Employment of community health workers is expected to increase by 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Through knowledge and experience, students pursuing the community healthy specialization learn about administrative aspects of health care, community outreach and advocacy, health disparity, illness risk factors and trends, and more, to improve health behaviors and outcomes.
Students can choose to focus their specialization in community health administration, education, principles or integrative health and wellness.
Individualized study plans in community health education help prepare students to become a certified health education specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing/NCHEC.
The community health specialization prepares students to work in a variety of settings, including non-profit community organizations, worksite/corporate wellness, healthcare organizations and health departments.
Popular careers include
- Community health worker
- Patient educator and advocate
- Social and human service worker
- Worksite wellness educator
- Healthcare organization administrator
- Hospital administrator
- Long term care facility administrator
Lucy Connery, ’19/20
Health promotion, community health principles; Spanish; Master’s in Public Health
Associate Director at the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY, Inc.
Ashley Giaquinto, ’20
Health promotion, community health specialization
Community health outreach worker, Neighborhood Health Center