Degrees and Programs

Bachelor of Science Degree - Community Health Education

Graduates with a bachelor degree in Community Health can pursue a variety of career positions. Job titles include Health Education Specialist, Health Promotion Specialist, Health Program Evaluator, Health Services Administrators, etc. Graduates are qualified to work in governmental health agencies and in the private-sector in settings such as public health departments, health maintenance organizations, hospitals, clinics, and specialized health agencies such as the American Heart Association. An emphasis in School Health Education will prepare individuals to teach health in junior and senior high schools. The undergraduate major can additionally lead to advanced degrees in health education, hospital administration, public health administration, medicine and other health-related professions.

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health with emphases in Community Health Education and School Health Education will be eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Successful completion of a bachelor degree with these emphases and passing the exam entitles the student to become a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Learning Outcomes for Bachelors Degree in Community Health Education

In obtaining this degree, students will be able to:

  • Assess needs, resources, and capacity for health education/health promotion.
  • Plan health education/health promotion program for individuals, families and communities.
  • Implement and evaluate a health education/health promotion strategy, intervention, and/or program for individuals, families and communities.
  • Serve as a health education/health promotion resource person and communicate and advocate for health, health education/health promotion, and the profession.
  • Describe and use the ethical decision making model using ethical principles as applied to health education/health promotion activities.
  • Earn 240 hours of internship experience as proctored by an approved internship supervisor, and will be able to apply the professional competencies in public health.

Bachelor of Science Degree - School Health Education

The School Health Education program is part of the Professional Teacher Education Program at Utah Valley University.  It is designed to prepare quality, entry-level candidates for teaching Health Education in secondary education programs grades 7-12.  All students who matriculate in the professional licensure program must have a major in School Health Education.  The UVU teacher education initial licensure program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), the Utah State Office of Education, and the Northwest commission on Colleges and Universities.  Students graduating with a School Health Education degree in Secondary Education will be prepared to teach Health Education in the Jr. High School and High School settings. The Employment opportunities for teachers in Utah are good. 

 

Matriculation requirements:

Students pursuing admission to the School Health Education program must also be admitted to the Secondary Education program. Those requirements are:

1.  ACE exam minimums- Composite 21 or better, English 20 or better, Math 19 or better
2   Successful completion of all General Education requirements and the majority of content area courses
3.  GPA of 3.0 or higher, or may petition appeals committee
4.  Must have a C or higher in all content area courses
5.  A group interview directed by the Secondary Teacher Education Department
6.  Following admission to the program, student must pass the LIVESCAN Criminal Background Check and complete the Secondary Education Pre-Program Survey before they can register for classes.

School Health Education Matriculation requirements are as follows:

1.  Complete all General Education courses
2.  Complete ZOOL 1090 and HLTH 3200 with a C- or better with an overall GPA of 3.0.
3.  Write a one page single spaced personal philosophy of health and your professional goals.
4.  Meet with Department committee prior to being formally admitted.

Bachelor of Science Degree - Health Services Administration

Health Care is a business, and like every other business endeavor good management keeps demand steady and overhead low. The occupation, medical and health services manager, encompasses all individuals who plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, market demand for Health Service/Care Administrators is expected to grow faster (21-35 percent) than average through 2012, as the health services industry continues to expand and diversify. Opportunities will especially be good in offices of physicians, and other health care practitioners, home health care services and outpatient care centers. Medical and health service managers held some 244,000 jobs in 2002 according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This data indicates that 37 percent of those positions were in hospitals, 17 percent were employed in physicians' offices and nursing care facilities. The remaining 46% found positions in home health care services, Federal government health care facilities, ambulatory facilities run by State and local governments, outpatient care centers, insurance carriers, and community health care facilities for the elderly.

Median annual earnings, according to the Department of Labor, were $61,370.

Matriculation Requirements

For admission to the bachelor degree program, students must complete ZOOL 1090 and ENVT 2560 with a minimum C- grade, and must complete MGMT 2200 and MGMT 2240 with a minimum C grade.

Associate Degree - Community Health

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BA/BS in Integrated Studies

For those completing the Bachelor Degree in Integrated Studies (IS), many opportunities exist for advanced and professional degrees (law school, medical and dental schools, MBA, MPA, etc) and in the business environment. Many employers seek students with skills gained from liberal arts programs like Integrated Studies. These skills include the ability to comprehend diverse material, to write clearly, to think critically, to work cooperatively, and to become adept at problem solving.

The individualized nature of the Integrated Studies degree is attractive to students with multiple interests who want to develop skills that are relevant to a variety of careers. Students integrate course work in emphases such as science, business, health, literature, languages, communication, philosophy, behavioral science, social science and the arts. Emphases from computer science and information systems, accounting, technology and trades and physical education are also offered as part of this degree.