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Public & Community Health

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Career pathways span secondary and postsecondary education, align to employer needs and careers, and provide high-quality education, training, and support services for youth and adults.

In Delaware, career pathways begin in the public education system (K-12) through Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways offered in charter, comprehensive, and technical school districts. These pathways continue through adult education, occupational training programs, and postsecondary programs that are administered by partnering state agencies, institutions of higher education, and other service providers.

Public & Community Health

The Public and Community Health program of study is a three (3) course Career and Technical Education (CTE) instruction program that engages students in a comprehensive approach to health while learning about social determinants such as poverty, discrimination, and inadequate access to resources. Students will learn to view health from medical, behavioral, social, and environmental perspectives. Additionally, students will discover methods for eliminating health inequities and bringing awareness to public policy to determine the distribution of resources needed for healthy communities. Students will explore the fields of health and human services while investigating client needs, services, and the skills and attitudes required of the effective human services worker.

Through exploration of the National Health Science Standards, students will acquire important skills necessary for healthcare professionals such as medical terminology, medical mathematics, communication, safety practices, legal responsibilities, and teamwork.

Sequence of Courses:

Fundamentals of Health Sciences
Essentials of Public & Community Health
Personal Wellness

Early College Credit/Credentials:

American Heart Association
CPR / First Aid
Up to 3 college credits
at Delaware Technical
Community College
Up to 3 college credits at Wilmington University

Work-Based Learning:

Job Shadowing
Mock Interviews
Resume Workshops

Bachelor’s Degree

Average Salary:

Common Positions:
Public Health/Psychiatric Nursing

Associates Degree

Average Salary:

Common Positions:
Community Health Worker


Average Salary:

Common Positions:
Home Health Aides

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Wage Differential

Bilingual employees are compensated with a language differential of 5-20% more per hour than the base rate of a monolingual employee


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Student pathway Testimonials

Beatriz Ramirez , Student at William Penn

“Now I know what I want to do with my life, thanks to the focus on careers at William Penn. At first, I picked culinary arts because I didn’t know what else to do. But I fell in love with it!”