The Community Health program is based on the competencies needed to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). These competencies are common to health education in whatever setting it takes place: schools, work places, clinical applications, government agencies, or elsewhere in the community. They include assessing individual and community needs; planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs; managing health programs and personnel; grant writing; building coalitions; identifying resources and making referrals; organizing and mobilizing communities; advocating for health-related issues; and using a variety of educational methods. A prominent goal of community health education is to create a sense of well being in communities by reducing the incidence and prevalence of major health risks through education and programs for the prevention of disease.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that approximately 16 percent of all new wage and salary jobs (3.5 million in total) between 2002 and 2012 will be in health-related fields. The job outlook is clearly favorable for those in community health as the entire health services industry is experiencing remarkable growth. A degree in community health opens the door to a diverse and extensive range of opportunities, which include but are not limited to:
|Community health educator |
Health promotion programmer
Corporate wellness director
Cardiovascular fitness specialist
Cancer information specialist
|Domestic violence educator |
Elder services director
Teen outreach coordinator
Women's health director
Men's health director
Youth program specialist
Worksite wellness director
1. Gain the specialized knowledge, skills, and global perspective they need to pursue their chosen health profession.
2. Gain practical experience that will supplement their academic work and facilitate their entry into a chosen health career.
3. Develop and articulate a personal and professional perspective that is relevant to improving the health of citizens locally, nationally, and globally.
The portfolio provides a student with tangible evidence of growth, development and capabilities. It is used as a job-seeking instrument that gives potential employers an overview of an applicant’s experiences and strengths. A portfolio can serve as an extension of a resume, and can display the quality and scope of one’s education and training. A portfolio can distinguish one applicant over another by exhibiting the applicant’s initiative and ability to organize. The portfolio condenses years of scholastic work and development, and provides an easily reviewed document that highlights the students’ academic and personal accomplishments. This document will help you create a portfolio of your best work at Carroll. Download now »
The Community Health and Health Science majors are designed for students seeking to enter the health professions. If the United States is to reverse the present trend of deteriorating health of its citizens, and do so within an affordable framework, the next generation of health professionals must be conversant with a new health promotion paradigm. The Community Health and Health Science majors introduce students to this new paradigm through an integrated biological, psychological, and sociological approach to promoting health that encourages a shift from reliance primarily on dollars and technology to informed citizen participation.
The Community Health major is designed for students interested in becoming health education specialists. Health education specialists primarily work for organizations in the community that focus on improving health. The Health Science major is designed for students seeking to pursue clinical fields such as physical therapy, physician's assistant, optometry, occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine.