About this Program

Are you passionate about creating a healthier environment for people? Are you driven to educate people about the issues that affect their health and how they can change? Public health education specialists are on the front line of public health, advocating for healthier individuals, families and communities!

Public health education specialists are skilled in promoting health behaviors and policies that prevent disease and injury and enhance community health and quality of life. The public health education program at EMU can help you gain the skills to design and deliver evidence-based health education programs to improve health. The public health education program prepares culturally competent health education professionals to partner with individuals and communities to prevent disease and injury and promote health.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of health educators is expected to grow by 16% by 2026 as more groups look for ways to promote healthy lifestyles for individuals, families and communities.

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Why Study at Eastern?

As a student in the public health education program, you'll experience smaller class sizes, student-centered professors and peers excited about learning the skills of a public health education specialist.

Ganem Marouf, an undergraduate in the major, sums it up this way: “I’m enjoying my classes. The staff is so approachable and I’m forming connections. I chose community health education because I want to promote better health. Our health system is so focused on treating disease, but not prevention. Public health is where it’s at.”

The public health education program collaborates with EMU’s Office of Health Promotion to provide you with real-world opportunities to plan, implement and evaluate public health education programs both on campus and within the local community. EMU’s public health education programs and courses are competency-based. After successfully completing the undergraduate community health education track or the public health education master’s program, you will be eligible to take the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam.

At a Glance

  • Four programs available
  • Real-world opportunities

Details

  • Major
  • Minor
  • Master's degree
  • Graduate certificate

Resources

Contact Us

Kathleen Mullen Conley, Ph.D., undergraduate program coordinator
318V Porter Building
734.487.2808 | kconley@emich.edu

Joan Cowdery, Ph.D., graduate program coordinator
318 Porter Building
734.487.2811 | jcowdery@emich.edu

Explore this Program

OFFICE OF HEALTH PROMOTION

Find out about the mission and vision of the Office of Health Promotion.

UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING

Get information on the advisor for your program and how to contact them.

BETA DELTA

Learn more about the EMU Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a national professional health education honorary.