Health Education is a professional field that is expanding rapidly, primarily because of recent Federal legislation that has emphasized health promotion and disease prevention as major priorities of national health and social policy.
The goal of health education is to facilitate voluntary health-related behavioral and social change through application of the principles of the behavioral and social sciences. As such, health education is concerned with helping individuals and groups to assume responsibility for their health by learning and adopting behaviors, and by supporting social policies that can promote and maintain health. To this end, those earning a Master of Education with a major in health education develop competencies in: assessing individual and group needs for health education; planning, implementing, and evaluating effective health education programs; coordinating provisions for health education; acting as resource persons in health education; and communicating health and health education needs, concerns and resources
There are two different programs of study for this degree:
- M.Ed in Community Health Education for those pursuing employment with Health Departments, Hospitals, Businesses, etc.
- M.Ed in Health Education. Teachers who possess a current MI teaching certificate may earn a health teaching endorsement by selecting this option.