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Community Health


The mission of the Community Health Education Program at Murray State University is to educate and develop professional community health educators by providing competencies and skills needed to preserve, promote, and improve the health and well-being of diverse individuals and communities.


To achieve and maintain recognition in the development and application of innovative models of education, research, and service that promote collaboration between public health agencies; where individuals can develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to be exceptional community health educators.


The Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education is designed to prepare students to:

  • promote the health of individuals and groups within a com­munity;
  • demonstrate the ability to think critically and behave ethically while fulfilling the seven areas of responsibility for a health educator;
  • work with individuals, groups, and families in the worksite, health behavior organizations, university-based health services, wellness centers, and community health programs at the local, state, or federal level;
  • display positive professional dispositions consistent with current standards of practice;
  • communicate with clients, families, colleagues, and all stake­holders in implementing health promotion programs;
  • limit instruction, communication, and counseling to the health educator's professional scope of practice;
  • pass the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examina­tion; and
  • gain employment as a community-based health educator.


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