Health Education

Career Opportunities

AIDS Educator
Alcohol Educator/Counselor
Cancer Information Specialist
Cardiac Rehab Specialist
Case Manager
Community Health Educator
Community Outreach Coordinator
Community Organizer
Community Services Director
Corporate Fundraiser
Corporate Fitness Coordinator
Cultural Competency Trainer
Diet Counselor
Director of Volunteers
Disability Evaluator
Domestic Violence Educator
Drug Counselor
Drug Rehabilitation Specialist
Elder Nutrition Coordinator
Elder Services Director
Eligibility Specialist
Employee Assistance Program Director
Environmental Advocate
Environmental Educator
Epidemiology Assistant
Events Coordinator
Family Life Educator
Family Planning Counselor
Family Services Specialist
Fire Prevention Specialist
Fitness Counselor
Fundraiser
Grant Writer
Grassroots Organizer
Head Start Health Specialist
Health Advocate
Health and Safety Specialist
Health and Wellness Coordinator
Health Education Director
Health Counselor
Health Education Coordinator
Health Education Specialist
Health Educator
Health Information Specialist
Health Journalist
Health Marketing Coordinator
Health Promotion Programmer
Health Resource Specialist
Health Workshop Instructor
Healthy Start Coordinator
High School Teacher, Health**
**Upon completion of Credential Program
Health Media Consultant
International Health Worker
Lactation Consultant
Media Specialist
Medical Supply Sales Rep
Occupational Health and Safety Director
Patient Education Coordinator
Patient Educator
Pharmaceutical Sales Rep
Prevention Program Director
Program Evaluator
Program/Events Coordinator
Program Resource Coordinator
Program Specialist
Protective Services Worker
Public Information Specialist
Public Health Inspector
Rape Prevention Educator
Recruitment and Training Director
Rehabilitation Counselor
Safety Educator
Senior Services Coordinator
Sex Educator
Social Services Coordinator
Support Services Supervisor
Teen Outreach Coordinator
Teen Parent Educator
Tobacco Educator
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Well Baby Educator
Wellness Coordinator
Wellness Consultant
Women's Health Director
Women's Shelter Director
Worksite Safety Educator
Youth Educator
Youth and Family Counselor
Youth Outreach Coordinator
Youth Program Specialist

If you want to attend graduate school, the B.S. Health Science: Health Education Option enables you to enter into a graduate program in any of the following:

Public Health
Health Education
Community Health
Health Promotion
School Health
Health Science

Job Trends

The AIDS epidemic with its related complex medical, legal economic and social issues is expected to increase the need for qualified health educators throughout the world.

Greater emphasis on integrating health promotion and disease prevention in health plans is increasing in primary care settings as well as community-based outreach programs.

The need for interdisciplinary faculty in secondary and higher education is expanding rapidly to keep pace with ever changing public health technologies.

Educators trained in maternal and child health, nutrition, sanitation, population control, and prevention of disease will increasingly find career opportunities in developing countries.

There is a growing demand for culturally diverse outreach workers trained in behavioral and community based intervention technologies to both educate and empower populations at risk to improve their health status (http:/www.asph.org/educ.htm).

"The mission of public health is to prevent disease and disability and to promote health."

Job Settings

Federal, State, and Local Health Agencies
Schools, Colleges, and Universities
Consumer Advocacy Organizations
Wellness Programs
State Legislative Committees
Voluntary Health Agencies
Relief Agencies
Community-based Programs
Crisis Centers
International Organizations
Rehabilitation Centers
Health Services Delivery Organizations
Stress, Depression and Suicide
Substance Abuse Centers and Agencies
Centers for the Aging
Corporations/Businesses
Hospitals
Health Maintenance Organizations

Key Issues

Occupational safety and health
Maternal and child health
Family planning
Access to quality health care
Immunizations
Domestic violence
Sexually transmitted diseases/HIV
Environmental hazards
Nutrition, diet, and obesity
Physical activity and fitness
Chronic disease prevention
Stress, depression, and suicide
Tobacco, drugs and alcohol abuse
Injury prevention

Roles of Health Educators*

Responsibility 1 – Assess individual and community needs for health education.

Responsibility 2 – Plan effective health education programs.

Responsibility 3 – Implement health education programs.

Responsibility 4 – Evaluate the effectiveness of health education programs.

Responsibility 5 – Coordinate the provision of health education services.

Responsibility 6 – Act as a resource person in health education.

Responsibility 7 – Communicate health education needs, concerns, and resources.

*The National Commission for Health Education Certification, Inc. (1996).  A Competency Based Framework for the Professional Development of Certified Health Education Specialists.  Allentown, PA