Community Health

The School of Education 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.

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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.

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Employer categories:

  • Adoption Agencies
  • Birthing Centers
  • College/University Health Centers
  • Community Outreach Programs
  • Corporate Wellness Programs
  • Crisis Intervention Agencies
  • Drug/Alcohol Centers
  • Federal Agencies (ie, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health)
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • International Health Organizations (ie, World Health Organization, World Bank, United Nations)
  • Local and State Health Departments
  • Long-term Care Facilities
  • Non-Profit Organizations (ie, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Peace Corps)
  • Nursing Homes
  1. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  2. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  3. Consider obtaining the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification.
  4. Become involved in health programming on campus through resources like the KU Center for Community Outreach, KU Student Health ServicesKU Recreation Services.
  5. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Community Health Club, Hawks for Health, Recreation Services Student Staff Ambassadors, Peer Health Educators, and Student Health Advisory Board.
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).
  7. Consider obtaining your First Aid and CPR certification.
  8. Develop strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  9. Consider joining community health-related professional associations and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field of interest.
  10. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant.
  11. Some career paths listed above may require an advanced degree. To help you determine if a graduate degree will be necessary to reach your specific career goals, schedule an appointment with a career coach at the UCC or with your academic advisor.

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