Health Education

Health Education Degree Requirements

Health Education Major/Minor

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. Non-health education majors may also complete coursework leading to a minor in health education.

Declare or Change to Health Education Major/Minor

Students may declare or change their major/minor to Health Education at anytime during their academic career. Here are the steps to declare or change a major/minor:

  1. Download and complete the Declaration of Major/Minor form.
  2. Return the form to the Department of Community and Public Health office in Reed Gym #242, or email
  3. Meet with Health Education faculty to discuss the major/minor requirements, academic catalog year, and course scheduling.
  4. Faculty will complete a Curriculum Change Request (CCR) form
  5. Student approves the CCR
MAJOR in Health Education

Students choosing to major in health education must complete all university General Education Requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree, all core health education requirements, and all courses from one of the two emphasis areas listed below. Students selecting the school health emphasis should 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.

Summary of Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education
  1. Completion of the university General Education Requirements, a minimum of 36 credits (see General Education Requirements and Applying to Graduate). Courses which partially or wholly fulfill both General Education Objectives and major requirements are:
    • ENGL 1102 - Critical Reading and Writing (3 credits) - OBJECTIVE 1
    • COMM 1101 - Principles of Speech (3 credits) - OBJECTIVE 2
    • MATH 1153 – Introduction to Statistics (3 credits) - OBJECTIVE 3
    • BIOL 1101,1101L - Biology I, and Lab (4 credits) - OBJECTIVE 5
    • ECON 2202 - Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits) - OBJECTIVE 6
    • PSYC 1101 - Introduction to General Psychology (3 credits) - OBJECTIVE 6
    • INFO 1101 - Digital Information Literacy (3 credits) - OBJECTIVE 8
  2. Completion of the following required courses:
    • ENGL 3307: Professional and Technical Writing (3 credits) AND
    • NTD 1139: Consumer Nutrition (3 credits) OR
    • NTD 2239: Nutrition (3 credits) (note: NTD 2239 partially satisfies Objective 5)
  3. Completion of the Health Education Major Core Requirements (21 credits).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Credits earned in a health education course with a grade of lower than a "C-" will not be counted toward graduation for a health education major.
  7. The student must also present a current first aid and CPR card to her/his faculty advisor.
Health Education Major Core Requirements (21 credits)

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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 students 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:


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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:

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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:

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MINOR in Health Education

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

Teaching Minor (21 Credits)
Non-Teaching Minor (21 Credits)


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