Dr. Wexler and Alexandra Hillman in Alaska

The mission of Community Health Education (CHE) is to enable people to gain control over the social, political, and personal conditions that affect their health. Coursework prepares public health professionals to design and implement programs to assist all people to participate in their life situations and pursue their life plans to the fullest extent of their capabilities.

Graduates of this area will be able to:

  • plan, develop, and implement community health education programs using a variety of strategies to improve the health status of the community as a whole;
  • conduct assessments of health needs and resources at both the individual and community level, including an analysis of social and political barriers that may impede health promotion efforts;
  • identify, analyze, and interpret factors influencing people's health status through a strong grounding in social and behavioral theory;
  • demonstrate competency in working with diverse cultures and communities;
  • develop, analyze, and evaluate public policies that have an impact on people's health;
  • manage and administer fiscal and organizational resources to ensure optimal program and service delivery;
  • evaluate the process and outcome of community-based health education programs;
  • conduct collaborative and participatory research into the social, cultural, and behavioral factors influencing health outcomes;
  • articulate the ethical principles informing health education practice; and
  • communicate the mission of public health.