Health Education

Health Education Degree Requirements

Health Education Major/Minor

Thank you for considering a major/minor in health education. We hope the information provided will assist you with your decision on a degree program. 

The field of health education is indeed an exciting and growing one.  With the rapid changes in health care today, a prevention focus is of ever-increasing importance. For students interested in a major in health education, there are two degree emphases and a degree option.  A teaching or non-teaching minor is also available.

All students accepted into the health education program must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA during their undergraduate studies.

MAJOR in Health Education

A minimum of 120 semester credit hours to include:

  1. Completion of the University general education requirements (see Academic Information and Graduation Requirements). Courses which fulfill both general education goals and major requirements:
  1. Completion of the following required courses:
  1. Completion of the Health Education Major Core Requirements (21 credits).
  2. Completion of the courses from one of the two degree emphasis areas or degree option listed below.  Students selecting the school health emphasis are encouraged to complete coursework toward a teaching minor or second teaching major. In addition, students wishing to teach must also complete all College of Education course requirements.
  3. Completion of elective courses.  Elective courses should be selected according to the student's interests and career needs, in conjunction with a faculty advisor.  The total number of elective credit hours may include course prerequisites for general education requirements and is dependent on the health education major emphasis area selected.
  4. Credits earned in a health education course with a grade of lower than a "C-" will not be counted towards the health education major requirement, but will be calculated in the total credit calculation toward graduation.
  5. Present a current first aid and CPR card to her/his faculty advisor.
Health Education Major Core Requirements (21 credits)

H E 2200: Promoting Wellness (3 cr)
H E 2221: Introduction to Health Education (3 cr)
H E 3340,3340L: Fitness and Wellness Programs and Lab (3 cr)
H E 3342: Stress and Emotional Health (3 cr)
H E 4410: Behavior Change Theory and Application (3 cr)
H E 4420: Health Program Planning and Implementation (3 cr)
H E 4435: Health Program Evaluation and Research (3 cr)

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School Health Emphasis

Students with a school health emphasis are training to teach health in public or private junior high or senior high schools.  Students choosing the school health emphasis must also be admitted to the teacher education program and complete all requirements for teaching certification through the College of Education.  Completion of at least one minor area of study is recommended.  A list of possible minors and College of Education requirements may be found in the ISU catalog.  It is recommended that the student have an advisor in both the College of Education and the Health Education program.

In addition to the Health Education Major Core, the following courses are required in the School Health emphasis:

Major Component in Health (12 credits)
H E 4430: Curriculum and Methods in Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4442: Environmental Health and Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4443: Substance Abuse and Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4445: Human Sexuality and Health Education (3 cr)

OR

Single Subject Teaching Major in Health (24 credits)
H E 3383: Epidemiology (3 cr)
H E 4430: Curriculum and Methods in Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4432: Community and Public Health (3 cr)
H E 4442: Environmental Health and Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4443: Substance Abuse and Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4445: Human Sexuality and Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4473 or HCA 4473: Health Program Marketing (3 cr)
H E Electives (3 cr)

Students in the school health emphasis must also complete the Professional Education Core and Student Teaching Internship (44 credits) from the College of Education (see Secondary Teacher Education requirements)

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Community/Worksite Health Emphasis (minimum of 36 credits)

Students with a community/worksite emphasis are training to plan, implement, and evaluate health education and promotion activities in various settings such as health departments, hospitals, volunteer community health agencies (Red Cross, Cancer Society, Heart Association, Lung Association, etc.), health maintenance organizations, corporations, fitness facilities, wellness centers, or university settings.  As with many occupations today, some of the sites listed above prefer to hire individuals with a graduate degree in health.

In addition to the Health Education Major Core, the following courses are required in the Community/Worksite Health emphasis:

H E 2210/HCA 2210: Medical Terminology (2 cr)
H E 3383: Epidemiology (3 cr)
H E 4432: Community and Public Health (3 cr)
H E 4442: Environmental Health and Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4443: Substance Abuse and Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4445: Human Sexuality and Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4473/HCA 4473: Health Care Marketing (3 cr)
H E 4490: Practicum (4 cr)
HCA 3350: Organizational Behavior and Health Care (3 cr) or MGT 3312: Individual and Organizational Behavior (3 cr)
HCA 3384: Human Resource Management In Health Care Organizations (3 cr)
H E Electives (6 cr)

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Addictions Studies Option (minimum of 35 credits)

This option provides the student with a broad understanding of substance abuse issues as well as specific strategies to prevent/intervene with individuals in a variety of settings. Possible Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification with additional course work is possible.

In addition to the Health Education Major Core, the following courses are required in the Addictions Studies option:

H E 2210/HCA 2210: Medical Terminology (2 cr)
H E 2232: Helping Theories (3 cr)
H E 3311: Case Management of Substance Abuse (3 cr)
H E 3312: Ethics for the Addictions Counselor (2 cr)
H E 3383: Epidemiology (3 cr)
H E 4432: Community and Public Health (3 cr)
H E 4443: Substance Abuse and Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4473/HCA 4473: Health Care Marketing (3 cr)
H E 4490: Practicum (4 cr)
HCA 3350: Organizational Behavior and Health Care (3 cr) or MGT 3312: Individual and Organizational Behavior (3 cr)
H E Electives (6 cr)

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MINOR in Health Education

Students can elect to earn a Teaching Minor or a Non- Teaching Minor in health education.  Students interested in the Teaching Minor must be accepted to the College of Education Teacher Education Program. The following courses are required for a Teaching Minor or Non-Teaching Minor in Health Education:

Teaching Minor (21 Credits)

H E 2200: Promoting Wellness (3 cr)
H E 2221: Introduction to Health Education (3 cr)
H E 3340,3340L: Fitness and Wellness Programs and Lab (3 cr)
H E 3342: Stress and Emotional Health (3 cr)
H E 4430: Curriculum and Methods in Health Education (3 cr)
Two of the following three courses:
H E 4442: Environmental Health and Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4443: Substance Abuse and Health Education (3 cr)
H E 4445: Human Sexuality and Health Education (3 cr)

Non-Teaching Minor (21 Credits)

H E 2200: Promoting Wellness (3 cr)
H E 2221: Introduction to Health Education (3 cr)
H E 3340,3340L: Fitness and Wellness Programs and Lab (3 cr)
H E 3342: Stress and Emotional Health (3 cr)
H E 4410: Behavior Change Theory and Application (3 cr)
H E 4420: Health Program Planning and Implementation (3 cr)
H E 4435: Health Program Evaluation and Research (3 cr)

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