Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Health Education (HE) program at Idaho State University.
There is little doubt in today's world that health promotion and disease prevention strategies are on nearly every national health care agenda. As a society, we have learned that a full measure of health and a better quality of life are within the grasp of most people. The lifestyle choices a person makes today may influence that individual's health forever.
The undergraduate and graduate HE programs prepare students to work with individuals, groups, and organizations to educate and facilitate the voluntary adoption of actions and behaviors conducive to health. Students are also prepared to perform the following seven areas of responsibilities and competencies of entry-level health educators as described by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC):
- Assess individual and community needs for health education
- Plan health education strategies, interventions, and programs
- Implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs
- Conduct evaluation and research related to health education
- Administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs
- Serve as a health education resource person
- Communicate and advocate for health and health education
HE graduates are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) national certification offered through NCHEC. According to NCHEC, the benefits of the CHES designation include: establishes a national standard, attests to the individual's knowledge and skills, assist employers in identifying qualified health education practitioners, develops a sense of pride and accomplishment, and promotes continued professional development.
As always, you may also give us a call at 208-282-2729 or visit our office located in Reed Gymnasium #242 on the Pocatello campus.
The School Health emphasis of the undergraduate Health Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
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