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Community Health Education Program Approved

Publish Date: 3/13/2013

March 13, 2013

MANSFIELD, PA— The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has approved a new Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Community Health Education at Mansfield University.

“We are very grateful to the Board of Governors for their support of this new program initiative,” MU Interim President Allan Golden said. “This program will enable Mansfield University to help meet a growing need in our area, the Commonwealth and beyond.”

Health educators encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness by educating individuals and communities about behaviors that can prevent diseases, injuries, and other health problems.

The new Community Health Education degree program is designed to prepare graduates to work in medical settings, colleges and universities, public health departments, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses.

“By focusing on prevention, health education reduces the financial and human costs that individuals, employers, families, insurance companies, medical facilities, communities, the state and the nation would spend on medical treatment,” Janeen Sheehe, chair of the Health Sciences Department, said.

The MU program will emphasize rural health issues, but graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, Sheehe added.

The Community Health Education degree will be offered beginning this fall.

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