University of Maine at Farmington 2021-2022 Catalog

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Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science: Community Health Education

Learning by doing is the keystone of the Community Health Education program. Classroom-based research, on-campus work opportunities, and service learning projects are led by faculty with a broad range of specialties including nutrition, stress management, human sexuality, environmental health, disease prevention and health promotion. The rich variety of core and program requirements is supplemented by elective courses selected, with faculty advice, to reflect the student's interests in the field of health education. Extensive fieldwork, including a required practicum and internship, prepare the student for future employment. Electives include course work in substance abuse, dance, recreation and exercise physiology.

Learning Goals, Assessment, and Requirements

HEA 123   Introduction to Community Health  4
HEA 218 Health Communications and Theory  4
HEA 296 Practicum in Community Health Education  4
HEA 310 Principles of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion  4
HEA 350 Principles of Epidemiology  4
HEA 410   Resource Management and Grants  4
HEA 411 Planning for Health Promotion  4
HEA 495 Field Experience in Community Health 12
HEA 496 Senior Capstone Seminar in Health Education 4
Health Electives* 8
*any four 2-credit HEA courses  

Subtotal: 52

Supporting Required Courses*
BIO 150N Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
PSY 225S Child and Adolescent Development                                         4
PSY 226 Adulthood and Aging  
MAT 120M Introductory Statistics 4
*May be used to satisfy general education requirements.   
Subtotal: 12
Total Credits for the Major: 64
NOTE: A minimum grade of C- is required of all HEA courses

Optional Outdoor Recreation Programming Concentration
Required Courses
REC 133 Outdoor Recreation 2
BUS 130 Introduction to Recreation                                4
HEA 210 Environmental Health 4
HEA 241 Nutrition and Exercise 4
EPP 131S Conservation and Environment 4
EPP 231S Environmental Issues  

Total: 18 Credits

Recreation Electives (Choose 5)

REC 103 Principles and Practices of the River Industry 2
REC 104 Principles and Practices of Camping and Hiking 2
REC 105       Principles and Practices of the Golf Industry 2
REC 106 Principles and Practices of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Maine 2
REC 107 Principles and Practices of Adventure Education 2
REC 177 Topics in Outdoor Recreation 2
Total: 10 Credits
Total Credits for the Concentration:  28
NOTE: A minimum grade of C- is required of all HEA courses.
Optional Physical Activity and Nutrition Concentration
Required Courses
  BIO 152 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
**CHY 130N Gen, Organic, Biochem for Health Services                               4
**CHY 141 General Chemistry I  
*HEA 200 Athletic Injuries: Prevention and Emergency Response 4
*HEA 120 Emergency Medical Response/Principles and Practices  
*HEA 203 Theory and Practice for the Personal Trainer 4
 *HEA 241 Nutrition and Exercise 4
 *HEA 243 Nutrition and Obesity 2
*HEA 244 Nutrition Care for Children 2
*HEA 245 Nutrition and Ecological Concerns 2
*HEA 303 Physiology of Exercise 4
  PEC 225 Physical Training Theory and Applied Biomechanics 4
SHE 233 Teaching Health in Elementary School 2

*Count toward satisfying major requirement for 8 credits of community health electives.


** May be used to satisfy general education requirement

Total Credits for the Concentration: 36
NOTE: A minimum grade of C- is required of all HEA courses.
For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.
To graduate with a Community Health Education Major, students must have:
1. Grades of C- or higher in all major requirements;
2.  A cumulative GPA of 2.500 or higher.

Learning Goals:
  • Students conduct high quality health education and health promotion activities in a variety of diverse settings.
  • Students are prepared for graduate studies in public health and allied health professions in communities, school, health care, and/or worksite settings related fields.
  • Students develop knowledge skills and abilities consistent with the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing responsibilities expected of a professional health educator entering the field.
  • Students are prepared for healthful living in a world of increasing complexity.
Assessment Criteria:
In keeping with the accepted national standards students will learn to:
  • Assess individual and community needs for health education.
  • Conduct evaluation and research related to health education.
  • Communicate and advocate for health and health education.
  • Implement health education strategies, interventions and programs.
  • Serve as health education resource people.
  • Plan health education strategies, interventions and programs.
  • Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs.

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