COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION
The UMF Community Health Education program prepares students to work in a wide array of health-related settings. Our coursework gives students a unique skill set, allowing them to be recognized as professionals in the health industry and preparing them to become CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certified upon graduation. Many students choose a minor or concentration such as environmental studies, outdoor recreation, nutrition, physical fitness or coaching to optimize their learning and employment opportunities. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.
How do I explore Community Health at UMF?
There are many ways to explore a major. You could:
- Review the webpage for this major.
- Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
- Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
- Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
- Enroll in one of the following courses:
- HEA 123 Introduction to Community Health
- HEA 101, HEA 211, HEA 212, HEA 241, HEA 250, HEA 251, HEA 262 (electives for the major)
- Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Health Club, Fooding Club, Sexual Wellness Club, or Eta Sigma Gamma (Beta Epsilon Chapter).
- Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Joe Austin at The Partnership for Civic Advancement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
- Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
- Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.
What can I do with this major?
Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html
Can I minor in Community Health? Are there related majors at UMF?
Yes! UMF has a minor in Community Health, as well as Nutrition, Coaching, Child and Adolescent Health, Nutrition Education, Physical Fitness, Rehabilitation, Health & Medicine, and many other choices. Click here for more information. Students can choose to complete the optional Outdoor Recreation Programming Concentration. Majors related to Community Health include Health Information Systems, Outdoor Recreation Business Administration, Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services.
UMF also has a Teaching Concentration in Community Health Education. This degree program includes a semester of student teaching and leads to State certification in teacher education. View the catalog description for more information.
What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?
Nutrition Education Assistant, Recreation Director, Occupational Health Administrator, Behavioral Scientist, Epidemiologist, System Director of Patient Safety at EMHS, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Let’s Go Program Coordinator, Health Educator at Maine General Hospital, Wellness Coordinator, Public Health Promotion Specialist, Fundraising Coordinator, Family Therapist, World Wide Ergonomics Program Manager, and others.
What other career paths can I pursue?
Other career paths include Health Educator, Nutritionist/Dietician, Substance Abuse Counselor, Coach, Personal Trainer, Community Health Outreach Worker, Worksite Wellness Coordinator, Health Coach, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.
How do I declare this major?
To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office) and bring it to Dr. Maurice (Bud) Martin, Chair, in the Education Center, room 219C.