Community Health Education

The Community Health Education program in the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences prepares public health professionals to design and implement programs to assist all people to participate in their life situations to the fullest extent of their capabilities. As part of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, the Community Health Education program offers a range of degrees including:

Community Health Education enables people to gain control over the social, political, and personal conditions that affect their health. Community health educators are on the frontlines of this nation’s efforts to reduce health disparities and improve quality of life.

In the Spotlight

University of Massachusetts Community Health Education faculty Lisa Wexler

Lisa Wexler, Associate Professor of Community Health Education and a veteran researcher in Alaska Native youth suicide prevention, is leading part of a new grant from NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health to identify the most effective ways of preventing suicide among Alaska Native youth. The grant creating the Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Resilience Research was one of just three awarded nationwide; Wexler will receive $400,000 over the five years of the $4.25 million grant.

In a unique partnership between UMass and Soliya, students have the opportunity to receive advanced facilitation training program to prepare them to host dialogues with undergraduate students from around the world, while also learning about and applying these skills to community health education contexts.