Undergraduate Health Education Minor
There are two options for a health minor. Students may pursue the secondary health minor which, when combined with a College of Education secondary teaching major, leads to a secondary teaching certificate in health education. They may also pursue the elementary health minor which, when combined with a College of Education teaching major in elementary education, leads to K-6 teaching certification in health education.
Health education plays an important role in the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. A minor in health education provides opportunities for involvement in school health education, as well as an introduction to a career as a health education professional in a clinical or community setting.
In the State of Michigan, a commitment has been made to a comprehensive health education curriculum, the Michigan Model. Promoted by the State departments of public health and education, the Michigan Model has been adopted by an increasing number of schools. The secondary minor in health education qualifies individuals for a health teaching endorsement in grades 6-12. The elementary minor qualifies individuals for a health teaching endorsement in grades K-6. In addition, a minor in this field may be combined with nursing or other health science fields.
The requirements for a minor in Health Education include courses in five areas:
- Professional preparation;
- Physical health (classes need to be taken in a specific order);
- Mental health;
- Personal health;
- Substance abuse.
Students must see an adviser in Health Education to file a Plan of Work prior to electing courses.
Further information may be obtained by emailing Dr. Mariane Fahlman.