Health Educator

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):

4 or more

Hourly Wage:

$17.33-$41.67 (Mean: $28.89)

One-page Description (PDF):

Health Educator

Professional Activities

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.
  • Additional competencies may be necessary, depending on the health educator’s responsibility area.

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

Educational Requirements

The minimum educational requirement is usually a four-year baccalaureate degree, with a minimum of 25 semester hours (or 37 quarter hour credits) for a health education emphasis. The transcript will typically indicate a major degree program in community health education, health education, public health education, or school health education.

  • Graduation from high school with coursework in English, science, and math.
  • Completion of a four-year college degree with an emphasis in health education.
  • Some health educators complete a one or two year Master’s degree program in health education.

Academic Programs

The University of Alaska Anchorage currently offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. This degree offers three major tracks: Health Educator, Pre-Professional, and MED-EX Physician Assistant. There is also a Minor in Public Health, for non-BSHS students who are interested in learning more about the field.

Health Sciences courses are offered online and at the Anchorage campus; it is not currently possible for students to complete the program via distance delivery. The Health Educator and Pre-Professional tracks are suited to students without extensive health-related experience; the MED-EX Physician Assistant program is intended for students with clinical service health care backgrounds.

For more information on either one of these programs, contact:
Jenny Miller, DrPH, MS, MPH
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Sciences
Department of Health Sciences
University of Alaska, Anchorage
BOC 3, Suite 220
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508-4614
Phone: (907) 786-6588
Email: afvlm@uaa.alaska.edu
Website: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/healthsciences/bshs/index.cfm

Contacts

State Contacts:

Alaska Health Education Library Project- (AHELP)
AHELP is an electronic clearinghouse of current health promotion and health education resources that are specific to and available in Alaska. It contains information on health promotion programs, projects and materials and more.
Website: http://www.ahelp.org/

National Contacts:

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
1541 Alta Drive, Suite 303
Whitehall, PA 18052-5642
Phone: (484) 223-0770
Toll free: (888) 624-3248
Fax: (800) 813-0727
Website: http://www.nchec.org/

Member Organizations of the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO)

American Public Health Association (APHA) http://www.apha.org/

American College Health Association (ACHA) http://www.acha.org/

Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) http://www.dhpe.org/

Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) http://www.sophe.org/

Eta Sigma Gamma/National Health Education Honorary http://etasigmagamma.org/

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