A bachelor of health education degree prepares students for careers as health educators. These educators work in a number of different settings such as schools, hospitals, and private industry to promote wellness and nutrition to clients. Universities and colleges offer programs in health education that lead to the awarding of either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. In general, these degrees take at least four years to complete and require approximately 120-135 credit hours to finish*.
The core coursework of the bachelor of health education degree consists of about 30-40 hours of classes that teach comprehensive subjects related to health, wellness, and nutrition. Specific courses include health promotion tactics, community health issues, program evaluation and planning, first aid, human sexuality, and mental health among many others. The goal is to allow for students to develop a well-rounded understanding of the many complex issues related to human health. In order to better accomplish this, the coursework is often interdisciplinary and includes classes in areas such as biology, psychology, sociology, gender studies, as well as health education*.
Once the student has graduated, they may begin working in one of various different industries where educators are hired to teach people the basics of staying healthy. The majorities of health educators work full time and are required to work with a number of different people over the course of the day, where meetings are either held face-to-face with individual clients or with multiple people at once as part of a class*.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that health educators make $48,790 per year on average. The lowest paid educators work in rehabilitation services while the highest paid ones work in hospitals and for private companies. Pay may vary depending on a number of other variables as well, such as the location where the educator is working as well as their experience in the field**.
According to the BLS, job growth for health educators is expected to increase by twenty one percent within the next ten years, making it one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States. As greater focus is placed on preventative care and treatment, the importance of health education is expected to grow**. Government officials and health insurance experts believe that by teaching people more about healthy habits, outcomes will be improved and healthcare costs will be reduced. Experienced health educators may play a key role in implementing such educational programs in the future.
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*For more information, please visit: http://uca.edu/healthsci/undergraduate/bachelor-of-science-health-education/
**For more information, please visit: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm