What Makes this Minor Unique?
The minor curriculum is rooted in the core competences for health education specialists and prepares individuals to be eligible to complete the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Credentialing is optional and not automatic upon graduation. Individuals who graduate with this minor and a bachelor’s degree may be eligible for CHES certification but must complete the exam through NCHEC and obtain a passing score. Refer to NCHEC’s website for more information on the CHES exam.
Interdisciplinary and Inter-professional Approach
Health promotion requires a village approach drawing expertise from a number of disciplines. Students from a variety of undergraduate majors may find this minor appealing as it provides a credentialing opportunity for individuals interested in the wide variety of careers that focus on improving the well-being of individuals and populations.
Hybrid and Experiential Design
All minor courses are offered in a hybrid format with more than 51% being offered online. In addition to face-to-face meetings at UW Bothell and online activities through Canvas, students in this minor will have the opportunity to engage and to co-create a virtual community, Salus, which connects both physical and digital worlds. The virtual community of Salus, developed by health education & promotion faculty, students, and community partners, serves as an innovative platform for students in the minor to interact with community organizations and with each other. The site also serves as a channel for sharing information, insights and resources relating to minor course work that supports regional health priorities and strengthens collective impact.
Community Engaged and Connected Learning
Course activities enable students to translate what they are learning directly into practice and to work with peers, community members, and experts to tackle real health issues and priorities. Consequently, projects and assignments also help to enhance the students’ professional portfolios, networks, and marketability.
Social Ecological and Human Rights-Based Approach
Students in the minor will examine factors that impact health inequities, human rights, and health promotion practice by using a holistic, social ecological framework.