Community Health

The Community Health Elective Track uses the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing entry-level competencies for health education specialists as a framework and guide in providing students with a strong scope and sequence of the skills needed for a student completing a master's degree. The learning objectives for this track are taken directly from the ten responsibilities for entry level health educators. The competencies and sub-competencies for each area of responsibility are addressed in track coursework. Learning outcomes for each course are listed in the syllabi.

This track is designed to train public health practitioners, managers, leaders, and researchers by applying the principles of the social and behavioral sciences to plan, design, implement, manage, and evaluate public health programs across regional and global community-based settings. Students also develop skills in health communication and advocacy practice to promote health equity.       

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Community Health Track graduates will be able to:

  • Assess individual and community needs for health education
  • Plan effective community health education programs
  • Implement community health education programs
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of community health education programs
  • Coordinate provision of community health education services
  • Serve as a resource person in community health education
  • Communicate community health and education needs, concerns and resources
  • Apply appropriate research principles and methods in community health education
  • Administer community health education programs
  • Advance the profession of health education

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Post-MPH Career Opportunities

Many of the skills gained through the Master of Public Health are transferable across a wide range of career paths. Here are some of the positions our MPH-Community Health graduates have accepted:


  • Assistant Director for Wellness Promotion/Coordinator of Student Wellness & Prevention/Director of Student Health Promotion
  • Association Director of Wellness
  • Business Owner/Lead Consultant
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Community Health Specialist/Community Wellness Program Manager
  • COVID-19 Outbreak Surveillance Investigator
  • Data Analyst/ Public Health Analyst
  • Director of Program Impact
  • Disease Investigation Specialist/Public Health Investigator
  • Doctoral Student (PhD or DrPH) or Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Education Program Associate
  • Epidemiology Program Specialist/Epidemiology Research Associate
  • Executive Director
  • External Affairs Manager
  • Grants Project Manager/Director of Grants Development
  • Health Educator/Public Health Educator
  • IRB Education Specialist
  • Manager of Health Promotion/Manager of Complex Care
  • Operations & Communications Associate
  • Population Health Program Specialist/Project Coordinator
  • Prevention Specialist
  • Regional Director of Accreditation and Licensure
  • Research Associate/Senior Researcher/Study Manager
  • University Public Health Instructor/Adjunct Faculty


Our graduates can be found in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Here are some of the organizations where you’ll find WCU MPH alumni:


  • Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Lung Association
  • AstraZeneca Health Care Foundation
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Chester County Department of Health
  • Chester County Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • ChristianaCare Health Care
  • District of Columbia Department on Disability Services
  • Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Maternal & Child Health Consortium of Chester County, Inc.
  • Merck
  • Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol
  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • National Council for Mental Wellbeing
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Penn State University Center for Childhood Obesity Research
  • Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Pottstown Hospital - Tower Health
  • Luke's University Health Network
  • Temple University Health System
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
  • United Way
  • Universal Health Services, Inc.
  • S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Valley Health Partners Community Health Center
  • Wellspan Health
  • Westside Family Healthcare
  • YMCA of Greater Brandywine


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