Community Health

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.

Community Health Department website

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

Places to Seek Employment

  • Adoption Agencies
  • Birthing Centers
  • College/University Health Centers
  • Community Outreach Programs
  • Corporate Wellness Programs
  •  Crisis Intervention Agencies 

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.