Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ1. Where do I go to declare CHE as my major?

Guy Herling
Assistant to the Dean
228 Graff Main Hall

FAQ 2. Where can I find more information about a career in Community Health Education?

  1. Keely Rees, Ph.D., CHES
    Assistant Professor
    Director, Undergraduate Community Health Education
    Dept. of Health Education and Health Promotion
    217 Mitchell Hall
    La Crosse, WI 54601
  2. CHE Faculty—Dr Gary Gilmore, Dr Dan Duquette, Professor Robert Jecklin
  3. National professional websites:
  4. What is CHE?

FAQ 3.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.

FAQ 4. Which courses should I take first?

Link to our advising sheet (coming soon).

Interdisciplinary Courses HED 205 CHE 240 (see Course Catalog)

FAQ 5. Where can I volunteer?

Please check out OPPORTUNITIES or

FAQ 6. What if I don’t 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.

FAQ 7. 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.

FAQ 8. Where can CHE work other than health departments?

Corporations (Worksite Wellness, Employee Health), Health Care/Hospital Settings, Non-Profit Organizations, School Districts, County or State Health Agencies

FAQ 9. What minors go well with Community Health?

Communication Minor
Language Major/Minor (e.g. Spanish)
Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Nutrition Minor
Gerontology Emphasis (Overview Sheet  pdf)

FAQ 10. How do you find out more about the receptorship and the process of preparation?

Link to Preceptorship Page

FAQ 11. What are the benefits of CHES certification?

Information current students want other students to know:

  • That the other people in Community Health are a lot like me and just because we talk about optimal health practices doesn’t mean that we can’t hangout socially in a more relaxed atmosphere.
  • There are graduate students in our classes. This is a great time to hear about projects that they are working on, hear about what it is like to be a health educator in our community and see what lies ahead if we choose to get a master’s degree.
  • The professors in our major are very knowledgeable and recognized within community health with diverse work backgrounds.
  • Our professors are not scary intimidating people, they want to help and teach us how to make our passions real.