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Master of Human Services: Community Health Track
Become the Bridge Between Communities and Resources to Keep Populations Healthy
Community health professionals are responsible for educating and communicating with the public about behaviors that promote wellness. They accomplish that goal by offering health education programming in a number of different settings, including clinical health care facilities, nonprofits, colleges and publicly funded health facilities.
Community Health Career Track Curriculum (9 credit hours)
Students who choose to complete the Master of Human Services Community Health Degree Track will complete the following courses:
MPH 515 Principles of Health Behavior (3 credit hours)
Analyze relationships between behavioral theory and health behavior across diverse communities. Explore behavioral models and theories to understand health risk behavior and psychological factors that affect physical conditions.
Course Outcomes +
- Describe behavioral theories and models.
- Analyze the relationships between behavioral theory and human health behavior change across diverse communities.
- Explain and evaluate the interactions between theory, the development of health promotion interventions, and public health research and practice.
- Communicate behavioral science concepts with other public health practitioners and the public.
- Assess the effectiveness of theory-based health promotion programs.
- Design theory-based health promotion programs.
MPH 584 Community Health (3 credit hours)
Explore the nature, extent, and causes of community health problems. Identify opportunities for holistic approaches to healthcare delivery and preventative programs for population health needs and benefits, at local, regional and national levels.
Course Outcomes +
- Identify functions of select community health organizations and services.
- Define and apply epidemiological principles for assessing and identifying community health issues.
- Describe the classification and prioritization of preventive and promotional programs for maximizing community health benefits at local, regional and national levels.
- Discuss the principles and significance of community engagement and organization in addressing health challenges.
- Identify gaps and propose holistic approaches to healthcare delivery and programs for population health needs across the life span.
- Identify incidence and prevalence of community health issues in environmental and occupational health, and discuss approaches to prevention.
MPH 585 Programming and Evaluation in Public Health (3 credit hours)
Evaluate and measure public health program objectives and outcomes in determining the need for quality standards using health informatics, statistics, concepts and analyses. Identify community health needs, design a public health program to meet that need, and demonstrate a return on investment toward improving population health.
Course Outcomes +
- Determine the importance of engaging stakeholders for successful public health program promotion planning, implementation and evaluation.
- Apply program logic models to describe public health program inputs/outputs, objectives and outcome-impact.
- Analyze public health program developmental stages in determining the need for quality standards when conducting program evaluations.
- Demonstrate public health program feasibility, quality, reliability, validity and value in design and methodology.
- Critically review the data generated from public health programs, the evaluation analysis and outcome measurements.
- Propose appropriate public health program outcomes measures and determine the effects on population health using health informatics, statistics, concepts and analyses.
Community Health Careers in Human Services
A Master of Human Services specialization in Community Health is ideal for social services professionals who are passionate about promoting the health of their community. This course of study is ideal for graduates who wish to assess a community's needs, design programs that fulfill those needs, and implement services to help people live healthier lives. Career titles include:
- Case Manager Nurse – uses excellent communication and organization skills to coordinate patient care to ensure optimal outcomes. These professionals may work in medical facilities, retirement homes, insurance companies, or government agencies.
- Clinical Instructor – after students in nursing or medical programs complete classroom work, a Clinical Instructor assesses their communication and patient care skills within a learning medical facility.
- Critical Care Manager – oversees the daily operations of critical care departments, such as intensive care units, within hospitals and other facilities. Coordinates with patients, families, staff, insurance companies, and other entities to deliver the best possible care to patients whose lives may be in danger.
- Health Educator – assesses the needs of a community, develops programs to meet those needs, and delivers critical services to help populations become healthier.
- Program/Outreach Coordinator – uses communication, prioritization, and budgeting skills to steer a program or department toward its goal of helping people improve their lives in a specific way.
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Community Health Employment Opportunities
Opportunities to educate individuals and families about preventative healthcare and connect them with the resources to promote healthy behaviors exist in organizations such as:
- Colleges and universities
- Government agencies
- Nonprofit organizations
- Private businesses
- Public health departments
- Social work practices
Advocate for the Health Needs of Others
You can make a lasting difference in the health and wellness of your community without obtaining a medical degree or licensure. Learn to promote the health of your community while becoming a bridge between resources and individuals through the online Master of Human Services program. Request Information or call (877) 497-5848 to speak with a program manager.