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 new, jail-based opioid use disorder treatment program is intended to decrease the risk of opioid overdose among incarcerated people transitioning from jail to the community. A new study by Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy Elizabeth Evans and researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate suggests improvements are needed in at least three critical areas.
Gloria DiFulvio, senior lecturer in Health Promotion and Policy and undergraduate program director for the public health sciences major, has been named the winner of the school’s 2021-2022 College Outstanding Teacher Award.
MPH student Sam Tarplin's path to UMass is unlike most of his classmates'. As a former counselor specializing in addiction recovery, Tarplin takes his experience and uses it to forge his own path in addiction research at the School of Public Health & Health Sciences at UMass Amherst.