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Health Education: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia is an affordable and high quality educational option, attentive to your needs and committed to your success. As a land-grant institution, UDC’s mission of service to the District of Columbia community infuses all aspects of campus life, which makes for a rich and fulfilling academic experience. The health education bachelor’s program is an essential part of this unique mission, giving its students a hand-on, real-world education into local health challenges and solutions with Washington, D.C. serving as student’s personal learning laboratory.

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Health Education

One of the biggest health care crises we face is among the most correctable—the lack of information on healthy behaviors and practices and the consequences of poor health decisions. If individuals and families, particularly in underserved urban communities, were more aware of how to take better care of themselves and address chronic health conditions, we could make a huge difference in people’s lives and in our communities.

Do you see yourself making a difference? Do you want to learn more about how to help your community become healthier? The health education bachelor’s degree program at the University of the District of Columbia—housed in the University’s unique College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES)— provides a strong foundation of science and service from which you can begin transforming people’s lives. At the same time, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and tools needed for advanced education or a career in the rapidly growing and changing health care and public health fields.

If you have an associate’s degree in an allied health profession, such as UDC’s Community College programs in respiratory therapy or mortuary science, the bachelor’s degree in health education is an excellent way to extend your education into the realm of public health.


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Health Education Program

The health education program offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in public health. Students must complete at least 120 credit hours to earn the degree through a rigorous and comprehensive plan of study that  includes 79 credit hours of core courses, including:

  • Environmental Health
  • Public Health Planning
  • General Microbiology
  • Drug Use and Abuse
  • Sex Education
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Health and Safety of Community Populations
  • Consumer Health
  • Mental Health

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Health Education Program

Our internship program empowers students to go into the community and apply their knowledge—sometimes as a part of a grant-funded initiative—to helping people understand chronic health issues such as asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The D.C. Department of Health has frequently accepted UDC health education students as interns, and UDC students play an important research, service, and advocacy role in advancing health education in the community.


Career Pathways and Prospects

The public health option in the health education bachelor’s degree program prepares you for work in any of a growing number of health care and public health fields including health care administrators in public agencies, public health educators, directors of wellness centers or school educators. It is also an excellent foundation from which to pursue a master’s of public health.

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