Community Health Education

Department of Kinesiology

Community Health Education

UIndy’s community health education degree prepares you for an administrative role in addressing a community’s unique health and wellness challenges through educational resources and programs. And because UIndy is situated in a hub of community health activity, you’ll have the opportunity to learn directly from practitioners in hospitals, clinics, wellness centers and other worksites. In whichever setting you prefer, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to carry out organized missions for weight management, disease and illness prevention, proper nutrition and exercise. Interested to learn more about the roles and various work settings of health education specialists? Watch this short video from the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), a main professional organization within the field of community health.

Program strengths

  • One-on-one access to faculty, program coordinators and academic advisors
  • Access to major health resources and organizations within a few miles of campus
  • Participation in project-based learning in almost every course
  • Ability to work alongside faculty members to conduct research on various health topics
  • Solid preparation for a graduate degree in occupational or physical therapy
  • Close partnerships with community organizations to create health education programs, as well as service opportunities and networking for possible internships and jobs

"The greatest experience I had (while at UIndy) would have to be my internship. It prepared me for a career in the health field and helped me land a job right out of school."

Corey Nelson

Community Health Network

Pre-occupational therapy or pre-physical therapy track

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in occupational or physical therapy, an undergraduate major in community health education may be the right option for you. At UIndy, you may choose any undergraduate major you wish and still be considered “pre-OT” or “pre-PT”, as long as you complete the prerequisite courses. The community health education curriculum combines those prerequisite courses with a strong foundation in the social sciences.

Community outreach and service learning

Students have the opportunity to complete various community and service learning projects to boost their professional experience. In the past, students have worked with the Marion County Health Department to propose new community programs targeting childhood obesity, smoking policy enforcement, drug education, pedestrian safety and sexuality education.

CHE students and grads have interned or worked for:

St. Vincent Health
Marion County Health Department
Community Health Network
Ruth Lilly Health Education Center
Franciscan St. Francis Health
American Heart Association
Social Health Association
National Institute for Fitness and Sport

Potential careers in community health education

Being a community health education major opens up a variety of career options. Put your degree to work in settings such as:

  • Governmental and public health agencies – Administer state-mandated programs and health policy changes.
  • Volunteer and private agencies – Inform the public on health programs and resources available to them in the community.
  • Hospitals and other health care settings– Educate patients and their families on their diagnosis and how it may affect their lifestyles.
  • Industrial settings in worksite wellness/health promotion – Organize programs that would fit into workers’ schedules.

Typical job titles might include:

  • Health education specialist
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Health program evaluator
  • Health services administrator

Get certified as a health education specialist

Graduates from this program are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. As a credentialed health education specialist, you’ll meet the national standards of practice while showing your commitment to continued professional development. Given our students’ high pass rate, you can be sure that a UIndy education lays the groundwork for exam success.

Community health education might be for you if:

  • You enjoy teaching, assessing and planning activities
  • You have good organizational skills
  • You are interested in health behavior of individuals and families who are at risk for physical, mental and environmental health issues
  • You consider healthy eating habits and wellness activities an important aspect of your routine
  • You are interested in researching and pioneering solutions to health problems

"My internship during my last semester is what really prepared me to go out into the real world after graduation. I did my internship with the National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) and I was able to get a grasp on what I would be doing with my degree. I am thankful for the opportunity UIndy gives its students to spend the last semester doing field work."

Mistie Hayhow

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the classes you’ll need to take as a community health education major. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements, while the community health education curriculum guide lists the classes needed to major in community health education. You’ll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you’ll take at UIndy.

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