Health Educators are professionals who design, conduct and evaluate activities that help improve the health of all people. For example, they provide information on preventive health care to the general public in an effort to prevent disease and promote the health of individuals and communities. They address subjects such as sexuality, alcohol/substance abuse, tobacco control and prevention, maternal/child health, and nutrition/weight management. Some health educators also work on research and planning, studying the health needs of a population and creating educational programs to help meet those needs.
The University of Vermont offers online Certificates of Graduate Study in Public Health and Epidemiology and Masters in Public Health Degree programs.
Salary Range: $30,400 – $63,880
Salary Notes: The annual mean wage in Vermont is $55,270.
Where you can study:
Merrimack College, North Andover, MA
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT
Where you might work:
– Colleges and Universities – Corporations – Correctional Facilities – Hospitals – Non-profit Organizations – Physician Offices – Public Health Agencies – Rehabilitation Centers – Schools
Job Outlook: Demand for health educators is expected to grow faster than average with increasing emphasis on preventive health care.
Education, Licensing and Certification: High school course work for this position should include college prep classes in math, science and humanities. Health educators might earn a bachelor’s degree in education, public health, psychology or other related fields. For many positions, a Vermont teaching certificate is required. It is also possible to be a certified health educator through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America (Formerly American Alliance for Health Education, Physical Education Recreation and Dance) 800-213-7193
American Public Health Association 202-777-APHA (2742)
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing 888-624-3248
National Education Association 202-833-4000
Society for Public Health Education 202-408-9804
The Council on Education for Public Health maintains an excellent website for students interested in undergraduate or graduate degrees in public health, including which schools are accredited. 202-789-1050