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Health Education and Promotion

Overview

Improve Public Health Through Education Educating the public about measures they can take to protect and improve their health is an important part of building a safer and healthier world. If your ambition is to work directly with people to make a difference in their health and well-being, becoming a health educator can be a rewarding career choice. Learn more about this track now:

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.

Track Total: 20

Health Education and Promotion Careers

A wide avenue of opportunity is open to those interested in health education and promotion. With increasing emphasis on reducing health care costs by teaching people to make better choices regarding maintaining and improving their health, health educators are becoming more important than ever. Health educators today may do anything from working in a hospital's health education department and designing courses for patients, to developing a strategic campaign for smoking cessation in a local community or even in a private business.

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

Sources:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211091.htm