The Community Health Education program offers curricula leading to the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree, the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Our degree programs prepare 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 community health educators, we are on the frontlines of this nation’s efforts to reduce health disparities and improve quality of life.
At this time, the Department does not offer an undergraduate major in Community Health Education; however, several undergraduate courses are offered. We encourage undergraduate students to take one or more of these courses, as they provide a good jumping off point for a career in Community Health Education. Undergraduate students are also advised to consider the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health Sciences degree program. High-achieving undergraduate students may opt for the 4+1 B.S./M.P.H. program with a concentration in Community Health Education.
The Community Health Education program is a part of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS). The SPHHS is fully accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health, and is a member of the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.