Advising and Academic Resources

Students will be assigned advisors upon admission to the program and will be informed of the name of their advisor prior to the start of the program. Students are assigned to faculty advisors to achieve equitable distribution among the faculty. However, students are free – indeed, encouraged – to seek advice from any faculty members with whom they feel most comfortable.

Students are strongly advised to consult their academic advisors about the content and sequence of their curriculum, especially where the choice and sequencing of electives are concerned. From our graduate program directors and faculty mentors to departmental and SPHHS staff, we are here to help you address your academic questions and concerns and make the most of your UMass Amherst education.

Advising Contacts

Diane Wolf

Fax: 413-545-1645
Telephone: 413-545-2861
Hours: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Program Head, Community Health Education
Dr. Lisa Wexler

Telephone: 413-545-2248
Campus Address: 313 Arnold House

Graduate Program Director in Public Health
Dr. Paula Stamps

311 Arnold House

Careers in Community Health Education

Community health educators are on the frontlines of this nation’s efforts to reduce health disparities and improve quality of life. In collaboration with community members, community health educators design and implement programs aimed at reducing the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, including smoking prevention and cessation, substance abuse prevention, emergency preparedness, HIV/AIDS prevention, obesity and physical activity, responsible alcohol consumption, teen pregnancy prevention, reductions in sexually transmitted infections, improving access to prenatal care, infant mortality and low birth weight prevention, nutrition education, and other areas.

With an MPH degree, community health educators work in a variety of settings, such as (1) state and local health departments, (2) hospitals and community health centers, (3) private non-profit agencies that deliver public health services, (4) HMOs, (5) educational institutions, especially student health services on college campuses and health programs in secondary schools, (6) private business in wellness programs and employee assistance programs, and (7) international health settings. In general, graduates start at the level of implementing programs, and over time, take on more management responsibilities for designing programs, administering funding, and training and supervising staff.

Professional Organizations

The two major national professional organizations to which graduates of our program belong are the American Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education. We strongly encourage all of our students to join both.

APHA and SOPHE hold their major annual meeting in the fall, usually the first week of November. APHA is attended by more 12,000 members each year. The Health Education section of APHA is the second largest section in the entire organization. Among many other benefits, APHA has an excellent job bank.

SOPHE’s annual meeting is scheduled in conjunction with APHA, to make it easy for members to attend both meetings. SOPHE’s annual meeting is more intimate, typically 300-400 participants, with great opportunities for professional networking. SOPHE also holds a mid-year scientific conference. SOPHE provides strong professional support for all its members, and it is the place that we call home.

Additional UMass Amherst Academic Resources

Community Service Learning
Five College Interchange
Graduate Student Handbook
Graduation Information
Learning Commons