The School of Education & Human Sciences offers a BSE in Community Health. Community Health prepares students to effectively educate individuals, families, and communities about health issues. They are prepared for employment providing health education-related services in non-school agencies such as health care facilities, local, state, and national health agencies, and international health agencies in the government, for-profit, and not-for-profit sectors.
Sample of Related Skills
- Assess community needs and planning and evaluating health programs
- Interpret quantitative and qualitative research findings in the medical, nursing, public health and social science literature
- Examine the principal determinants of health problems facing the world’s populations within social, economic and political contexts
- Identify biological, behavioral and social principals of health promotion and disease prevention across the life span
- Describe the interactions between biological, psychological, environmental and cultural factors influencing public health and disease prevention strategies
- Examine healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments, with attention to healthcare disparities
- Communicate and conduct presentations on public health problems, determinants and evidence-based interventions
Popular Career Paths
Individual and Community Health: Involves the promotion, maintenance, and improvement of individual and community health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy lifestyles and behaviors
Environmental or Occupational Health: Involves the evaluation and examination of all aspects of the natural and/or work environment that may affect human health as well as the development and implementation of programs and procedures that prevent disease or injury
Disease Prevention and Management: Involves the examination of the factors affecting the health and illness of populations and the development of prevention and control methods
Jobs to Consider
- Community Health Advisor
- Community Relations Specialist
- Corporate Wellness Instructor
- Environmental Health Scientist
- Family Advocate
- Health Educator/Counselor/Consultant
- Health Policy Specialist
- Health Promotions Specialist Coordinator
- Human Development Specialist
- Outreach Coordinator
- Patient Advocate/Educator
- Public Health Aide/Educator
- Program Coordinator
- Recreation Coordinator
- Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Wellness Coordinator
Places to Seek Employment
- Adoption Agencies
- Birthing Centers
- College/University Health Centers
- Community Outreach Programs
- Corporate Wellness Programs
- Crisis Intervention Agencies
Career Exploration Hub
- Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
- Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.