Funding for the video was provided in part by Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center in association with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Healthier people participating, learning, and living in healthier communities.
To prepare leaders in school and community health through the bridging of competency and standard-based education, scholarship, advocacy, and service-related endeavors, thereby contributing to healthier people and healthier communities.
By the end the BS-CHE program, at the entry level, candidates will have experience in all core competence for public health professionals.
Courses emphasize administrative issues, health promotion skill-building, program planning, implementation and evaluation, and marketing strategies. Students learn how to prepare written materials as well as electronic media presentations for mass audiences. Upon graduation, students can take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination. Course work included in the program includes epidemiology, biometrics, environmental health, grant seeking, mental & emotional health, sexual health promotion, nutrition education, and theories of health behavior.
For information about the Community Health Education (CHE) program, please contact:
Keely S. Rees, Ph.D., MCHES
Program Director, Undergraduate Community Health
217 Mitchell Hall
health is almost anything that involves making people’s lives better." -CHE
of the best things I feel this program offers is the opportunity to learn about
such a broad base of health issues and to work with literally every demographic
of people out there." -CHE student
Health education is a social science which draws from the biological,
environmental, psychological, physical and medical sciences to promote health
and prevent disease, disability and premature death by educating individuals and
communities to voluntarily change their behaviors to improve their health and
well-being. Health education is the development of individual, group,
institutional, community and systemic strategies to improve health knowledge,
attitudes, skills and behavior. The purpose of health education is to positively
influence the health behavior of individuals and communities as well as the
living and working conditions that influence their health.
Health education improves the health status of individuals, families,
communities, states, and the nation. Health education enhances the quality of
life for all people and reduces premature deaths. By focusing on prevention,
health education reduces the costs (both financial and human) individuals,
employers, families, insurance companies, medical facilities, communities, the
state and the nation would spend on medical treatment. For more information
about community health, go to www.nchec.org
Health educators work in schools, hospitals or clinics, with community organizations, non-profit agencies, with companies or with governmental agencies. Health educators work to promote better overall health on individual, community and policy levels. This is done by writing grants, researching, identifying resources, assessing individual and community needs, and planning, implementing, and managing education programs.
Accreditation Reports: During 2014, the MPH and BS-CHE programs were nationally re-accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for the full seven-year period until December 31, 2021. The final Self-Study document and the final Accreditation Report are available on request by communicating with Dr. G.D. Gilmore, Professor and Director of Graduate Community Health and Public Health Programs, and Accreditation Coordinator, at
During their last undergraduate semester, majors in Community Health
Education participate in a full-time 15-credit service-learning course named the
Undergraduate Community Health Education Preceptorship. Faculty created this
experience as a capstone for undergraduate coursework, and participants find
this to be a cornerstone for their career.
The objectives of the preceptorship are three fold:
Community Health Education majors are encouraged to learn more about the
Preceptorship by going to the Preceptorship Digital
Library. If you have trouble accessing the Preceptorship Digital Library
site, please contact the Preceptorship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do I go to declare CHE as
Assistant to the Deangherling@uwlax.edu
205 Graff Main Hall
Where can I find more information about a career in Community Health Education?
1. Keely Rees, Ph.D., CHES
Director, Undergraduate Community Health Education
Dept. of Health Education and Health Promotion
217 Mitchell Hall
La Crosse, WI 54601
2. CHE Faculty
3. National professional websites:
How do I get an academic advisor?
Once you declare Community Health Education as your major in Guy Herling’s office, you are then assigned to a CHE Faculty member for your academic advising.
What if I do not have a specific passion or target population I want to work with?
That is perfectly fine. Your coursework, volunteer or service learning projects often stimulate ideas or areas of interest that lead to a passion.
Do Community Health Educators actually educate or just arrange for others qualified in specific areas to educate populations?
Both. We are often finding the resources, experts, or facilitators for a specific health issue or topic OR we often need to act as the resource and become prepared to facilitate or teach in that specified area.
Where can Community Health Educators work other than health departments?
What minors go well with Community Health?
Language Major/Minor (e.g. Spanish)Women’s, Gender, Sexuality StudiesNutrition MinorGerontology Emphasis (Overview Sheet pdf)
What are the benefits of a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification?
For more information
check out the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
Information current students want other students to know:
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