Students enrolled in this program will focus on encouraging healthy lifestyles and wellness by educating both individuals as well as communities. Coursework for the major will cover a wide range of subjects and skills. Major courses will include health promotion and illness prevention concepts, nutrition, communication skills, curriculum development and program evaluation principles. The focus on teaching health behaviors will make the program more attractive to students interested in a health career that is not strongly science based, but rather one that helps teach clients to live healthy lives. Although our program will emphasize rural health issues, graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of settings. Health educators work in medical settings, colleges and universities, public health departments, nonprofit organizations and private businesses.
Student learning outcomes are aligned with the seven Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification exam competencies: