Giving Chaminade graduates a competitive advantage in the workforce
Sponsored by Chaminade University of Honolulu
When people consider the health care system in the United States, they often think of hospitals, clinics and healthcare offices. However, a rapidly growing segment of patient care is now also delivered in other settings: nonprofit organizations, schools, and in local, state, and federal governmental agencies. Chaminade’s Bachelor of Science Community and Public Health (BSCPH) degree prepares students for careers in community and public health education and programming, health-related research, and public health policy in a variety of organizations and settings.
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. 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 the communities they live, work, and play in—to make a positive difference.
“The Community Health Worker specialization is excellent preparation for a career in health education, health coaching, epidemiology, public health and policy,” says Dr. Jeremy Creekmore, an assistant professor at Chaminade.
Students in the Data Analytics track are able to harness the power of “big data” to improve healthcare, model and predict diseases, and inform decision-making and policy. The Environmental and Health specialization explores the linkages between environment and health, especially in the area of preventative health, policy and public health. Finally, the Nonprofit specialization enables students to develop expertise in healthcare administration in the non-profit sector with a deep dive into the economics, finances and operations of community healthcare organizations.
“The BSCPH program purposefully prepares graduates to be eligible to seek certification from The National Commission for Health Education (NCHEC) as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES),” he adds. “These professional certifications will give Chaminade graduates a competitive advantage for positions in the workforce.”
Graduates will be able to conduct needs assessments; plan, create, implement and evaluate wellness programs and other health education related activities. They will also be prepared to conduct research and scholarly activities related to health education; administer and manage programs, and create resources to promote health and wellness.
Chaminade’s BSCPH graduates will be highly qualified for a variety of well-paying jobs in local, state and national governmental organizations, community-based organizations, and throughout healthcare systems.