Community Health

Make the world a healthier place.

Perhaps you or a member of your family has had a close call with a health issue. The experience resonated with you, and your increased sensitivity makes you an ideal addition to the community health field. Our program provides you with excellent research skills and an understanding of the interplay between government, business and community. Many of our students are already employed in the community health field and enroll in our program to continue their professional development. You’ll have the option of choosing between four concentrations: general public health, health care policy and administration, thanatology and community health education. Armed with your advanced degree and your compassionate nature, you’ll be one of the most sought-after candidates for any position in the field.

Undoubtedly, the most rewarding part of my job is watching students apply the skills and scientific approaches that they learn in the classroom to the challenges that they face in their communities.

Sean Haley
Assistant Professor

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Quick Facts

  • Community health workers increase access to health care for underserved populations. 
  • Although thanatology was introduced as a scientific discipline in 1903, it wasn’t until the mass casualties of World War II that the study of dying, death and grief began to gain importance.
  • The first hospice in the United States opened in 1973. Today, there are more than 3,400 hospices nationwide.

Possible Careers

  • Program director at a hospice
  • Bereavement coordinator for a hospital
  • Public health educator for a government agency