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Division of Health & Exercise Science

Jenna Otto

Administrative Program Assistant

Phone: (503) 838-8908

Email: ottoj@wou.edu

The community health degree prepares students to assess a community’s overall health and develop programs that lead to healthier environments and better health for communities and individuals.

Consider this degree if you…

Want to gain a deeper understanding of health

Enjoy working with and helping people

Value making a difference in your community

Coursework

Years 1 & 2

The core curriculum in community health will familiarize you with the major functions of public health, prevention of diseases and injuries, health needs of specific populations, functions of organizations, and future directions of public health.

Years 3

In upper division classes, you’ll learn to interpret health research, evaluate patterns of health and disease in populations, and design and implement health promotion programs.

Year 4

Your study culminates in a community health internship so you can bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Where this degree can take you

This degree will prepare you for entry-level community health and public health education and promotion positions in settings such as public health departments, non-profit agencies, corporations, and hospitals. The Community Health degree could also lay a foundation for advanced degrees in public health, social work, nursing, medicine, and other allied health fields.

Possible job titles

  • Health Navigator
  • Social Services Coordinator
  • Wellness Program Coordinator
  • Prevention Specialist
  • Substance Abuse Educator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Epidemiologist*
  • Family Nurse Practitioner*

* Require additional schooling

Possible employers

  • State and County Health Departments
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Health Research Companies
  • Hospitals and Health Clinics

Our faculty

DORIS CANCEL-TIRADO

Professor, Health & Exercise Science
503-838-8470 | canceltd@wou.edu | RWEC 241

LEANNE CUSACK

Assistant Professor, Health & Exercise Science
503-838-9041 | cusackl@wou.edu | RWEC 237

DAN DOWHOWER

Assistant Professor, Health & Exercise Science
503-838-9042 | dowhowerd@wou.edu | RWEC 242

AMY HAMMERMEISTER JORDAN

NTT Instructor, Health & Exercise Science
503-838-8509 | hammerma@wou.edu | RWEC 234

MEGAN PATTON-LOPEZ

Assistant Professor, Health & Exercise Science
503-838-9308 | pattonlm@wou.edu | RWEC 240

JANET ROBERTS

NTT Instructor, Health & Exercise Science
503-838-8446 | robertsjl@wou.edu | RWEC 231

SHAWN SELLERS

NTT Instructor, Health & Exercise Science
503-838-8985 | sellerss@wou.edu | RWEC 249

EMILY VALA-HAYNES

Associate Professor, Health & Exercise Science
503-838-9256 | valahaynese@wou.edu | RWEC 235

LOREN WISNIEWSKI

NTT Instructor, Health & Exercise Science
503-838-9291 | wisniewl@wou.edu | RWEC 258

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