Public health is one of the top 5 fields that will be in demand in the next 10 years according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. At the end of the program, students are eligible candidates for national credentialing as , which increases competitiveness in the job market. The professional skills learned in this program can be used in a variety of settings or set the stage for graduate school! Work in the setting that’s right for you– Health Education Specialists work in:
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education enables students to do just that. Building upon a strong public health foundation, our professional program prepares students to positively influence the health of individuals and communities. Students develop skills in planning and implementing community-based strategies to maintain healthy lifestyles and prevent a wide variety of health problems. Come learn from distinguished faculty who are engaged in research projects that add depth to their classroom teaching, and engage in numerous practical experiences with community partners.
(pdf, 203 pp.): Identifies eight priority/focus areas, and explains their approach for identifying broad-based areas of concern with a major focus on the causes of poor health. The eight areas include: (1) Improve children's heatlh (ages birth to 5); (2) Improve youth health (ages 5 - 18); (3) Improve healthy lifestyle behaviors among adults; (4) Expand cancer education and screening; (5) Expand heart disease edcuation and screening; (6) Improve health care services for elderly; (7) Emergency preparedness; (8) Flu vaccine shortage.
There are several factors that may cause a person to develop a mental disorder. One of these is genetic inheritance and family history. Life experiences such as stress or trauma as well as substance abuse could also destabilise an individual’s mental health.
(pdf, 241 pages): Through a community-involved process, priorities were identified in three groupings: spotlight, emerging and maintenance. Issues listed under spotlight are: diabetes, prescription program, emergency preparedness, and drinking water enhancement; under emerging issues are health communication, maternal child health, and home care; and under maintenance are heart disease, arthropod disease and community health assessment. In addition, they have identified operational priorities relating to increasing efficiency in the workplace and building partnerships.
Understanding the mechanism by which education affects health is therefore important for policy. It may be more cost effective to tap that mechanism than to increase educational attainment. For example, if all of the education effect operated through income, and income improved health, then it might be cheaper to transfer income directly rather than to subsidize schooling. But, increasing educational attainment might be the correct policy response if, for example, there were no alternative (or cheaper) method for acquiring the skills that ultimately affect health.
: Health "report cards" are available for five focus areas: Maternal/Child Health, Adolescent Health, Adult Health, Older Adult Health and Environmental Health. Through a community process led by the Board of Health, two priorities for action were selected from the goals on each report card. Health Action partnerships address each of these priorities for action with secondary data analysis, and development, implementation and evaluation of interventions.
The World Health Organisation’s report indicates that close to 50 percent of the total population of the world are victims of one form of mental disorder or the other. This is consequent upon the view of mental health as an unstable continuum rather than an absolute level of psychological wellness. Definitions of mental health are at best subjective. Some definitions are constructed in terms of happiness, others around the ability to function socially and contribute effectively to society. However, most definitions centre around three main things: the ability to live ‘fully’ and creatively, be emotionally and properly adjusted, and to be flexible in handling life’s inevitable challenges. When these three key aspects were used to analyse the global population, it was realized that almost half of the population suffered from one form of mental disorder or the other. There are numerous forms of mental disorders that devastates the world’s population. Mental disorders are placed in various classes such as anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders personality disorders and bipolar disorder. Anxiety disorder is very common and it includes panic disorder, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The data that the authors present show that the more educated report having lower morbidity from the most common acute and chronic diseases (heart condition, stroke hypertension, cholesterol, emphysema, diabetes, asthma attacks, ulcer). More educated people are less likely to be hypertensive, or to suffer from emphysema or diabetes. Physical and mental functioning is also better for the better educated. The better educated are substantially less likely to report that they are in poor health, and less likely to report anxiety or depression. Finally, better educated people report spending fewer days in bed or not at work because of disease, and they have fewer functional limitations.
: This July 2001 Report has information from over 60 local, state, regional and national sources relative to families, violence, public health, and youth. The vision is to create a single comprehensive assessment and planning tool for the community. The report is made up of three sections: (1) Overview on the layout and how to use the assessment tool: (2) Data presented in 8 subject areas: Public Health, Adults, Children/Youth, Economic Health, Families, Census, Systems, and Violence; and (3) An attachment with school data by district.
Mental health refers to the psychological and the emotional well-being of an individual. A mentally healthy person is one that is properly adjusted to the emotional and behavioural requirements of the necessary stresses and conflicts associated with daily living. In other words for a person to be deemed mentally healthy, he or she must be ‘sound’ in the cognitive and affective aspects of his mental state. It is also seen as the absence of any sort of mental disorder. A mentally healthy person operates at an acceptable level of behavioural and emotional adjustment in his activities and interactions. Some of the characteristics of a mentally healthy person is zest for life and a balanced approach to the various activities and areas of operation that constitute daily living. The World Health Organisation (W.H.O) has a standard definition for mental health which incorporates all of these aforementioned qualities. It must be mentioned, however, that there are various definitions of mental health and their precise statements are affected by cultural differences and competing professional theories about mental health.