Community Health Education

Program Overview

The Bachelors’ degree offered by the University of the Incarnate Word in Community Health Education (CHED) is designed to prepare individuals in the study and improvement of health promotion for different groups and communities. Community Health Educators are the frontline for gaining an understanding of community needs, including disease prevention and the promotion of healthy lifestyle practices. The program builds on the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing’s (IFMSN) and the University of the Incarnate Word’s resources by adding an additional health professions entry opportunity at the undergraduate level.

Curriculum Overview

The BS in Community Health Education curriculum consist of 120 semester hours. The CHE curriculum addresses all of the public health domains through a combination of university core class and the required courses in the major. The university core courses must be completed prior to taking the required courses in the program. The four domains for the general education are as follows:




Science: Introduction to the foundations of scientific knowledge, including the biological and life sciences and the

concepts of health and disease

4 hours of a natural science course:

BIOL 2321/2121L Anatomy & Physiology with Lab


BIOL 1401/1402L; Unity of Life and Lab


ENSC 1410 Environmental Science with Lab

4 hours of Chemistry

CHEM 1405 Science in Everyday Life

Social and Behavioral Sciences: Introduction to the foundations of social and behavioral sciences

3 hours in PSYC 2356 Lifespan Development

3 hours in PSYC 3385 Multicultural Issues

2 hours in DW 1200 Dimensions of Wellness

Math/Quantitative Reasoning:

Introduction to basic statistics


Math 2303 Intro to Statistics

Humanities/Fine Arts:

Introduction to the humanities/fine arts

3 hours of any Fine Arts

3 hours of any  Religion

6 hours of Philosophy

In addition, students must also complete six hours of a foreign language and one hour of physical education activity. Also, students have the six hours of elective course in either psychology or nutrition, so they may complete a minor. 

A list of the CHE required course for the degree is presented below.

  • CHED 2310 Health Science (3 credit hours)
  • CHED 2320 Introduction to Public and Community Health (3 credit hours)
  • CHED 2330 Principles of Community Health Education (3 credit hours)
  • CHED 3305 Research Methods for Community Health (3 credit hours)
  • CHED 3310 Community Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
  • CHED 3320 Fundamentals of Health Policy (3 credit hours)
  • CHED 3330 Communicable/Chronic Disease (3 credit hours)
  • CHED 3340 Fundamentals of Human Performance (3 credit hours)
  • CHED 4310 Public Health and Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
  • CHED 4320 Community Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • CHED 4330 Community Health Communication and Education Skills (3 credit hours)
  • CHED 4250 Senior Seminar (2 credit hours)
  • CHED 4108 Community Health Education Internship (10 credit hours)
  • NUTR 2400 Environmental Nutrition (4 credit hours)
  • NUTR 3342 Nutrition in the Life Cycle (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3340 Drugs Use Prevention and Community Psychology (3 credit hours)  

The curriculum provides the basic preparation, which qualifies students to take the CHES exam as it includes the seven Health Education Areas of Responsibility.  The curriculum includes 10 hours of course credit with sufficient internship/practicum hours to meet certification requirements (a minimum of 400 hours are projected in the curriculum) BS-CHED program will be seeking accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) For more information on the CEPH accreditation please visit the CEPH website:  Council on Education for Public Health.