Community Health Services Training and Education
An education and background in community health services can provide you with the tools needed to help communities and clinics maintain and expand their access to primary medical and dental care. As a professional in the community health services field, you conduct technical site visits in order to monitor contract compliance and provide assistance as needed. You also partner with private non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, tribes, and others to minimize health care barriers and enhance the quality of health services for everyone, both insured and uninsured. Community health training and programs provide the knowledge and skills to develop and implement community programs aimed at improving public health and wellness. Graduates with a community health service degree are prepared to work as health educators with medical institutions, schools and universities, government agencies, and nonprofit community organizations.
Your Career in Community Health Services
Professions available to a community health program graduate include: health educator, community health nurse, and community health services assistant.
Common courses in a community health degree program include:
- Modern health issues
- Health care organizations
- Health statistics
- Ethics in health care
- Health care policy
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job opportunities for community health service professionals are likely to grow at a faster-than-average rate through 2018, attributed mainly to rising health care costs. The median annual salary for a community health educator was $44,000 in 2008.