This concentration in the Health Department links the areas of communication and health. It is designed to prepare students to work in careers that use communication approaches to inform and influence personal and community actions that enhance health and promote the quality of life.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills of a health literate health educator as currently defined by the field.
Assess needs, resources and capacity to determine priorities for school health education.
Plan effective, culturally and developmentally appropriate school health education curricula and programs.
Develop and deliver health education based on current best practices in the field.
Implement health education instruction so learners meet state and national standards in health education.
Assess learner performance to improve instruction and learner outcomes.
Plan and coordinate a school health education program based on current state and national frameworks.
Serve as a resource person in health education.
Communicate and advocate for health and school health education.
Health communication specialist with government agencies, health organizations, businesses
Consultant to public, private organizations
Health Education with a concentration in Health Communication [HEC_HCOM]
In addition to the requirements to fulfill the concentration in Health Communication listed below, students must fulfill all degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education in Health Education [HEC].
A. Required Concentration Courses: 20 credit hours
One eight-week internship must be completed in an approved agency or program with a health communication focus. Health education majors will need to register for an eight-week internship (HLH 499) in addition to their student teaching requirement.
Total Credit Hours Required for the concentration in Health Communication: 28
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of Health Education: Concentration in Health Communication [HEC_HCOM] over four years