical and health services managers

31.5%

much faster than the average

422,300

number of jobs

$104,280

potential earnings

Additional Careers
  • Certified Health Education Specialist
  • Community Health Educator
  • Community Health Education Coordinator
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Health Educator
  • Public Health Educator
Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.