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 Krishna Poudel

Krishna Poudel, Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy, has been named the winner of the school’s 2020-2021 College Outstanding Teacher Award.

Health Promotion and Policy graduate student Amelia Bailey

Amelia Bailey, an MPH student working under the supervision of Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy Elizabeth Evans, has been selected for the Justice Community Opioid Intervention Network (JCOIN) Learning Experiences to Advance Practice (LEAP) Scholars Program. The yearlong research education program is intended to support academics, clinicians, criminologists, and community stakeholders on research in justice settings.

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In January 2021, the Holyoke District Court launched the Holyoke Early Access to Recovery and Treatment (HEART) program. The program is designed to provide access to healthcare for individuals with an opioid use disorder who come before the court. The program is administered by the Honorable Judge William Hadley '80 in collaboration with community stakeholders and with support from Associate Professor Elizabeth Evans and her team of student interns.