Western's Community Health program is nationally, regionally, and locally recognized as a rigorous professional development program for entry-level health educators. Community Health educators assess individual and community needs for health education, plan, implement and administer health education strategies, interventions and programs, conduct evaluation and research, serve as a health education resource, and communicate and advocate for health and health education.
The program is rigorous and faculty members emphasize diverse classroom projects and community outreach. Students explore the biological, social, environmental and individual determinants of health, taking two to three years of course work in Health Education and supporting areas, including social sciences (Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology), biological and physical sciences (Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, and Chemistry), nutrition, and electives that complement a student's interests and professional needs.
The curriculum is based on the skills and competencies to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Western’s Health and Human Development Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.