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Department of Health,
Physical Education and
Recreation

Address:
2001 Oriental Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Room: G-201

Phone: 718-368-5696
Fax: 718-368-4866

Chairperson:
Dr. Donald Hume

Executive Administrative
Assistant:
Diane Guido

Community Health

What Is Community Health?

Community Health includes both private and public efforts of individuals, groups, and organizations to promote, protect, and preserve the health of those in the community. It is a field within Public Health, which is more focused on optimizing health in broader populations.

The Community Health Program at Kingsborough

The Community Health Program provides a foundation for diverse careers in health promotion, disease prevention, health service administration, and health education. The program is designed for transfer to baccalaureate programs, especially in community and public health and other related fields.

Students may transfer directly to CUNY colleges such as York, Brooklyn, Lehman, and Hunter Colleges, and the New York City College of Technology (NYCT, also known as “City Tech”) as well as private schools like St. Joseph’s College and St. Francis College, At the Bachelors level, students can make major in Public Health, Community Health Education, Health Promotion, Gerontology Studies or Health Service Administration.


CONCENTRATIONS

Health Education and Promotion

Health Education and Promotion graduates who complete a baccalaureate degree begin to design, deliver, or direct health promotion and education programs and work as Health Education Specialists, Health Promotion Directors, Patient Advocates, and Patient Navigators, among other job positions. The course of study explores the role of environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors that control, the development and prevention of public health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancers. See the College Catalog for the Health Education and Promotion concentration requirements

Job Opportunities in this field: Health Education Specialists, Health Promotion Directors, Patient Advocates, Patient Navigators, Health Insurance Navigators; Work in government and community health agencies, hospitals and medical centers, schools and universities, as well as corporate wellness programs.

Health Services Administration

Health Services Administrators or Health Services Managers work in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, or nursing care/rehabilitation facilities. The occupation involves planning, directing, coordinating, and supervising the delivery of healthcare, combining knowledge about business with health, administrators establish and implement policies and objectives, evaluate personnel, develop reports and budgets, and collaborate with other members of the healthcare team. Courses of study combines health-related topics such as Biology and Epidemiology with Business like focus on Economics and the Fundamentals of Business. See the College Catalog for the Health Services Administration concentration requirements

Job Opportunities in this field: Health Services Administrators/ Managers in government and community health agencies, hospitals and medical centers, schools and universities, as well as corporate wellness programs.

Gerontology

Gerontology is the study of the process and problems related to aging. It is an expanding area of interest. Employment opportunities are numerous. They may work within assisted living programs, nursing homes, adult day treatment centers, senior citizen centers, in social work or welfare agencies, hospitals, recreation centers, as well as federal, state, and regional agencies. This course of study includes an "Introduction to Gerontology", "Critical Issues in Community Health" with a focus on aging, "Epidemiology" with aging-specific courses like "Perspectives on Death and Dying." See the College Catalog for the Gerontology concentration requirements

Job Opportunities in this field: Health Education Specialists, Health Promotion Directors, Patient Advocates; Work in living programs, nursing homes, adult day treatment centers, senior citizen centers, social work or welfare agencies, hospitals, recreation centers, as well as federal, state, and regional agencies or offices on aging.


CONTACT US

Co-Directors:

Dr. Jose Nanin, Professor
Phone: 718-368-5705
Email: jose.nanin@kbcc.cuny.edu

Dr. Silvea Thoma, Professor
Phone: 718-368-5715
Email: silvea.thomas@kbcc.cuny.edu

Faculty:

Dr. Kevicha Echols, Assistant Professor & Fieldwork Coordinator
Phone: 718-368-5716
Email: kevicha.echols@kbcc.cuny.edu

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