Health educators present information about how to improve health, prevent disease, and modify behaviors to individual patients as well as community groups. Health educators create and write educational materials, conduct meetings, and plan informative programs.
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School health educators — teaches personal hygiene and the impacts of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.
Community health educators — uses employers, media, and workshops to send the message of prevention and wellness.
Public health educators — works with public health issues as liaison between governmental agencies and the public.
Health educators partner with community organizations, hospitals, clinics, schools, government agencies, and businesses which require frequent visits and phone calls to set up health education programming based on a needs assessment. Subjects of programs can include tobacco cessation, cultural diversity in health care, healthy living styles, and even pollution protection in a factory.
High school students should take math, science, and English. Health educators must have a bachelor's degree in health education or another health-related subject. A master's degree in health education is also offered by many universities. If teaching in the schools, health educators must have a teaching certificate.
Herzing University - Brookfield
Herzing University - Kenosha
Herzing University - Madison
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin - Superior
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Society of Health and Physical Educators
1900 Association Dr.
Reston, VA, 20191-1598
703/476-3400 or 800/213-7193
American College Health Association
1362 Mellon Rd., Suite 180
Hanover, MD, 21076
American Public Health Association
800 I St NW
Washington, DC, 20001
American School Health Association
7918 Jones Branch Dr., Suite 300
McLean, VA, 22102
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
1541 Alta Dr., Suite 303
Whitehall, PA, 18052-5642
484/223-0770 or 888/624-3248
Society for Public Health Education
10 G St., NE, Suite 605
Washington, DC, 20002
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