The Master of Science in Community Health Education prepares
professionals to administer and develop health education programs, to implement
health education processes and concepts, to understand current health issues,
and to hone skills appropriate to current or projected career goals. The
program provides latitude for candidates to select a health-related focus along
with a number of courses which will prepare them with aligned skill sets.
Candidates are encouraged to tailor coursework to their particular interests
and the health issues specific to their professional responsibilities. This is
a non-thesis degree in which a student completes a four-credit "Graduate
Project in Health Education" (HED 798) related to a focused health
education/health promotion issue.
The Master of Public Health in Community Health Education
(MPH-CHE) prepares health and human service professionals to work in various
settings where community health education approaches are employed to improve
health and well being. This practitioner-oriented program addresses behavioral
theory, communication and motivational processes, community intervention
strategies, and evaluation procedures for community health promotion and
The first degree of its kind in the UW System, the MPH-CHE
has had ongoing accreditation by the national Council on Education for Public
Health (CEPH) since 1992. It was ranked 6th in the Nation in the 2004 US News
and World Report of the Best U.S. Graduate Programs in Community Health.
Accreditation and Recognition
The MPH-CHE program at UW-La Crosse was initiated in 1991 and has been CEPH accredited since 1992. The first MPH degree offered in the University of Wisconsin System, every student who has graduated from the MPH program has graduated from an accredited program.
The mission of the Public Health Unit reflects
the departmental mission with the inclusion of a public health focus: The
mission of the Public Health Unit at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is
to prepare population-based practitioners using entry-level and advanced-level health
education competencies and the public health core areas who will advocate and
address health promotion and primary prevention strategies in a variety of
community and work-site settings, engage populations in the processes of health
education programming, and address secondary and tertiary prevention
educational needs as appropriate.
The program is guided by the values below, in that it:
The MPH-CHE and BS-CHE program goals align with the context
of “community health education” which is defined as “a theory-driven process
that promotes health and prevents disease within populations," (AAHE, 2001, p.
97). This perspective interfaces with the “Health Education Profession” which
is defined as “a profession that uses evidence-based practice, and behavioral
and organizational change principles to develop, plan, implement and evaluate
interventions that enable individuals, groups, and communities, to achieve
personal, environmental, and societal health,” (AAHE, 2012, p. 12).
Our approach to the preparation of graduate and undergraduate
candidates in Community Health Education involves processes by which individuals
are educated (at the advanced level for graduate preparation and entry level
for undergraduate preparation) to assess, plan, implement, evaluate,
coordinate, and communicate health education activities, while serving as a
resource person, along with a comprehension of research practices,
administrative principles, and the advancement of the profession.
These responsibilities address the prevention and resolution
of health problems by both encouraging positive individual behavior changes
and creating supportive environments to enhance the overall quality of life.
Overall goals of the program are to:
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Download the MPH Program Brochure
Download the 2013-2014 Graduate Student Guidebook (pdf)
Dr. Gary D. Gilmore
Professor and Director, Graduate Community Health Programs
Mitchell Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
Or the Department 608.785.8162
Mitchell Hall 201
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