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Master of Public Health: Community Health Education Specialization
A community can be a few city blocks or an entire state, a workplace or a university, a community center or a place of worship, a preschool or an assisted living facility. The Master of Public Health (MPH) specialization in Community Health Education prepares students to analyze the public health needs in their community and develop programs to improve the population's health.
Community health educators are equipped to assess a community's health, identify the prevailing health issues within the community, and identify the root causes of those problems. They also use that data to develop programs that assist people in the community to make positive changes that improve health and promote wellness. Public health professionals who wish to work directly with people and make a lasting difference in their own communities will find that Concordia University, Nebraska's Community Health Education specialization meets their career goals.
Community Health Education Specialization Curriculum (12 credit hours)
For students who choose the masters in health education degree, MPH 584 and MPH 585 are required courses. Students may choose two additional electives that to complement their public health career goals, for a total of 12 credit hours.
MPH 584 Community Health (3 credits)
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 programs.
MPH 585 Programming and Evaluation in Public Health (3 credits)
Evaluate and measure public health program objectives and outcomes in determining the need for quality standards using health informatics, statistics, concepts and analyses.
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.
Electives (Choose two courses)
MPH 560 Public Health Ethics (3 credits)
Recognize the moral foundation of public health research and theories and demonstrate ethical reasoning and decision-making in public health policy and practice.
Course Outcomes +
- Identify the theoretical basis for ethical and political controversies in public health policy and practice.
- Comprehend professional ethical norms and standards in public health and identify how it relates to one's moral/Christian obligation.
- Apply ethical theories and principles to decision-making issues in public health policy and practice.
- Recognize the ethical foundation of public health research.
- Demonstrate skills of ethical reasoning and decision-making.
MPH 583 Global Health (3 credits)
Understand the study of global health and various global health issues, disease, and healing in various cultural contexts within the developing and developed world. Learn more about the MPH mission trip.
Course Outcomes +
- Explain the study of global health and various health issues, disease, and healing in different cultural contexts.
- Compare and contrast the role of culture, class and gender on objective measures of health, perceptions of health and illness, and access to health services.
- Explain the main causes of ill health in the developing and developed world.
- Explain how health and illness, mortality and morbidity are measured in a population and be able to access, compile and present data on the health and healthy system of a country.
- Explain how economic, social and environmental factors determine the health of a population.
- Compare and contrast the variations in access, type and quality of health services between and within countries.
- Discuss the objectives and activities of the main international health organizations.
- Use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real life situations during an international health mission trip.
MPH 588 Marketing Public Health (3 credits)
Apply and examine social marketing campaigns for effective facilitation of social justice and communication of public health issues.
Course Outcomes +
- Apply the social marketing planning process to a specific public health issue.
- Examine social marketing campaigns for effective application of social marketing tactics.
- Describe the role of social marketing in developing sustainable solutions to public health issues.
- Describe the role of research in social marketing.
- Examine the impact of social marketing as a facilitator of social justice.
- Examine the need for social change in addressing public health issues.
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Community Health Education Careers
The Community Health degree specialization is ideal for health care professionals who are passionate about working with people and promoting the health of their community. Career titles include:
- Community Health Educator
- Executive Health Director
- Health & Wellness Coach
- Medical Technologist
- Physician Assistant
- Program Manager
- Registered Nurse
Securing promotions and advancing the career ladder in the health care field usually requires advanced degrees. A graduate degree in public health with a community health education specialization can help a wide variety of health professionals advance their careers.
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Cultivate Health Solutions and Educate your Community
Learn more about Concordia's online Master of Public Health (MPH) Community Health Education degree. Request more information or call 877-497-5848 to speak with a program manager.