“The Department of Community Health Education prepares students to be professionally competent leaders
in health promotion and disease prevention by cultivating a passion for healthy communities and sensitivity to
diversity through classroom instruction, hands on experiences, and opportunities for research.”
GOALS OF THE PROGRAM
Upon graduation we seek for each student to:
- sit for and pass the Certified Health Education Specialist exam through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing,
- obtain gainful employment in the health field, and/or
- be accepted into a graduate degree program in public health or a related field.
WHAT IS HEALTH EDUCATION? AND WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A DEGREE IN IT?
The field of health education serves to encourage healthy lifestyles through educating and serving individuals and communities in an effort to reduce disease, disability, and premature death while increasing quality of life. Health education draws on biological, social, psychological, environmental, medical and other sciences to design strategic and best practices for improving the health related skills, knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes of individuals and communities. Focusing on prevention leads to reductions in health related costs for government, employers, insurance companies, medical facilities, and individuals. Students who earn degrees in Community Health Education from UMF will gain skills that prepare them for employment in public health organizations, schools, hospitals and clinics, non-profit agencies, government agencies, community organizations, and many other settings working to educate, advocate, and promote policy. See the professional links to the left for more information about the field, and the link on Alumni in the Field for examples of where our graduates are.
Symposium - Each year in the spring the university holds a day for students to showcase their scholarly and creative works through papers, performances, poster sessions, etc. Community Health Education students regularly partake. More information about symposium can be found by clicking here.
ONGOING & PAST EVENTS
November, 2013 – Over a dozen students attended the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Conference in Rockport, ME.
November, 2013 – Faculty from the department presented at the American Public Health Association National Conference in Boston, MA.
December, 2013 - Senior majors working on and finishing their internships presented and shared their experiences to the university during an open symposium.
April 2nd, 2014 – The Maine Nutrition Council Annual Conference is being held on campus. The event will focus on conversations and lectures on how we will feed the next generation to produce healthy, productive adults.
April 3rd, 2014 – Dr. Jennings, a faculty member in the department, will be sharing her research at the SHAPE America National Conference (Formerly AAHPERD) in St. Louis, MO.
April 19th, 2014 – The UMF Health Club students are holding the first ever “Tint Sprint” at UMF. This 5K run combines the traditional Turkey Trot route with a new twist: paint! Start the race wearing a white shirt and end the race colorful! Come down and enjoy a day filled with fun, music, and great company! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Eta Sigma Gamma, UMF. For more information visit the events Facebook page by clicking here.
May 9th, 2014 – The department will be holding its Eta Sigma Gamma annual induction event including a social to celebrate students and faculty. This years keynote speaker will be Lee Gilman. See the link to the left with more information about ESG.
Check back often for updates on coming events