Community Health Education (CHE) prepares students to promote health and wellness in community and organizational settings.

CHE students are trained to educate and provide information to health consumers that will empower health management and disease prevention. CHE students also are actively involved in the research, analysis and identification of methods to enhance health and healthcare services.

CHE curriculum is consistent with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). The NCHEC outlines several main areas of responsibility and corresponding competencies that define the role of a health educator. An undergraduate degree from University of Michigan-Dearborn in CHE ensures that students are eligible and prepared to take the NCHEC exam and become credentialed as a health educator.

  • The goals of the undergraduate major in Community Health Education are to prepare students to:

    • Promote health and wellness in community and organizational settings
    • Educate and provide information to health consumers that would improve health management and develop disease prevention programs
    • Be actively involved in researching, analyzing, and identifying ways to enhance health and healthcare services.

    The undergraduate degree in CHE would provide a student with a comprehensive biopsychosocial framework from which to build a set of job skills and abilities. These program learning outcomes include:

    • Assessing the needs of the people they serve

    • Developing programs and events to teach people about health topics

    • Creating and distributing health-related posters, pamphlets, and other educational materials

    • Evaluating the effectiveness of programs and materials

    • Helping people find health services or information

    • Supervising staff who implement health education programs

    • Collecting and analyzing data to learn about their audience and improve programs

    • Advocating for improved health resources and policies