2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 16, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Health Education [HEC]

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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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills of a health literate health educator as currently defined by the field.
  2. Assess needs, resources and capacity to determine priorities for school health education.
  3. Plan effective, culturally and developmentally appropriate school health education curricula and programs.
  4. Develop and deliver health education based on current best practices in the field.
  5. Implement health education instruction so learners meet state and national standards in health education.
  6. Assess learner performance to improve instruction and learner outcomes.
  7. Plan and coordinate a school health education program based on current state and national frameworks.
  8. Serve as a resource person in health education.
  9. Communicate and advocate for health and school health education.

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
    • 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 health education program must submit an application for consideration to the health department program.


  • 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.


Professional Licensure Disclosure Information 

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, 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 (General Education  ); World Language Requirement  

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.

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