Community Health Education - B.S.

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Health Sciences
100 Nixson Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2197
www.kent.edu/ehhs/hs


Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education gives students the necessary tools to plan, implement and evaluate health education programs for individuals, communities and groups. The major features a capstone internship experience during which the student works with a health educator in a community setting. The program qualifies students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist Exam administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to professional coursework for a selective admission program. To be admitted directly into Community Health Education, it is required that new freshmen have a 2.750 high school GPA. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll into EHHS General until which time they have the required 2.750 GPA.

For admissions, the College of Education, Health and Human Services considers a student to have established a Kent State University GPA after the student has successfully completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours. Undergraduate students who have not completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours will be evaluated for admission into programs, advanced study and the professional phase based on their high school GPA for new freshmen, or transfer GPA for transfer students. Once a student has successfully completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours, only the student’s Kent State overall GPA will be considered for admission into a program, advanced study and professional phase.

Transfer students are accepted into the major by transfer if they have achieved a minimum 2.750 GPA in previous college coursework.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Conduct strategic planning, analyze the organization`s culture in relationship to program goals, facilitate cooperation between and among levels of program personnel, formulate practical modes of collaboration among health agencies and organizations and develop volunteer opportunities.
  2. Exhibit competence in carrying out planned educational programs; employ a wide range of educational methods and techniques, apply individual and group process methods as appropriate to given learning situations and select methods that best facilitate the practice of program objectives; infer enabling objectives as needed to implement instructional programs in specified settings, select methods and media best suited to implement program plans for specific learners and determine the availability of information, personnel, time and equipment needed to implement the program for a given audience; monitor educational programs, adjusting objectives and activities as necessary; and use the code of ethics in professional practice.
  3. Analyze factors the influence decision-makers, assess the appropriateness of language in health education messages and select a variety of communication methods and techniques in providing health information; demonstrate proficiency in communicating health information and health education needs and respond to public input regarding health education information; identify the significance and implications of health care providers` messages to consumers; and develop a personal plan for professional growth.
  4. Utilize computerized health information retrieval system effectively and match an information need with the appropriate retrieval system; access online and other health information resources and interpret and select effective educational resource materials for dissemination; assemble educational material of value to the health of individuals and community groups, evaluate the worth and applicability of resource materials for given audiences and refer requesters to valid sources of information; and apply various processes in the acquisition of resource materials, compare different methods for distributing educational materials and analyze parameters of effective consultative relationships.
  5. Obtain health-related data about social and cultural environments, growth and development factors, needs and interests, select valid sources of information about health needs and interests and utilize computerized sources of health-related information; employ or develop appropriate data-gathering instruments; distinguish between behaviors that foster and those that hinder well-being and investigate physical, social, emotional and intellectual factors that influence health behaviors; and analyze needs assessments.
  6. Synthesize information presented in the literature, develop plans to assess achievement of program objectives, determine standards of performance to be applied as criteria of effectiveness and select appropriate methods for evaluating program effectiveness; carry out evaluation plans, utilize data collecting methods appropriate to the objectives and analyze resulting evaluation data; and interpret results of program evaluation and infer implications from findings for future program planning.
  7. Communicate need for the program to those who will be involved; develop a logical scope and sequence plan for a health education program; organize the subject areas comprising the scope of a program in logical sequence; formulate appropriate and measurable program objectives, design educational programs consistent with specified program objectives; match proposed learning activities with those implicit in the stated objectives; select strategies best suited to implementation of educational objectives in a given setting; and plan a sequence of learning opportunities building upon and reinforcing mastery of preceding objectives.
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[EH-BS-CHED]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
COMM 45960HEALTH COMMUNICATION (min C grade)3
or HED 32565 MARKETING IN HEALTH EDUCATION
HED 11570PERSONAL HEALTH (min C grade)3
HED 11590COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION (min C grade)3
HED 21030INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH EDUCATION (min C grade)3
HED 21050HEALTH EDUCATION THEORIES (min C grade)3
HED 32542METHODS AND APPLICATIONS OF HEALTH EDUCATION (WIC) (min C grade)5
HED 32544HUMAN SEXUALITY (min C grade)3
HED 34050PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH EDUCATION (min C grade)3
HED 44092INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION (ELR) (min S grade)12
Choose from the following (min C grade):3-4
INTRODUCTORY BIOSTATISTICS
QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I
DATA ANALYSIS
and DATA ANALYSIS LABORATORY
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
BSCI 10001HUMAN BIOLOGY (KBS) (min C grade)3
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) (min C grade)3
ITEC 47427TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING 3
or ITEC 47430 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN EDUCATION
JMC 20001MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 3
JMC 20005FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDIA MESSAGES 3
NUTR 23511SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
PEB 10035LIFETIME FITNESS 2
PH 30006INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 3
PHIL 11001INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (DIVG) (KHUM) 3
or PHIL 21001 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (DIVG) (KHUM)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Health Education (HED) Electives, choose from the following:18
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
DRUG USE AND MISUSE
CONSUMER HEALTH
SMALL GROUP PROCESS
HEALTH COACHING
WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
SEXUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
DRUG ABUSE AND VIOLENCE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
STRESS: RECOGNITION AND MANAGEMENT
ADVANCED HUMAN SEXUALITY
AIDS: ISSUES, EDUCATION AND PREVENTION
FIELD EXPERIENCE IN HEALTH EDUCATION AND PROMOTION (ELR)
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)6
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Basic Sciences Laboratory1
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)12
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.750 2.750

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
!HED 11590 COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Health Education (HED) Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!HED 11570 PERSONAL HEALTH 3
PEB 10035 LIFETIME FITNESS 2
PHIL 11001
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (DIVG) (KHUM)
or INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (DIVG) (KHUM)
3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Three
BSCI 10001 HUMAN BIOLOGY (KBS) 3
!HED 21030 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH EDUCATION 3
HED 21050 HEALTH EDUCATION THEORIES 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!HED 32544 HUMAN SEXUALITY 3
SOC 32220
SOC 32221
DATA ANALYSIS
and DATA ANALYSIS LABORATORY
or INTRODUCTORY BIOSTATISTICS
or QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I
3-4
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!HED 32542 METHODS AND APPLICATIONS OF HEALTH EDUCATION (WIC) 5
NUTR 23511 SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
Health Education (HED) Electives 6
 Credit Hours14
Semester Six
COMM 45960
HEALTH COMMUNICATION
or MARKETING IN HEALTH EDUCATION
3
HED 34050 PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH EDUCATION 3
JMC 20001 MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 3
PH 30006 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 3
Kent Core Requirement 1
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
ITEC 47427
TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING
or COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN EDUCATION
3
JMC 20005 FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDIA MESSAGES 3
Health Education (HED) Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
HED 44092 INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION (ELR) 12
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120