Students gain experience and skills in promoting healthy behaviors and preventing both chronic and infectious disease and injury, while learning the theories and research methods necessary in this profession. Health Education professionals design, conduct and evaluate activities that help improve the health of all people. These activities can take place in a variety of settings that include schools, communities, churches, worksites, businesses, colleges, government agencies, health care facilities, voluntary health agencies, health maintenance organizations, correctional institutions, private clubs & self help groups.
Health educators are employed under a range of job titles such as patient educators, health education teachers, trainers, wellness coordinator, community organizers, and health program managers. Additional jobs may include: grant writing, coalition building, advocacy, mass media campaign development & evaluation, coordinated school health program implementation, and risk assessment. With additional training, students with this degree can also teach health in the K-12 school system.
Yes, Community Health track students gain an area of specialization (minor) in Health Education.
Health Education encompasses improving the health status of individuals, families and communities, reducing premature deaths, enhancing quality of life, and focusing on prevention through behavior change strategies in any of the following areas: alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, human sexuality, nutrition, weight management, fitness, chronic and infectious disease, or mental/emotional health.
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