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Department of Community and Public Health

There is little doubt in today's world that health promotion and disease prevention strategies are on nearly every national healthcare agenda. As a society, we have learned that a full measure of health and a better quality of life are within the grasp of most people. The lifestyle choices a person makes today may influence that individual's health forever.

The programs offered from the Department of Community and Public Health prepare students to work with individuals, groups, and organizations to educate and facilitate the voluntary adoption of actions and behaviors conducive to health. Students are also prepared to perform the following seven areas of responsibilities and competencies of entry-level and advanced-level health education specialists as described by NCHEC:

  1. Assess individual and community needs for health education
  2. Plan health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  3. Implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  4. Conduct evaluation and research related to health education
  5. Administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  6. Serve as a health education resource person
  7. Communicate and advocate for health and health education

Graduates are eligible to take the CHES national certification offered through NCHEC. According to NCHEC, the benefits of the CHES designation include: establishes a national standard, attests to the individual's knowledge and skills, assist employers in identifying qualified health education practitioners, develops a sense of pride and accomplishment, and promotes continued professional development.

Please contact the HE program via phone (208-282-2729), email ( or visit our office located in Reed Gymnasium #242 on the Pocatello campus.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209
(208) 282-4636

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