Community Health Education

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science: Community Health Education

The UMF Community Health Education program prepares students to work in a wide array of health-related settings. Our coursework gives students a unique skill set, allowing them to be recognized as professionals in the health industry and preparing them to become CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certified upon graduation. Many students choose a minor or concentration such as environmental studies, outdoor recreation, nutrition, physical fitness or coaching to optimize their learning and employment opportunities.

As early as their second year, Community Health Education students are placed in the field to begin to practice skills and model professional roles and responsibilities. The major program culminates in a semester-long internship, jointly designed by the student and a faculty advisor. To enhance leadership skills, our curriculum offers opportunities for students to attend health conferences, advocate for health legislation, and network with state and national health and wellness leaders. We design courses to assist students in applying knowledge and theory to real settings as they move closer to entering the workforce or applying to graduate programs in fields such as public health, physical therapy and other health service fields.

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Those Community Health Education students interested in having the option to teach in a school setting may choose our school health concentration, which will certify them to teach in K-12 classrooms in Maine and many other states. This school / community combination has enabled many graduates to market themselves to prospective employers in both settings.

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to your major, such as:

HEA 123 Introduction to Community Health
HEA 210 Environmental Health
HEA 218 Health Communications and Theory
HEA 310 Principles of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
HEA 350 Principles of Epidemiology
HEA 411 Planning for Health Promotion

Note: This program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $4,900 for residents of RI and VT through the New England Regional Student Program.