Minor in Health Education and Promotion

The minor in Health Education & Promotion prepares individuals to become health education specialists who work in a variety of settings to improve and promote health locally and globally.  Key responsibilities and competencies of health education specialists include: Health Educator teaching family about nutrition

  • Assessing individual and community-level capacity, needs and resourcess for health promotion;
  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating culturally tailored health education and promotion
  • Applying scientific evidence to improve health promotion practice
  • Conducting ethical research to improve individual and population health
  • Communicating health information effectively to a variety of audiences and through multiple mediums (e.g. print materials; video; social media; radio, etc.)
  • Advocating for improved health policy and for the health education/promotion profession

Health Educator working in the communityHealth education specialists work across public and private sectors including: community organazitions and non-profits; county, state, and federal health departments and agencies; global health organizations; communications and media; military; schools & universities; hospitals and community health centers; insurance companies; business and public policy.

Credentialing

Students that complete this minor along with a bachelor’s degree are prepared to take the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) exam through the National Coalition for Health Education & Credentialing (NCHEC).  Certification as a national health education specialist is voluntary but signifies to employers that the individual has training in the 7 key areas of the profession.  According to NCHEC, Washington State is one of the largest national employers of certified health educations specialists.  For more information on credentialing and how you can further your professional value in the field of health education, please watch this video.

Declare Health Education and Promotion Form

To declare the Health Education and Promotion minor, print form and submit it to your department advisor.