2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 10, 2023  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Health Education [HEC]

This degree program in the Health Department  focuses on school health education and the preparation of health education specialists to work within school settings. Students complete a full semester of student teaching.

Career Potential

  • Elementary health education specialist
  • High school health educator
  • Junior high school health educator
  • Prevention specialist in school district or community
  • District health education coordinator
  • Public health educator

Special Features

  • Health Science honorary chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma
  • Study abroad in London, Belize, Australia, Africa
  • Student teaching in Australia
  • Concentrations available in
    • College Health Promotion and Prevention Services
    • Health Communication
    • International Health
    • Wellness and Health Promotion

Changing Your Major to a Health Department Program

Students meeting the criteria listed below who wish to change majors to the community health or the health education program must submit an application for consideration no later than the end of the third week in the semester prior to when they would like to enter the health department program. Decisions will be made by mid-semester each semester for entry the following semester.

Those students meeting the criteria listed below wishing to change to the human service studies major must have completed an associate's degree in human services or chemical dependency counseling to be eligible for consideration.


  • Minimum overall GPA:
    • 2.5 for 46 or more credit hours completed
    • 2.35 for 0-45 credit hours completed
  • Ability to clearly articulate why you want to be a health major
  • A high level of interest, indicated by volunteer/work/educational experience
  • Ability to articulate a connection between a health major and career interests

Meeting minimum overall GPA does not guarantee admittance to the health major.

B. Required Courses: 58 credit hours

D. Optional Concentration Requirement

Students in the Health Education program may also elect one of the following concentrations in addition to the core course of study: College Health Promotion and Prevention Services, Health Communication, International Health, or Wellness and Health Promotion.

Required Workshops

Complete the following workshops prior to student teaching:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

Example of the B.S. in Health Education over four years

 General Education (GE); Foreign Language

Total credit hours for semester: 17

First Year Spring

Total credit hours for semester: 15

Total credit hours for semester: 15

Second Year Spring

Total credit hours for semester: 15

Third Year Fall

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Total credit hours for semester: 14


All-college requirements, such as liberal arts requirements and total credit hours toward graduation, have to be carefully monitored as part of the free elective and department elective selection process. Because the credit hours for individual courses vary from .5 credit hours to four credit hours, completing each elective course noted above will not guarantee that the student will also meet all of the degree requirements.