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Health Education and Promotion Track Courses
PM 526 Communication in Public Health, 4 units
Application of communication theories and methods to community health problems. Includes background assessment, program design, evaluation, social marketing, media advocacy and review of major campaigns.
PM 528 Program Design & Evaluation, 4 units
Core concepts, methods and values of public health program planning and evaluation, including community needs assessment, writing objectives, designing health promotion programs, process and outcome evaluation.
PM 536 Program Evaluation & Research, 4 units
Overview of concepts, tools, data collection, analysis methods and designs used to evaluate health promotion programs. Examples from substance abuse prevention, family planning and reproductive health programs.
PM 562 Intervention Approaches for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, 4 units
Approaches for modifying health behavior in various settings and within diverse populations. Emphasis on practical considerations necessary to design and implement interventions with demonstrated effectiveness.
PM 563 Organizing and Mobilizing Communities for Global Health, 4 units
Survey of effective community organizing and mobilization efforts in the U.S. and abroad, using participatory, organizational, community empowerment and public-private partnership models.
Health Education and Promotion Careers
A few of the titles health educators hold include:
- Health Promotion Specialist
- Health Educator
- Public Health Educator
- Health Coordinator
- Corporate Wellness Trainer
Organizations that employ health educators include:
- Federal, state and local government agencies
- Nonprofit organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross
- Community-based organizations, such as rape crisis centers, substance abuse treatment facilities and senior citizen centers
- Hospitals, managed care organizations and rehabilitation clinics
- Colleges and universities
- Private businesses
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of health educators needed is expected to grow by 37% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Statistics from the BLS also show that the following industries employ the greatest number of health educators:
- General medical and surgical hospitals—11,050
- Local governments—6,420
- Individual and family services—5,290