B.S. Community and Public Health
When people consider the health care system in the US, they often think of hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices. But a rapidly growing segment of patient care is now delivered in communities. Health educators, nonprofit administrators, community advocates, data analysts and others are contributing to a holistic continuum of care aimed at helping patients live longer, more active and healthier lives.
Chaminade’s B.S. in Community and Public Health is designed to prepare you for a significant role in this network of care at a time of double-digit growth in the sector as well as to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination.
Careers in community and public health put you at the cutting edge of preventative care, health education and health coaching, working directly with patients—and their communities—to make a positive difference. Importantly, our degree also includes a foundation of knowledge in epidemiology and public health. Students are prepared for careers in everything from infectious disease outbreaks to care for vulnerable communities, to work in schools to promote health in children and families.
Given the wide range of professional pathways available to community and public health students, Chaminade’s program stresses flexibility, allowing you to choose from one of four specializations so you can individualize your learning based on your academic and future career goals.
- Community Health Worker Specialization: Excellent preparation for a career in health education, health coaching, epidemiology, public health and policy.
- Environment and Health Specialization: Explore the linkages between environment and health, especially in the area of preventative health, policy and public health.
- Non-profit administration Specialization: Develop your expertise in healthcare administration in the non-profit sector with a deep dive into the economics, finances and operations of community healthcare organizations.
- Data Analytics Specialization: Harness the power of ‘big data’ to improve healthcare, model and predict diseases and inform decision-making and policy, developing an in-demand skill set in a fast-growing area of healthcare.
Our faculty members are leaders in their fields. They believe in the power of personal experience—stressing mentorship, collaboration and project-based learning inside and outside the classroom.
Chaminade University of Honolulu is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission.