Learning-by-doing is the hallmark of the University of Maine at Farmington Community Health Education program. Here, you’ll gain hands-on, real-world experience in health education specialties — such as our School Health Education concentration and Outdoor Recreation Programming concentration.

Our coursework gives you a unique skill set, allowing you to be recognized as professionals in the health industry and preparing you to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) upon graduation.

Here, you’ll participate in classroom-based research, on-campus work opportunities and service-learning projects led by faculty who have expertise in a broad range of topics: nutrition, stress management, human sexuality, environmental health, disease prevention and health promotion. At Farmington, you’ll gain practical experience in a variety of health-related fields.

We believe hands-on experience is so valuable, we require it … and you’ll love it!

At Farmington, you’ll participate in extensive outside the classroom fieldwork, including a required practicum and internship. Through your community placement (which we’ll do for you) you’ll work 600 contact hours over 15 weeks in the practice of health education. You’re actually going out into the workplace to apply the knowledge you’ve studied in the classroom.

You’ll get to assess individual and community needs for health education; plan, implement and administer health education strategies, interventions and programs; conduct evaluation and research related to health education; serve as a health education resource person; and communicate and advocate for health and health education. Your field experience will be under the co-supervision of UMF faculty and the participating agency’s staff.

Many of our Community Health Ed students tell us this field work portion of their degree program was the most rewarding and valuable of their college career.

You can also choose one of our value-added concentrations, minors or certificates such as:

  • School Health Education concentration
  • Outdoor Recreation Programming concentration
  • Child and Adolescent Health minor
  • Coaching minor
  • Environmental Studies minor
  • Health and Medicine minor
  • Physical Fitness minor
  • Nutrition Education minor
  • Addiction Rehabilitation certificate
  • Alpine Operations certificate

These are career-building options that will further bolster your resume and fill your skills toolbox.

Our School Health concentration – for those who want to teach in a school setting

If you’re interested in in having the option to teach in a school setting, our School Health concentration will certify you to teach in K-12 classrooms in Maine and many other states. This School Health / Community Health Ed combo has enabled many of our Community Health Education graduates to market themselves to prospective employers in both settings. It’s definitely a valuable career-focused option worth considering.

Note: This program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $5,000 for residents of RI and VT through the New England Regional Student Program.