Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Wellness Education

The U.S. Center for Disease Control reports that 75% of healthcare dollars goes to the treatment of chronic diseases (Center for Disease Control, 2013). To reduce the cost of treating chronic diseases, increased emphasis has been placed on creating and implementing programs to promote health and wellness. These programs will not only have a positive economic impact, but they can also substantially improve the quality of life and decrease the incidence of death and disability due to preventable chronic disease.  Job growth in this industry is projected at 28%, which is faster than average.

The community health and wellness education program provides students with foundational knowledge in assessing, promoting and creating healthy lifestyles. Community health and wellness are considered from all dimensions: physical, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual. Coursework, internships, and practicum experiences provide students with a broad understanding of this growing discipline. Required and elective courses in informatics, community health, complementary/holistic health, and the legal, political, leadership, and business aspects of the health and wellness industry complete the curriculum.

The College’s collaborative approach to healthcare education is essential, because addressing the individual and community needs for healthcare and health education requires interdisciplinary planning and cooperation.

Through required coursework, opportunities for certification (i.e., cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid) are provided. Following successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Examination.

Graduates of the program are prepared to enter higher-degree programs in health-related fields such as a master’s in public health. Areas of employment following graduation from this program include but are not limited to: hospitals and clinics, community organizations, wellness coaching, health and wellness consultant, wellness coordinator, medical case management, medical sales, assisted living communities, community health centers, consumer advocacy organizations, health counseling practices, insurance companies, rehabilitation centers, pharmaceutical and hospital supply firms.

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Wellness Education, call 877.523.2537 or email admissions@becker.edu.

Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes incorporate the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators (2010). Courses within the program ensure that students will achieve the NCHEC competencies and subcompetencies, as presented in A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists (2010).

Although CHES certification is voluntary, obtaining certification in this discipline is important for the following reasons:

  • It validates that the educational program adhered to established national professional standards.
  • It attests to the program graduates’ knowledge and skills.
  • It assists employers in identifying qualified health education practitioners.

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