Portfolio Guidelines

Student Assessment Outcome Requirement

The BS in Health Science: Health Education Option is a competency-based curriculum which meets the rigorous standards set up by the national accrediting body for health education, the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Your program of study is designed to enable you to fulfill the "List of Areas of Responsibility and Competencies for Health Educators" (NCHEC). Thus, the courses you complete for your major are building a foundation for you to function effectively as a health educator in a variety of settings. These courses also help prepare you to pass the examination to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Your coursework not only gives you the knowledge you need but also skills which you will use as a health educator. Evidence of these skills includes papers, projects, and activities that directly apply to the seven major areas of responsibility critical to the health education profession.

Is the portfolio a requirement for graduation?

Yes! The portfolio is a requirement for all majors in Health Science who seek the Option Health Education.

What is a portfolio?

A portfolio is a carefully selected, purposeful, organization of your professionally related academic accomplishments. It demonstrates that you have met the entry- level competency skill standards for health educators as outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. When these materials chosen from your course work are compiled in one package, it is called a portfolio.

What is the purpose of the portfolio?

  • Enables you to document professional skills during a job interview.
  • Demonstrates to potential employers the capabilities of our graduates in health education.
  • Provides the Department with materials for assessing the seven competencies and responsibilities as outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
  • Assists faculty in identifying strengths and weaknesses in the program curriculum.
  • Assists you to develop confidence as you progress through the program.
  • Helps faculty and you to identify skill areas which still need attention.
  • May be supplemented after graduation as you gain more experience and skills.

How does the portfolio fit into my professional future?

As stated in the introductory paragraph, the B.S. Health Science: Health-Education Option is a competency-based curriculum designed to meet the rigorous standards set by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam offered at many sites across the nation each fall and spring. Skill and knowledge bases for the health education specialist are divided into seven major areas of responsibility and competency critical to the profession (see Appendix A).

How should I organize, select, and present materials for my portfolio?

Select and organize by competency/responsibility area. The majority of skills for the entry-level health educator will be learned in the required academic courses contained in the major. The courses are designed to meet one or more of the seven competency/ responsibility areas (see Appendix B).

Select from instructor-approved projects and assignments. On their respective syllabi, instructors for each of the required professional core courses will identify materials appropriate for inclusion in the portfolio collection. Some items listed as appropriate may meet more than one of the competency areas. Appendix B is a list of approved materials organized by competency area and identified by course and name of item.

Select at least one item per responsibility/competency area. More than one item may be selected, of course. Select those completed assignments and projects which document well specific skills and those with which you are especially pleased. You must have a minimum of seven (7) items in your portfolio; however, one item can be used to document more than one competency area.

When is my portfolio to be submitted?

Your portfolio is due in HCSV 490, Internship Seminar, unless otherwise arranged by your advisor. Most majors enroll in the HCSV 489 Internship and HCSV 490 Internship Seminar during their last semester of coursework. On a pre-assigned date by the seminar instructors, you will share your portfolio in a group session according to given guidelines. You will not receive credit for the seminar unless your portfolio has been presented and assessed.

Appendix A

SEVEN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

From a Competency-Based Framework for Professional Development of Certified Health Education Specialists

Area I: Assess Individual and Community Needs for Health Education

  • Competency A: Access existing health-related data
  • Competency B: Collect health-related data
  • Competency C: Distinguish between behaviors that foster and hinder well-being
  • Competence D: Determine factors that influence learning
  • Competence E: Identify factors that foster or hinder the process of health education
  • Competence F: Infer needs for health education from obtained data

Area II: Plan Health Education Strategies, Interventions and Programs

  • Competency A: Involve people and organizations in program planning
  • Competency B: Incorporate data analysis and principles of community organization
  • Competency C: Formulate appropriate and measurable program objectives
  • Competency D: Develop a logical scope and sequence plan for health education practice
  • Competency E: Design strategies, interventions and programs consistent with specified objectives
  • Competence F: Select appropriate strategies to meet objectives
  • Competence G: Assess factors that affect implementation

Area III: Implement Health Education Strategies, Interventions and Programs

  • Competency A: Initiate a plan of action
  • Competency B: Demonstrate a variety of skills in delivering strategies, interventions and programs
  • Competency C: Use a variety of methods to implement strategies, interventions and programs
  • Competency D: Conduct training programs

Area IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education

  • Competency A: Develop plans for evaluation and research
  • Competence B: Review research and evaluation procedures
  • Competence C: Design data collection instruments
  • Competence D: Carry out evaluation and research plans
  • Competence E: Interpret results from evaluation and research

Area V: Administer Health Education Strategies, Interventions and Programs

  • Competence A: Exercise organizational leadership
  • Competence B: Secure fiscal resources
  • Competence C: Manage human resources
  • Competence D: Obtain acceptance and support for programs

Area VI: Serve as a Health Education Resource Person

  • Competency A: Use health-related information resources
  • Competency B: Respond to requests for health information
  • Competency C: Select resource materials for dissemination

Area VII: Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education

  • Competency A: Analyze and respond to current and future needs in health education
  • Competency B: Apply a variety of communication methods and techniques
  • Competency C: Promote the health education profession individually and collectively
  • Competency D: Influence health policy to promote health

Appendix B

PORTFOLIO ITEMS

Listed by Responsibility/Competency Area and Course Number and Title

Area I: The graduate in health education will be able to assess individual and community needs for health education.

HCSV 260 - Computer Applications in Health Education

  • Electronic Health Education Program

HCSV 425 - Research and Evaluation in Health

  • Survey Instrument
  • Research Proposal

HCSV 471 - Health Education Planning: Theory and Practice

  • Needs Assessment Section of Program Plan

HCSV 579 - Grant Writing and Other Fundraising

  • Grant Proposal, Needs Assessment

II. The graduate in health education will be able to plan effective health education strategies, interventions and programs.

HCSV 260 - Computer Applications in Health Education

  • Electronic Health Education Program

HCSV 369 - Health Education and Communication

  • Special Event Program Plan

HCSV 462 - School Health Programs

  • Scope and Sequence Curriculum Plan

HCSV 463 - Epidemiology

  • Professional Article Critique re: Needs Assessment

HCSV 471 - Health Education Planning: Theory and Practice

  • Behavioral Intervention Program Plan

HCSV 489 - Internship

  • Project Plan Determined by Agency

HCSV 579 - Grant Writing and Other Fundraising Grant Proposal

III. The graduate in health education will be able to implement health education strategies, interventions and programs.

HCSV 260 - Computer Applications in Health Education

  • Electronic Health Education Program

HCSV 362 - Environmental Health

  • Service Learning Education Project

HCSV 369 - Health Education and Communication

  • Special Event Program Plan

HCSV 462 - School Health Programs

  • Teaching Unit Plan

HCSV 471 - Health Education Planning: Theory and Practice

  • Behavioral Intervention Program Plan Project

HCSV 579 - Grant Writing and Other Fundraising  

  • Grant Proposal, Implementation Plan

IV. The graduate in health education will be able to conduct evaluation and research related to health education.

HCSV 369 - Health Education and Communication

  • Special Event Program Plan, Evaluation Component

HCSV 425 - Research and Evaluation in Health

  • Services Research Proposal

HCSV 462 - School Health Programs

  • Curriculum Evaluation

HCSV 471 - Health Education Planning: Theory and Practice

  • Screening Project Survey Analysis
  • Behavior Intervention Plan, Evaluation Component

HCSV 489 - Internship

  • Program Evaluation

HCSV 579 - Grant Writing and Other Fundraising

  • Grant Proposal, Evaluation Component

V. The graduate in health education will be able to administer health education strategies, interventions and programs.

HCSV 369 - Health Education and Communication

  • Special Event Program Plan Project

HCSV 462 - School Health Programs

  • School-Based Education Program

HCSV 471 - Health Education Planning: Theory and Practice

  • Behavioral Intervention Program Plan Project

VI. The graduate in health education will be able to serve as a health education resource person.

HCSV 260 - Computer Applications in Health Education

  • Electronic Health Education Program

HCSV 320 - Chronic and Communicable Diseases

  • Disease Fact Sheets. Article Abstracts

HCSV 321 - Community Health

  • Agency Project

HCSV 328 - Multicultural Health

  • Multicultural Panel Presentations, Health Issues Pamphlet

HCSV 369 - Health Education and Communication

  • Special Event Program Plan Project

HCSV 462 - School Health Programs

  • Parent Education Program

HCSV 463 - Epidemiology

  • Research Article Critiques

HCSV 471 - Health Education Planning: Theory and Practice

  • Behavioral Intervention Program Plan Project

HCSV 489 - Internship

  • Documentation of Resource Activities for Agency

VII. The graduate in health education will be able to communicate and advocate for health and health education.

HCSV 260 - Computer Applications in Health Education

  • Electronic Health Education Program

HCSV 328 - Multicultural Health

  • Health Issues Pamphlet

HCSV 330 - Management Principles in Health Services

  • Case Study

HCSV 362 - Environmental Health

  • Advocacy Letter or Flyer

HCSV 369 - Health Education and Communication

  • Power Point Presentation, Letters to Editor, Press Release, Flyer, Poster

HCSV 462 - School Health Programs

  • Teaching Demonstration Video

HCSV 471 - Health Education Planning: Theory and Practice

  • Lesson Plans, Screening Activity Record Forms