Wayne State University

Health Education: School or Community

The Health Education: School or Community programs at Wayne State University are committed to excellence in the preparation of professional school and community health educators. Each of the program utilizes a variety of sources and a philosophy of health education to develop its knowledge base, goals, and objectives.

Why Major in Health Education?

Employment prospects are excellent for health education instructors. Health care has become one of the largest employment areas in America. Many of these health industry workers need on-going training due to rapid advances in health care technology and health services. Health education teachers are vital to ensuring that health care positions are filled by knowledgeable and well-trained health education professionals.

Goals of the Program

The general goal of the undergraduate Teacher Certification Track is to prepare teachers for careers in schools.

Specific goals for the teacher certification track are that students will:

  • Comprehend and apply health concepts and skills, theories and models of behavior change and principles of health promotion
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess individual and group needs for school-based health education
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan effective school-based health education programs based on a continuous learning cycle
  • Demonstrate the ability to implement health education programs based on a continuous learning cycle
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of school-based health education
  • Collaborate with others to implement a coordinated school health program
  • Act as a resource person to others regarding healthy development
  • Advocate and communicate for child health and health education needs, concerns and resources
  • Teacher practices reflectively, seeking opportunities to grow professionally

Wayne State University, College of Education
Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies

Dr. Mariane Fahlman
2161 Faculty Administration Building
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-5066,  Fax: (313) 577-5999

What is Community Health Education?

Community Health Education is an interdisciplinary social science designed to promote health and prevent disease, disability and premature death by educating individuals and communities to voluntarily change their behaviors, policies and practices. Community Health Education Specialists design, implement and evaluate health education and promotion programs at the individual, group, institutional, community and system-level to improve health knowledge, attitudes, skills and behavior.  Employment of Community Health Educators is expected to grow by 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will result from the rising cost of healthcare and the subsequent need for health promotion and disease prevention programs. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook).

What careers might I choose?

The program curriculum provides practical clinical experiences and experiential coursework to prepare students for careers in public or private agencies, local health departments, volunteer organizations, hospitals, health insurance companies, worksite/corporate health promotion and wellness programs, and a variety of community-based organizations and projects (such as smoking cessation programs, health and cancer associations, substance abuse agencies, nutrition interventions, HIV/AIDS prevention programs, and injury prevention initiatives). Some examples from area employers include:

  • Patient and family educator (hospital)
  • Community program planning specialist (local health department)
  • Health and wellness coordinator (large corporation)
  • Grant writer/administrator (non-profit organization)
  • Health curriculum developer (health insurance company)

The program will prepare students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist exam, which is given by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. and ensures that professionals are trained and qualified to plan and coordinate health education programs. More information about the exam can be found here.

To learn more about the program and speak with an advisor, please contact Academic Services.