Community Health Education – Academics


Learning by doing is a hallmark of the University of Maine at Farmington community health education program. Here you will gain hands-on, hands-on experience in health education specialties, such as our focus on school health education, focus on outdoor recreation programs, and focus on physical activity and nutrition.

Our courses give you a unique set of skills, allowing you to be recognized as a professional in the healthcare industry and preparing you to become a Certified Specialist in Health Education (CHES) after graduation. .

Here you will participate in classroom research, campus work opportunities, and service learning projects led by faculty with expertise in a wide range of topics: nutrition, stress management, human sexuality. , environmental health, disease prevention and health. promotion. At Farmington, you will gain hands-on experience in various health-related fields.

We think hands-on experience is so precious, we need it… and you’ll love it!

At Farmington, you will participate in extensive fieldwork outside of the classroom, including internship and internship required. Thanks to your community internship (which we will do for you), you will work 600 contact hours over 15 weeks in the practice of health education. In fact, you go to the workplace to apply the knowledge that you have learned in the classroom.

You will be able to assess individual and community health education needs; plan, implement and administer health education strategies, interventions and programs; carry out assessments and research related to health education; serve as a resource person in health education; and communicating and advocating for health and health education. Your field experience will be under the co-supervision of UMF faculty and staff from the participating agency.

Internships – Real-world experience in the areas of community health

At UMF, you can experience first-hand what it is like to work in community health fields while learning valuable professional skills and developing a strong network of professional contacts.

Here is a short list of places our Community Health Education students recently interned:

  • South Portland High School Athletics Department
  • Boys and Girls Club of Grand Waterville
  • Healthy Community Coalition
  • Franklin Health Internal Medicine
  • Foxcroft Academy
  • Healthy Communities in the Capital Region
  • Somerset Public Health
  • Mt. Blue High School Athletics Department
  • Coalition of Healthy Communities of the River Valley
  • Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School
  • UMF Alpine Ski Team
  • Centraide Tri-Valley
  • Maine Behavioral Health

Many of our community health education students tell us that this part of the fieldwork of their degree program has been the most rewarding and valuable of their academic careers.

You can also choose one of our optional value-added, minor or certificate concentrations.

  • Concentration in school health education
  • Outdoor recreation programming concentration
  • Physical activity and nutritional concentration
  • Drug addiction rehabilitation certificate
  • Alpine operating certificate
  • Child and Adolescent Health Minor
  • Minor trainer
  • Minor in Environmental Studies
  • Minor in Health and Medicine
  • Minor in physical shape
  • Minor in Nutrition Education

These are career development options that will further strengthen your resume and fill your skills toolbox.

School health focus

Our School health focus is for those who want to teach in a school setting. If you would like the opportunity to teach in a school setting, our School Health Concentration will certify you to teach K-12 classes in Maine and many other states. This combination of school health and community health education has enabled many of our community health education graduates to market themselves to potential employers in both settings. It is certainly an interesting career-oriented option worth considering.

Students in the School Health Concentration have attended regional and statewide vocational training conferences, such as the Central Maine Regional Educators Conference. This is a wonderful networking opportunity where students can present their academic work to education officials from across the state.

This program qualifies for a tuition rebate of nearly $ 5,000 for residents of Rhode Island and Vermont under the New England Regional Student Program.

Outdoor recreation programming concentration

the Outdoor recreation programming concentration is aimed at those who wish to pursue a professional leisure career, running and organizing outdoor activities such as snow sports, river activities, canoeing, camping, hiking, golf, fishing activities indoor, horse riding and more. The concentration is designed to help you develop programming skills and may also lead to the training required to help you achieve professional certifications in areas such as Maine guide, hunting and fishing, mountain first aid. (outdoor emergency care), Professional Ski Instructors Association certifications, United States Ski Association certifications, canoe certifications and more. Students in this concentration have found internships and future jobs at ski resorts, parks, summer camps, and other outdoor adventure establishments.

Physical activity and nutritional concentration

Our Physical activity and nutritional concentration is designed for those who wish to pursue graduate studies in nutrition, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, physician assistants (PAs) and athletic training, among other health fields. The concentration focuses on science courses and health content. This concentration is not something that you must declare when you are accepted to UMF, rather it is an option that you can choose as your academic and professional path becomes clearer when you take courses in our program. community health education.

Farmington Education graduates are hired.

According to a 2020 survey of UMF Education graduates over the past three years, 83% of respondents indicated that they were employed in the field of education, with 85% hired within one year of graduation and 73% were employed within four months of graduation.

Globally, 94.3% of respondents indicated that they were very satisfied or satisfied with their preparation for teacher training at UMF.

Want to save almost $ 6,000 a year in tuition fees? This program qualifies for a discount on regional New England student tuition fees for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. See details here

You have questions ? Ask a teacher in this program

Contact us

Admissions office
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine USA 04938-1994
phone 207-778-7050
fax 207-778-8182
TYY (via the Maine Relay Service) dial 711


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