​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Public health education is for the service-minded student with a passion for teaching and health. Central’s program will prepare you for a career in many different governmental, nonprofit or community-based organizations, private health agencies, and hospitals. After graduating, you’ll be ready to educate the public, promote wellness throughout the community, assess, plan and implement programs, and organize community events to address health issues.​​

Points of Pride

Since its inception in 1978, the CMU Eta Sigma Gamma health education honorary has won Chapter of the Year more than any other college or university chapter in the nation.

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Health educator/community health worker$41,830 per year21% (21,400 more jobs)
Epidemiologist$65,270 per year10% (500 more jobs)
Health services manager$88,580 per year23% (73,300 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the College of Health Professions website or contact:

CHP Student Service Center
Health Professions Building 1250
Email: chp@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-2315

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Public Health Education Major

The purpose of this major is to prepare students for careers in a variety of official, voluntary, community based organizations, private health agencies and hospitals. Some career possibilities include, but are not limited to: the education of the public regarding chronic and communicable disease prevention; the promotion of wellness; assessing, planning and implementing programs within communities; and organizing communities regarding health issues.
Total: 58 semester hours
Required Courses
(52 hours)
HSC 110
Introduction to Public Health
2
HSC 203WI
Leadership for the Health Professions
3
HSC 211
Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
HSC 221
Public Health Theory
2
HSC 317
Community Health
3
HSC 319
Methods and Materials in Community Health Education
3
HSC 323
Community Organization Methods
3
HSC 325
Public Health Policy
3
HSC 352
Environmental Health
3
HSC 404
Epidemiology
3
HSC 419WI
Community Health Assessment, Planning and Program Evaluation
3
HSC 520
Health Services Administration
3
HSC 526
Behavioral Health
3
HSC 532
Diversity Issues in the Health Professions
3
HSC 538WI
Development of Proposals and Reports in Health Administration
3
HSC 544
Biostatistics
3
HSC 599
Internship - Public Health
6
Electives
(6 hours)
Select from the following in consultation with an advisor:
COM 369
Health Communication
3
FNS 370
Nutrition
3
HSA 341/MKT 341
Services Marketing
3
HSC 205
Responding to Emergencies
2
HSC 222
Sexuality in Health Education
3
HSC 235
Psychoactive Drugs
3
HSC 340
Curriculum & Planning School Health Programs
3
HSC 350
Community Service in the Health Educators
2
HSC 390
Health and Aging
3
HSC 411
Pathophysiology
3
HSC 418
Professional Aspects of Health Education
2
HSC 503
Health Implications of Obesity
3
HSC 523
AIDS Education
1
HSC 527
Sex Education Workshop
1
HSC 528
Smoking and Health Education Workshop
1
HSC 529
Alcohol Education Workshop
1
HSC 530
Drug Abuse Workshop
1
HSC 537
Stress Reduction Workshop
1
HSC 547
Health Risk Identification and Management
3