Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Program

Health Educator Track

Health Educator Track

Career Opportunities

Health educators use educational processes to promote health and influence human well-being in a variety of school, community, workplace, and medical care settings. They promote good health by educating the public about the causes of disease and the means of prevention on a community-wide level. Health educators may also provide counseling, plan and evaluate programs, and organize community efforts.

  • The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. adopted seven responsibility areas that a health educator should possess:
  • Assess individual and community needs for health education; Plan effective health education programs;
  • Implement health education programs; Evaluate the effectiveness of health education programs;
  • Coordinate the provision of health education services;
  • Act as a resource person in health education; and
  • Communicate health and health education needs, concerns and resources.

Health educators in Alaska are employed by public health departments, schools, Native health corporations, and community, government, or non-profit agencies.

Admission Requirements

In order to be formally admitted into the Health Educator track, students must complete the following courses and receive a "B" or better in each course:

  • HS A220 Core Concepts in Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • HS A230 Introduction to Global Health (3 credits)
  • HS A326 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)

All students also must complete 20 hours of community service at a health-related not-for-profit organization of their choice and submit documentation of their hours.

Lastly, students must meet with a pre-major advisor. For more information, email BSHSadvise@uaa.alaska.edu.

Required Courses

In addition to the University requirements, students must complete 39 credits of track specific required core courses:

  • HS A210 Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits) 
  • HS A220 Core Concepts in Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • HS A230 Introduction to Global Health (3 credits)
  • HS A326 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • HS A345 Planning and Implementation of Health Education Programs (3 credits)
  • HSISDC A370 Medical Sociology (3 credits)
  • HS/HUMS A420 Introduction to Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • HSINS A433 Health Education: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • HS A492 Senior Seminar: Contemporary Health Policy (3 credits)
  • HS A495 Health Sciences Practicum (3 credits)
  • PEP A38-4 Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Health and Physical Activity (3 credits)
  • PHIL A302 Biomedical Ethics (3 credits)
  • PSY A372 Community Psychology (3 credits)

Download the BSHS Health Educator Track Advising Sheet for a complete list of courses (including University, support courses, and focus courses requirements) needed to complete the Health Educator track.