Community Health

Want to be the go-to person for health in your community? Like working with people?

Community Health is the Public Health major that takes you into community centers to serve people of all ages through health initiatives.

The Community Health emphasis (PHCH) at WSU is designed for students who are interested in careers as health educators and promoters in

  • governmental agencies
  • non-governmental organizations
  • health-based non-profit organizations
  • district and county health departments

In Community Health roles, you’re part communicator, part educator and part researcher for a variety of health topics.

What You’ll Learn

The physical, social and economic environments all affect our health and choices. You’ll learn how these factors are related and apply this knowledge through class projects and real-world experiences to promote the health of communities.

Plus, you’ll get practice in writing grants to secure funding for health program initiatives.

In the Community Health emphasis, you will focus on how to design and run health promotion campaigns and programs and develop your skills as a health educator. You’ll learn how policies and politics affect the health outcomes of many whether at the local, state or national level.

Check out the Course Catalog for more on PHCP requirements.

View the Major Map (PDF) to see how you can complete this degree in four years.

Careers & Job Growth

As a Community Health major, you can apply for jobs as a

  • Community Health Educator
  • Health Coach & Health Counselor
  • Health Services Navigator
  • Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Global Health Promoter & Development Worker – Peace Corps

These careers play important roles in the public health industry. Community Health professionals give people the information and tools they need to improve their own health and the health of their communities.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupational outlook for Community Health workers is expected to have thousands of new jobs that must be filled in the next decade:

  • 2019 Median Pay: $46,910 per year
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s Degree—some additional certifications may be required
  • Number of Jobs in 2019: 127,100
  • Job Outlook for 2019-29: +13% (much faster than average)

If this sounds like the career path for you, talk to Public Health faculty to learn more about the Community Health major!