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Health Educator

Career data updated last on 10/8/2014
Health Educator Health educators inform people about the causes and prevention of health problems and disease, especially those that relate to lifestyle, work and cultural factors. Health educators help others to improve their health by providing counseling, education and community organization. They may conduct a "community diagnosis" to assess the health risks in an entire area, and then plan a way to educate the community about those risks and how to deal with them.
Salary $27.70 hourly-$57,610 annually
Significant Points For health educators the most significant source of training is a Master’s degree.
Work Environment Health educators are employed by state and local health departments, schools, colleges, corporations and community or government agencies, hospitals and managed care systems.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended. To enter a university or college program, you should complete three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including one biological science, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; two years of a second language,and public speaking.
Academic Requirements Health educators must firt earn a baccalaureate or master's degree in health education/promotion, community or public health. Studies cover public health research and practice, social policy, health issues in different populations, community diagnosis, planning, management and development techniques. To be recognized as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), health educators must successfully complete a certification examination throught the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. The CHES designation after a health educator's name is an indication of professional competency and commitment to continued professional development. Students go on to further their education by getting a master's in public health.


University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate    On-line program available On-line program available
Masters Degree Master's
University of Northern Colorado
Certificate Degree Certificate    On-line program available On-line program available
Masters Degree Master's    On-line program available On-line program available

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