Community Health Education Program Description

Description

This program is the only one of its kind in the University of Wisconsin System. Our courses emphasize the Seven Areas of Responsibilities for a Community Health Educator. The Community Health Education program prepares students for careers in public or private health agencies, hospitals, health clinics, non-governmental health agencies and in business and industry. 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.

Students take courses in epidemiology, biometrics, environmental health, grant seeking, mental & emotional health, sexual health promotion, nutrition education, theories of health behavior and others.

The CHE program culminates with a Preceptorship (internship) experience that combines classroom work with real-world experiences as students work in the health education field for a total of 560 hours.

The mission of the BS-CHE program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) is to prepare professionals using entry-level (BS-CHE) health education competencies and public health core areas who will address quality of life enhancement through health education and health promotion, mindful of the holistic, dynamic and interdependent nature of people and their interactions with and within the environment.

BS-CHE Goals:

  1. To prepare community health educators through the necessary coursework in entry-level public health core areas and health education competencies.
  2. To prepare community health educators who will work with a variety of population demographics, settings, and cultural perspectives within the primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention domains of health education and health promotion.
  3. To engage community health education majors in Preceptorship experiences that enable candidates to become more competent within the seven entry-level Areas of Responsibility.

BS-CHE Program Objectives:

By the end of the BS-CHE program, at the entry level, candidates will be able to:

  • assess individual and community needs at the entry level;
  • plan health education strategies, interventions, and programs at the entry level;
  • implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs at the entry level;
  • conduct evaluation and research related to health education at the entry level;
  • administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs at the entry level;
  • serve as a health education resource person at the entry level;
  • communicate and advocate for health and health education at the entry level;
  • incorporate basic biostatistical knowledge and skills into practice;
  • incorporate basic epidemiologic knowledge and skills into practice;
  • incorporate basic environmental health knowledge and skills into practice;
  • incorporate basic health service administration knowledge and skills into practice;
  • incorporate basic behavioral and social knowledge and skills into practice.