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Community Health Services Schools

Community health services workers act as counselors, educators, nurses, and advocates for individuals in under-served populations, including recent immigrants, the uninsured, or the elderly. Those in community health services careers help people to prevent illness or injury, assist people in gaining access to health care services, counsel them through crises, and even provide basic medical care (such as inoculations, blood pressure checks, etc.).

In order to provide these essential services, community health workers receive specialized graduate training through community health services schools, culminating in master's or doctoral degrees, the standard being the master of public health (MPH).

Inside Community Health Services Schools

While every community health services school or program is different, core requirements include a basic level of medical knowledge, including disease prevention, epidemiology, nutrition, and sanitation. Emphasis is also placed on understanding and reaching out to diverse communities, understanding health informatics, and knowledge of at least one foreign language. Following graduation, successful completion of an exam leads to licensure, which is required in all 50 states.

In 2009, medical and public health social workers earned a median annual wage of $46,300, and growth for the 2008-2018 period is projected to be very rapid at 22 percent.

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Community Health Services Schools