This concentration in the Health Department is intended to prepare health education specialists to work in a variety of private, public and worksite settings related to health promotion. Responsibilities include assessing client needs, designing health promotion programs, implementing/coordinating programs and evaluation of outcomes.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Assess a community's health needs to determine priority areas amenable to intervention.
- Utilize models, theories, and frameworks to assess, develop, or plan community health interventions.
- Analyze the impact and role of public health systems and the environment in the design and planning of community health interventions.
- Analyze a health issue using an ecological framework to identify opportunities for intervention.
- Plan an evidence-based program to address a community's health needs and improve quality of life.
- Select and apply valid sources of secondary data when engaging in community health practice.
- Collect, analyze, and interpret primary and secondary data needed to address a research question, to evaluate the effectiveness of a program/service, or to assess the health needs of a community.
- Use the research literature to identify evidence based practices for public health interventions.
- Plan, implement, and evaluate a health intervention to promote health at the individual, community, or policy level.
- Collaborate with other community health professionals, stakeholders, and participants to address a community's needs.
- Effectively communicate community health information in oral and written forms through a variety of sources and channels.
- Apply ethical principles when working with organizations, communities, and individuals.
- Demonstrate cultural competence when working with diverse populations.
- Demonstrate the dispositions needed to be an effective public health professional.
- Articulate a plan for achieving a career of their choice in public health.
- Wellness specialist in a business or corporation
- Wellness manager in a private health promotion center
- College or school-site wellness coordinator
- Wellness coordinator in a community agency