Public Health Major - Health Education Track

Program Overview

Designed to be completed in a minimum of four full-length semesters, students who major in Public Health take a variety of courses covering the five core areas of public health, including behavioral sciences, health administration, research, environmental health and epidemiology. 

The Health Education track prepares entry-level health educators who are able to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate a broad range of health promotion and disease prevention programs among a community’s diverse population. Knowledge of public health education is achieved through a multi-discipline study of the physical and natural sciences, education, psychology, sociology, and public health. 

Practice-based skills are integral components of a carefully designed program.  Students become oriented to the profession of health education through the completion of a 12-credit full-time internship during their final semester, at which time they also take the national certification examination to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). 

Is the Health Education Track Right for You?

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Public Health Education track is a good choice for students who:

  • Want to be directly involved in planning and implementing programs that improve the health status of individuals and communities. 
  • Want to be eligible to work in a variety of settings, including governmental and non-governmental agencies, hospitals and clinics, and for-profit organizations, among others.
  • Want the opportunity to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), a nationally recognized professional credential indicating professional competency and a commitment to continued professional development.

Careers in Public Health Education

With a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Education and CHES certification, graduates are eligible to pursue a wide variety of positions in the field of health education.  Examples of positions held by graduates of the program include:

  • Health educators for city, county, and federal departments of health
  • HIV/AIDS educators and counselors
  • School health educators for private schools
  • Environmental Health Specialists for health departments and private corporations
  • Health educators for family service organizations such as Catholic Charities and Jewish Family Services
  • Public education coordinators for non-profit agencies such as the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross   
  • Counselors and case managers at Planned Parenthood, the Division of Youth and Family Services, senior centers and County Offices on Aging
  • Health promotion specialists in corporations and managed care organizations
  • Health education coordinators for hospitals and nursing homes

For information about the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential, visit the website for the National Commission for Health Education credentialing, Inc. at http://www.nchec.org.