What Is Community Health?
Community Health includes both private and public efforts of individuals, groups, and organizations to promote, protect, and preserve the health of those in the community. It is a field within Public Health, which is more focused on optimizing health in broader populations.
Community Health is a discipline which concerns itself with the study and improvement of the health characteristics of communities. While the term community can be broadly defined, community health tends to focus on health promotion, protection and preservation of those in the geographical community as health educators or health service administrators.
The Community Health Program at Kingsborough or Community Health at Kingsborough Community College
The Community Health Program at Kingsborough
The Community Health Program provides a foundation for diverse careers in health promotion, disease prevention, health service administration, and health education. The program is designed for transfer to baccalaureate programs, especially in community and public health and other related fields.
Students may transfer directly to CUNY colleges such as York, Brooklyn, Lehman, and Hunter Colleges, and the New York City College of Technology (NYCT, also known as City Tech ) as well as private schools like St. Joseph's College and St. Francis College, At the Bachelors level, students can make major in Public Health, Community Health Education, Health Promotion, Gerontology Studies or Health Service Administration.
Health Education and Promotion
Health Education and Promotion graduates who complete a baccalaureate degree begin to design, deliver, or direct health promotion and education programs and work as Health Education Specialists, Health Promotion Directors, Patient Advocates, and Patient Navigators, among other job positions. The course of study explores the role of environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors that control, the development and prevention of public health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancers. See the College Catalog for the Health Education and Promotion concentration requirements
Job Opportunities in this field:
Health Education Specialists, Health Promotion Directors, Patient Advocates, Patient Navigators, Health Insurance Navigators; Work in government and community health agencies, hospitals and medical centers, schools and universities, as well as corporate wellness programs.
Health Services Administration
Health Services Administrators or Health Services Managers work in hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, or nursing care/rehabilitation facilities. The occupation involves planning, directing, coordinating, and supervising the delivery of healthcare, combining knowledge about business with health, administrators establish and implement policies and objectives, evaluate personnel, develop reports and budgets, and collaborate with other members of the healthcare team. Courses of study combines health-related topics such as Biology and Epidemiology with Business like focus on Economics and the Fundamentals of Business. See the College Catalog for the Health Services Administration concentration requirements
Job Opportunities in this field: Health Services Administrators/ Managers in government and community health agencies, hospitals and medical centers, schools and universities, as well as corporate wellness programs.
Declaring Yourself as a Community Health Major
- Meet with Program Director, Admirative Assistant or Program Advisor in room G300 to plan your academic career.
- You can change your major to Community Health by simply completing a “Change of Major” form available in room A101
For more information visit the Health Physical Education and Recreation (HEPR) office in G200 or call 718.368.5696