Community Health Education
Bachelor of Science: Community Health Education: Concentration in School Health Education
Health care, health promotion, and disease prevention - among every age segment - is an issue of growing worldwide importance, making the need for community health educators greater than ever.
To help meet that growing demand, the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) is one of only a few colleges to offer a bachelor's degree program in Community Health Education as well as a specialized concentration in School Health Education - a program designed to prepare you to teach health in K-12 classrooms in Maine and in approximately 30 other states.
Learning-by-doing is the keystone of the Community Health Education programs at UMF. Classroom-based research, on-campus work opportunities, student teaching and practicum (for those in the School Health Ed concentration) and service-learning projects are led by faculty with a broad range of expertise including nutrition, stress management, human sexuality, environmental health, disease prevention and health promotion.
To help you gain in-the-field experience, your senior year will include an on-site internship with an established health provider. (We will help to arrange that for you.) UMF students have completed internships at the American Red Cross, Occupational Medical Counseling, UNUM Corp., Franklin Memorial Hospital, the Maine Center for Disease Control, the Maine Cardiovascular Health Program, Hannaford Supermarket's Employee Wellness Program, the Somerset Heart Health Program, the Healthy Community Coalition, the Maine Bureau of Health, to name just a few.
You'll also have health education opportunities right on campus. Hands-on learning experiences are available at the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center where you can do internships, teach group fitness classes, or work as a student personal trainer. And the UMF Student Health Club (a student organization) provides opportunities to participate in local, state, and national health conferences.
Note: UMF's Community Health Education program qualifies for the New England Regional Program tuition discount - a discount of more than $4,500 per year. Through this Program, students from other New England states and Canada can apply for certain majors at Farmington and pay reduced tuition. The majors that qualify for this vary by state. See the link, New England Regional Program.
"What appeals to me about Community Health Ed. is that it's diverse - you can do many different things with it. It's a good way to help people learn how to help themselves. The Health Lab class I took was great. And I thought Group Fitness was the best thing ever. I got so interested that I ended up taking the Instructor Training course, and right now I teach group fitness at the UMF Fitness & Rec Center. I just love it!"
-- Glison Lehto
From Oakland, Maine
Because Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student - in every major - will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to your major in Community Health Education, such as:
|• Foundations of School Health Education|
|• Adulthood and Aging|
|• Substance Abuse Prevention|
|• Health and Society|
|• Environmental Health|
|• Principles of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion|
|• Principles of Epidemiology|
|• Nutrition and Exercise|
|• Introductory Statistics|
|• Child and Adolescent Health|
|• Child and Adolescent Development|
For additional information about Community Health Education: Concentration in School Health Education at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994
US tel 207-778-7050
Intl. tel 00-1-207-778-7050