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Health Education Curriculum

The Health Education Emphasis is designed to provide the most current information available, focusing on the future well-being of our society, to professionals who are engaged in the health education promotion of individuals and/or groups in school settings, regional, state, public or private agencies.

This emphasis prepares students for professional roles in health education and promotion. The primary objective of the curriculum is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to plan, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate behavior change programs for improving health status. Courses feature methods for diagnosing and assessing the health needs of communities and organizations; theories of health behavior and their application, the planning and design of public health programs; approaches to measuring and monitoring the implementation of interventions, and strategies for evaluating the impact of programs on cognitive, behavioral, and health status endpoints.

The Health Education Emphasis meets National Commission criteria and addresses the competencies required for C.H.E.S certification.

Initial educators who wish to extend their Wisconsin teaching license certification may complete course work within the health education emphasis to add the 910 Health License. Successful completion of the Praxis II content exam and portfolio/practicum (EDU683) in Health Education is required for additional licensure.

The 33-credit program consist of the core courses, electives and required courses:

Core Requirements

EDU 641 – Teaching and Learning across the Lifespan (3 credits)
EDU 601 – Educators as Researchers (3 credits)
EDU 602 – Structuring Inquiry: Framing and Researching a Problem
(3 credits)
EDU 603 – Data Collection and Analysis (3 credits)

Emphasis Requirements

HED 650* – Theory and foundations of Health Education (3 credits)
HED 651* – Planning and Implementation of Helath Education Programs (3 credits)
HED 652* – Evaluation and Assessment of Health Education Programs (3 credits)
HED 653 – Principles of Health Behavior (3 credits)

One of the following courses:
HED 660* – Epidemiology and Public Health Issues (3 credits)
HED 661* – Resources for Health Educators (3 credits)
EDU 646 – Administration of Adult Education Programs (3 credits)
HED 663 – Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)


EDU ELE – 6 credits

* Courses required to meet competencies for EC-A HED licensure. Students will also need to complete BIO 130, BIO 140, HSC 101, or equivalents, at the undergraduate level.

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