Public and Community Health

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Public and Community Health

The program provides students with the basic knowledge, skills, and applied studies needed for entry-level positions in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, physician group practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, and non-profit organizations. The curriculum includes business aspects of health care organizations, such as finance, management, and marketing, as well as health care planning, policy, and special event management. In addition, students learn about advanced concepts in consumer health, substance abuse, human sexuality, nutrition, mental health, and evaluation and administration of health programs. These areas prepare students to sit for the national examination to earn professional recognition as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

School of Nursing and Health Professions

DEPARTMENT OF Public & community health

Degrees offered


Average class size



Main campus | Online | Ft. Campbell campus | Hopkinsville campus | Paducah campus | Madisonville campus | Henderson campus

Clubs and Internships

Internships are key to getting real-world work experience. That’s why they’re a required part of the public and community health program. But don’t worry — we’ll help you find one! You’ll get the chance to work in the field for an entire semester. Plus, you can learn even more by joining the Student Health Educators Association (SHEA).




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