Community Health Education

Community Health Educators inform people about healthy choices in behaviors and help them achieve the goal of making those behaviors into habits. They work in a variety of different settings from hospitals to offices to academic settings and they work for for-profit (such as a doctor's office), not-for-profit (such as the local chapter of the American Hemi Association) and governmental organizations (such as the Women Infant and Children office or the U.S. Department of Agriculture) as well as starting their own consulting businesses as  Health and Wellness Coaches.

The primary job duties include teaching individuals and groups about healthy behaviors such as nutrition, exercise, disease prevention and how to access needed health care. They also work with people to develop behavior changes that support healthy behaviors. In some organizations, Community Health Educators will also analyze data about health outcomes in the community and advocate for changes and programs that would improve the overall health of the community. The exact duties of a Community Health Educator would change depending on the organization and setting in which they work, with a large variety of possibilities available for both.

The Department of Labor, in the Occupational Outlook Handbook (2018) report that the job outlook for this profession over the next 10 years has a projected growth of 16%, which is much higher than average with nearly 20,000 new jobs being created in the next decade. The median pay for Community Health Educators in 2017 is reported to be $53,000. Community Health Workers do not have the same level of education as Community Health Educators and do not require a Bachelor’s degree, but do need a background in the field, such as an Associate’s degree, since they perform some similar job functions. The median salary for Community Health Workers in 2017 was $38,000.

Because the settings and job duties of Community Health Educators vary widely, students may wish to direct their career path in a variety of directions and this comprehensive program allows them to obtain the degree as a generalist or concentrate their studies in one of four different directions. Additionally, since Community Health Educators use a variety of knowledge, skills and abilities, many non-major students may have an interest in this area and may wish to pursue a minor or a certificate in the program as well.

Dr. Grayson Lipford
Coordinator, Community Health Education
(910) 630-7450
glipford@methodist.edu


Degrees Awarded

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with optional concentrations in Psychology, Communications, Health Care Administration, or Health & Wellness Coaching, Associate of Science (A.S.), Certificate in Community Health Education.


Major Requirements

The Community Health Education major consists of at least 51 s.h. – 40-41 s.h. in Community Health Education Core and four courses of 11+ s.h. of general Community Health Education electives with at least three courses at the 3000 level or above or four courses of 11 + hours in a Concentration.

Students must also complete PSY 1010 General Psychology as part of their General Education Core or as an elective.

Required Core Courses

  • PXS 1000 Introduction to Community Health Education (1 s.h.)
  • PXS 2200 Computer Applications for Physical Education and Health Education (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2400 Human Nutrition (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2800 Exercise for Disease and Disability OR PXS 3060 Adapted Physical Education (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2860 Human Physiology and Survey of Diseases (or ATP 2860 or BIO 2120 or BIO 3080) (3-4 s.h.)
  • PXS 2900 Principles of Physical Conditioning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2920 Internship I (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 3000 Community Health (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3100 Health Education (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3920 Internship II (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 4000 Health and Fitness Management (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4050 Measurement and Evaluation (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4100 Exercise Adherence and Personal Training (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4150 Capstone (2 s.h.)
  • ATP 2300  Psychosocial Aspects of Health Care (3 s.h.)

Electives

Students majoring in general Community Health Education must choose at least three courses totaling 11 s.h. or more from the choices below, with three or more courses at the 3000 level or above required:

  • ACL 3400 Listening (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3540 Business and Professional Speaking (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3600 Exploring Cross-cultural Communications (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3710 Interpersonal Communications (3 s.h.)
  • ACL/SOC 3750  Small Group Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3900 Interpersonal Conflict Management (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 3000 Personal Finance (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 2430 Management and Organization (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 3750 Human Resources Management (3 s.h.)
  • HCA 2300  Medical Terminology (3 s.h.)
  • HCA 3050 Managing Health Care Organizations   (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3000/IDS 3010 Principles of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS/JUS 3250   Theories and Techniques of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 2200 Applied Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • MKT 2510 Principles of Marketing (3 s.h.)
  • NUR 3010 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 s.h.)*
  • NUR 3150 Nutrition for Health and Healing (3 s.h.)*
  • PSY 3300 Psychological Counseling (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3410 Abnormal Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3360 Health Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 4050 Theories of Personality (3 s.h.)
  • PSY/SOC 3610 Social Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 4310 Principles of Learning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 1200 Weight Training Techniques (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 2090 Sport Pedagogy I OR PXS 3400 Sport Pedagogy II (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2170 First Aid/CPR/AED (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 2800 Exercise for Disease and Disability (If PXS 3060 fulfills core) (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2850 Kinetic Human Anatomy OR BIO 2110 Human Anatomy and Physiology I OR BIO 3060 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3-4 s.h.)
  • PXS 3060 Adapted Physical Education (If PXS 2800 fulfills core) (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3080 Sport Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3120 Basic Biomechanics (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3300 Behavior Management for Physical Education and Health Education (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4040 Physiology of Exercise (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4060  Adapted Physical Education Practicum (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 3600 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 s.h.)
  • SOC/GRN/SWK 3450 Physiology of Aging (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3500 Human Diversity and Populations At-Risk (3 s.h.)

*NUR courses are only for those switching from Nursing to Community Health Education.

Requirements for the Major with a Concentration in Psychology

In addition to the Core Requirements for the major in Community Health Education listed above, students must choose four of the following courses (12 s.h.) for the concentration in Psychology:

  • PSY 2040 Lifespan Human Development (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 2500 Statistics for Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3300 Psychological Counseling (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3410 Abnormal Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3360 Health Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3470 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 s.h.)
  • PSY/SOC 3610 Social Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 4050 Theories of Personality (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 4310 Principles of Learning (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 3600 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 s.h.)
  • SOC/GRN/SWK 3450 Physiology of Aging (3 s.h.)

Requirements for the Major with a Concentration in Communications

In addition to the Core Requirements for the major in Community Health Education listed above, students must choose four of the following courses (12 s.h.) for the concentration in Communications:

  • ACL 1500 Introduction to Interpersonal Communications (3 s.h.)*
  • ACL 1510 Speech Communication (3 s.h.)*
  • ACL 3400 Listening (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3540 Business and Professional Speaking (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3600 Exploring Cross-cultural Communications (3 s.h.)*
  • ACL 3700 Results-Oriented Persuasion (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3710 Interpersonal Communications (3 s.h.)
  • ACL/SOC 3750  Small Group Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3900 Interpersonal Conflict Management (3 s.h.)

* - If not taken to fulfill General Education Requirements


Requirements for the Major with a Concentration in Health Care Administration

In addition to the Core Requirements for the major in Community Health Education listed above, students must choose four of the following courses (12 s.h.) for the concentration in Health Care Administration:

  • ACC 2510 Principles of Financial Accounting (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3540 Business and Professional Speaking (3 s.h.)
  • BUS/PHI 3200 Business Ethics (3 s.h.)
  • HCA 2000 Introduction to Health Care Administration (3 s.h.)
  • HCA 2300  Medical Terminology (3 s.h.)
  • HCA 3050 Managing Health Care Organizations   (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3000/IDS 3010 Principles of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • MKT 2510 Principles of Marketing (3 s.h.)

Requirements for the Major with a Concentration in Health & Wellness Coaching

In addition to the Core Requirements for the major in Community Health Education listed above, students must choose four of the following courses (12 s.h.) for the concentration in Health & Wellness Coaching:

  • ACL 3400 Listening (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3710 Interpersonal Communications (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 3000 Personal Finance (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 3010 Entrepreneurship (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3000/IDS 3010 Principles of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • MKT 2510 Principles of Marketing (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3300 Psychological Counseling (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3360 Health Psychology (3 s.h.)

Minor Requirements

The Community Health Education minor consists of 19 s.h. distributed as follows:

  • PXS 1000 Introduction to Community Health Education (1 s.h.)
  • PXS 2400 Human Nutrition (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2800 Exercise for Disease & Disability OR PXS 3060 Adapted Physical Education (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2860 Human Physiology & Survey of Diseases (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3000 Community Health (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3100 Health Education (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4100 Exercise Adherence & Personal Training (3 s.h.)

Students must also complete PSY 1010 General Psychology as part of their General Education Core or as an elective.


Requirements for the Associate of Science Subject Concentration

The Community Health Education subject concentration for the Associate of Science degree consists of 29-30 s.h. distributed as follows:

  • PXS 1000 Introduction to Community Health Education (1 s.h.)
  • PXS 2400 Human Nutrition (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2800 Exercise for Disease & Disability OR PXS 3060 Adapted Physical Education (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2860 Human Physiology & Survey of Diseases (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2900 Principles of Physical Conditioning (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2920 Internship I (2 s.h.)
  • PXS 3000 Community Health (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3100 Health Education (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4100 Exercise Adherence & Personal Training (3 s.h.)
  • Two elective courses (5-6 s.h.) chosen from the list of major requirements

Students must also complete PSY 1010 General Psychology as part of their General Education Core or as an elective.


Requirements for the Undergraduate Certificate

The Community Health Education Undergraduate Certificate consists of 15 s.h. distributed as follows:

  • PSY 1010 General Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 2400 Human Nutrition (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 3000 Community Health (3 s.h.)
  • PXS 4100 Exercise Adherence & Personal Training (3 s.h.)
  • One elective (3 s.h.) chosen from the list of major courses

Program Faculty & Staff

John Herring

Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
(910) 630-7365
Kyrstin Krist, Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science

Dr. Kyrstin Krist

Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
(910) 480-8452
Dr. Gray Lipford, Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science

Dr. Gray Lipford

Chair, Physical Education & Exercise Science
(910) 630-7450
Amanda Ransom, Assistant Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science

Dr. Amanda Ransom

Assistant Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
(910) 482-5415
Jamie Robbins, Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science

Dr. Jamie Robbins

Asso. Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
(910) 480-8517
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