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:
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 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.
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.