The bachelor's degree in community health at the University of Kansas prepares students for career paths in a variety of public health, community-based and clinical settings. Community health is a versatile field that encompasses a wide variety of interests, career paths and opportunities to serve our communities. Students in this program acquire the knowledge and skills to engage with diverse communities in the development, implementation, and assessment of health promotion programs. The program is rigorous and dynamic and allows students who are passionate about health issues in a community setting to achieve their professional goals, work with individuals to develop healthy attitudes and behaviors, ignite social movement, make connections and work toward achieving positive health outcomes for local communities. Coursework also prepares students for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam.
Career Outcomes in Community Health
The Community Health program prepares student through application-based and service-oriented opportunities to work in fields emphasizing health education, health promotion, community outreach and community partnerships. Additionally, the Community Health program promotes bringing a community health lens to the clinical setting. Therefore, this degree is advantageous for students interested in entering professions such as medicine, dentistry, and rehabilitation science so that they can promote health education, community health, and culturally mindful care within their practices as future health professionals. Graduates of the program may pursue careers in a variety of areas, including:
- Government or public agencies
- Non-profit organizations
- Health education
- Private sector consulting
- Private industry
I have really enjoyed all aspects of being a part of HSES within the School of Education and Human Sciences. As a Community Health major though, I think my favorite part is getting to explain what Community Health really means, and share the great experiences I have had so far learning about health based sciences, connecting with amazing staff and faculty and building relationships with peers.