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, Outdoor Recreation Programming concentration and Physical Activity and Nutrition 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.

Where have recent Community Health Education students interned?

  • South Portland High School Athletics Dept. South Portland, Maine
  • Waterville Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterville, Maine
  • Healthy Community Coalition. Farmington, Maine
  • Franklin Health Internal Medicine. Farmington, Maine
  • Foxcroft Academy. Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
  • Healthy Communities of the Capital Area. Augusta, Maine
  • Somerset Public Health. Skowhegan, Maine
  • Mt. Blue High School Athletics Dept., Farmington, Maine
  • River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition. Rumford, Maine
  • Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. South Paris, Maine

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 optional value-added concentrations, minors or certificates.

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


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

School Health concentration

Our School Health concentration is 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.

This program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $5,000 for residents of Rhode Island and Vermont through the New England Regional Student Program.

Outdoor Recreation Programming concentration

The Outdoor Recreation Programming concentration is for those who want to pursue a career as a recreation professional, running and organizing outdoor activities such as snowsports, river activities, canoeing, camping, hiking, golf, inland fisheries activities, horseback riding and more. The concentration is designed to help you gain programming skills and may also lead to the education required to help you obtain professional certifications in areas such as Maine Guide, hunting and fishing, mountain first aid (outdoor emergency care), Professional Ski Instructors Association certifications, United States Ski Association certifications, canoeing certifications and others. Students in this concentration have found internships and future employment and at ski resorts, parks, summer camps, and other outdoor adventure establishments.

Physical Activity and Nutrition concentration

Our Physical Activity and Nutrition concentration is designed for those who wish to pursue graduate studies in the fields of nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy, Physician Assistant (PA) and athletic training, among other health fields. The concentration focuses on science courses and health content. This concentration is not something you have to declare when you’re accepted to UMF, instead it’s an option you can choose as your academic and career path becomes more clear as you take courses in our Community Health Education program.

What have recent Community Health Education students done after graduation?

  • Patient Service Representative and Express Care Manager. Mercy Hospital. Portland, Maine
  • Specialist. Central Maine Learning Center. Belgrade, Maine
  • Project Coordinator. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. New York City
  • Sports & Activities Coordinator. Penobscot Bay YMCA. Rockport, Maine
  • Health Teacher. Lewiston High School. Lewiston, Maine
  • Specialist. Disability Research & Dissemination Center, Arnold School of Public Health. Columbia, South Carolina
  • Account Rep – Real Estate/Not for Profit/Entertainment. Alliant Insurance. New York City
  • Special Education Teacher. Caribou High School. Caribou, Maine
  • Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. South Paris, Maine
  • Graduate school: University of South Carolina, MS Public Health – Epidemiology
  • Graduate school: California University of Pennsylvania, MS Exercise Science and Health Promotion
  • Graduate school: New York University, MS Public Health – Public Health Policy and Management
  • Graduate school: University of Maine at Farmington, MS in Educational Leadership – Administration