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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Community Health Education Option

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About Community Health Education

The Community Health Education major, offered through the Department of Health Science, is for students interested in pursuing a career in health promotion and disease prevention.  Potential employment settings include community or public health agencies, worksites, healthcare facilities, and non-profit organizations.

The Community Health Education major program is designed to prepare students to be competent in the following skill area: need assessment; program planning, implementation, and evaluation; administering health education programs; providing health information and resources; effectively communicating health information; and serving as a health advocate.  These skills represent the criteria necessary to become a Certified Health Education Specialist through The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Upon graduation, all Community Health Education students are strongly encouraged to earn this distinguished certification.

Admission to Program

Students interested in majoring in Community Health Education should contact the Community Health Education Program Coordinator. Upon meeting with the Coordinator, students complete the application process, receive preliminary advising, and are assigned an academic advisor.

The minimum requirements to be admitted to the Community Health Education Major are:

  • A minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • A "C" or better in completion of Health 101: Health & the Environment, and Hlth 260: Intro to Health Education 

All major courses must be taken for grade.

Contact Information

Joseph Visker, PhD, MCHES

Assistant Professor, Community Health Education Program Coordinator and Internship Director
Department of Health Science
213 Highland Center
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507) 389-2757