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.