Community Health

Community Health

Community Health

Our Community Health awards a B.S in Community Health Advocacy and Education (CHAE). The Community Health major studies the health and wellness of the community as a whole, and the various initiatives, program, and practices designed to improve its health. Rowan University’s Community Health program is focused on the areas of responsibility expressed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). The CHAE program engages students in the seven NCHEC areas of assessment, planning, implementation, research and evaluation, service and advocacy and the administration of public health and health education programming. The Community Health program prepares graduates for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination, for graduate and professional school programs as well as for various community and public health positions.

 

Shari Willis, PhD
Community Health Program Coordinator
856-256-4500 ext. 53702
williss@rowan.edu

Nicole A. Vaughn, PhD
Community Health Program Faculty
(856) 256-4500 ext. 64764
vaughnn@rowan.edu

Robert Weaver, PhD
Community Health Program Faculty
(856) 256-4500 ext. 53765
weaverr@rowan.edu

Jeanine Dowd
Academic Advisor
(856) 256- 4500 ext 64224 
dowd@rowan.edu

 

Graduates may work in a variety of settings.  In the public sector, for instance, these might include governmental agencies, health departments, non-profit organizations, academic settings.  In the private sector, thse might include insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, various health care facilities (ASPPH, 2016)1.  Graduates may occupy a variety of positions in such organizations.  Job titles might include:

  • Health Educator
  • Public Health Coordinator
  • Policy/Advocacy Fellow
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Health Care Services Evaluator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Project Manager
  • Health Researcher Analyst
  • Global Health Advocate
  • Emergency Field Operations Coordinator

Mission

The CHAE program will prepare students to understand the conditions  and behaviors that advance or impede the public’s health. Through rigorous coursework, research experiences and community engagement, our students will learn to use evidence-based and theory driven practices to advance the health and well-being of all people in communities, locally, nationally and globally. CHAE graduates will be qualified to enter various professions within public health, government and non-government agencies as well as be able to pursue further graduate study.