“The Department of Community Health Education prepares students to be professionally competent leaders in health promotion and disease prevention by cultivating a passion for healthy communities and sensitivity to diversity through classroom instruction, hands on experiences, and opportunities for research.”


  • sit for and pass the Certified Health Education Specialist exam through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing,
  • obtain gainful employment in the health field, and/or
  • be accepted into a graduate degree program in public health or a related field.


The field of health education serves to encourage healthy lifestyles through educating and serving individuals and communities in an effort to reduce disease, disability, and premature death while increasing quality of life.  Health education draws on biological, social, psychological, environmental, medical and other sciences to design strategic and best practices for improving the health related skills, knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes of individuals and communities.  Focusing on prevention leads to reductions in health related costs for government, employers, insurance companies, medical facilities, and individuals.  Students who earn degrees in Community Health Education from UMF will gain skills that prepare them for employment in public health organizations, schools, hospitals and clinics, non-profit agencies, government agencies, community organizations, and many other settings working to educate, advocate, and promote policy. See the professional and useful links to the right for more information about the field, our alumni, and more!


 Symposium – Each year in the spring the university holds a day for students to showcase their scholarly and creative works through papers, performances, poster sessions, etc.  Community Health Education students regularly partake. More information about symposium can be found by clicking here.

Eta Sigma Gamma Induction – At the end of each academic year the department holds its Eta Sigma Gamma annual induction event including a social to celebrate students and faculty.  More information about ESG can be found under the professional links.


November, 2014 – Students attended the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Conference in Rockport, ME.

November, 2014 – Faculty from the department shared their research at the American Public Health Association National Conference in  New Orleans.

May 9th, 2014The department held its Eta Sigma Gamma annual induction event including a social to celebrate students and faculty.  This years keynote speaker was Rob Lively.

April 19th, 2014 – The UMF Health Club students held the first ever “Tint Sprint” at UMF.  The 5K run combined the traditional Turkey Trot route with a new twist: paint! A portion of the proceeds went to benefit Eta Sigma Gamma, UMF.  For more information visit the events Facebook page by clicking here.

April 3rd, 2014 – Dr. Jennings, a faculty member in the department, shared her research at the SHAPE America National Conference in St. Louis, MO.

April 2nd, 2014 – The Maine Nutrition Council Annual Conference was held on campus. The event focused on conversations and lectures on how we will feed the next generation to produce healthy, productive adults.

November, 2013 – Faculty from the department presented at the American Public Health Association National Conference in  Boston, MA.


March, 2015 – Faculty from the department will travel and shared their research at the SHAPE America National Conference in Seattle, WA.

Check back often for updates on coming events

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