The Department of Public Health Education offers a professional preparation program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education degree with a concentration in Community Health Education. The program is designed to prepare entry-level community health educators for practice in a variety of settings, including state and local health departments, schools, private non-profit organizations, hospitals and other health care agencies, and corporate and business worksites. In addition, the program will provide students with sound preparation for graduate study in public health education and related disciplines and for approved course work and experiences leading to eligibility to take examinations such as the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
Upper and Lower Divisions In the lower division of the department, new majors complete the General Education Curriculum requirements and take four courses that serve as an introduction to the field of health education. Upon completion of these four courses, students may apply to the department's upper division. Admission to the upper division requires a 2.44 GPA in the four lower division courses. (Students may not repeat courses they did poorly in to achieve this GPA.) In addition, students must have an overall GPA of 2.25.
In the upper division, students complete 14 required health education courses and a number of related social science and education courses. The culmination of the academic experience is a full-time, 8-week health education internship in a public health agency. Students conduct this fieldwork in the last semester of their senior year. They must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all health education courses before starting their internship.
Student Organizations Society of Future Health Educators (SOFHE) is a community of students at North Carolina Central University who are interested in pursuing a public health education career. In SOFHE, public health education majors and minors come together to learn more about the profession and about networking and internship opportunities. SOFHE members share experiences, develop and deepen friendships, conduct service projects, and assist in community-based health education activities.
Eta Sigma Gamma is the National Health Education Honor Society. Since 1967, Eta Sigma Gamma has partnered with other professional health organizations to promote the profession of health education and health promotion. This organization enhances the professional development of students through involvement in health education activities, providing leadership and advocacy opportunities, recognizing academic achievements, and providing networking experiences with health professionals and fellow Gammans.