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:
- Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
- Master of Science (M.S.)
- Accelerated 4+1 MPH Degree Program
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
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
A recent major shift in practice by the Veterans Health Administration (VA) now means that complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapies such as meditation, yoga and acupuncture are increasingly being offered to VA patients as non-drug approaches for pain management and related conditions, says Elizabeth Evans, an Assistant Professor of Community Health Education in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.
In Indonesia and other areas of the Asia Pacific region, the HIV epidemic continues at a fast-growing pace among key population groups: people who inject drugs (PWID), men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers, and transgender people. In a commentary appearing online now in The Lancet HIV, Associate Professor of Community Health Education Krishna Poudel and Masamine Jimba of the University of Tokyo argue that identifying and addressing the gaps in their HIV care continuum is critical to improve their health.
Students in Health Promotion and Policy are helping to build healthier worlds.