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HEALTH SCIENCE 355 employed under a range of job titles such as patient educators, health education teachers, trainers, community organizers, and health program managers. The Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) are those who have met the standards of quality established by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) by successfully passing the CHES examination. The CHES designation after a health educator’s name is one indication of professional competency. Admission requirements: The minimum requirements to be considered for acceptance into the Bachelor of Science, Health Science program include: 1. Overall GPA of 2.0 or better (high school or college if transfer student) 2. SAT scores of 950 (or comparable act) COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: CHE 308: Introduction to Community Health Education and Health Promotion This course introduces students to the basic principles of community health, community health education, health behavior change, health promotion, and community organization. Also included will be an overview of the competencies and skills needed to become a Certified Health Education Specialist, and the relationship of the course content to these competencies and skills. 3 credits, Fall CHE 312: Community Health Education Essentials This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully plan, implement, and evaluate community health education programs for both individuals and groups. This course also includes an overview of evidence-based health education methods, including health communications, social marketing, support groups, group presentations, and discussion regarding selection and use of printed materials, working with the media, and use of community organizing and advocacy to effect policy change. Prerequisite: CHE 308 3 credits, Spring CHE 408: Advanced Principles in Community Health Education Students will learn theories and practical application of principles related to health communication, social marketing, health education ethics, and funding and financial management. Also included will be an overview of community health education settings and roles, as well as a review of the competencies and skills needed to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Prerequisites: CHE 308, 312 3 credits, Fall CHE 418: Community Health Education Internship The Internship experience is designed to provide students the opportunity to synthesize and apply their knowledge and skills to real-world work settings, develop their professional skills, and gain meaningful experience that will prepare them to enter the workforce. Prerequisites: CHE 308, 312, 408 12 credits, Spring Health Science Curriculum: The curriculum* requires 128 credit hours comprised of the following: Liberal Studies Science/mathematics/CIS Biology (8) Chemistry (8) Stats (3) CIS (3) Plus 6 additional 39 credits 28 credits

Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

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