Community Health Profession
purpose of a Community Health Educator is to assist individuals and communities
in promoting health and preventing disease.
Community Health Educators work in a variety of settings including
hospitals, non-profit organizations, government and private business, as well
as medical clinics and health departments.
The Community Health Education degree provides an opportunity for
students who have an interest in health-related disciplines to pursue a viable
career in the field.
Health educators help to promote health and prevent disease by:
the health needs of a targeted population;
with various groups to create and implement a quality health education program;
how effective a program was in achieving its objectives through conducting
surveys and analyzing statistical data; and by
an implemented health program based upon sound formative and summative evaluation
Community Health Environment
health educators have the primary objective of health promotion and disease
prevention, employment duties can be very different depending upon work setting.
Community health educators regularly work in an office setting if employed
within a local or state health department, nonprofit organization, college or
university or a medical care organization. Alternatively, health
educators may work outside the office setting if conducting health programs, organizing
communities or educating the public.
Community Health Requirements
an undergraduate degree in health education is a prerequisite for an entry
level community health educator position. Obtaining practical experience
and becoming CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certified can
health educators must be able to interact with people -- from individuals to
larger group settings. Community health educators regularly develop
programs, teach classes and facilitate presentations. Therefore, it is essential that health
educators have proficient oral and written communication skills; as well as public
speaking skills. In order to build
healthy communities, health educators frequently work with diverse cultures and
a wide range of populations.