The Health Education 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:
EDU641: Teaching and Learning across the Lifespan (3 credits)
EDU601: Educators as Researchers (3 credits)
EDU602: Structuring Inquiry: Framing and Researching a Problem (3 credits)
EDU603: Data Collection and Analysis (3 credits)
HED650: Theory and foundations of Health Education* (3 credits)
HED651: Planning and Implementation of Health Education Programs* (3 credits)
HED652: Evaluation and Assessment of Health Education Programs* (3 credits)
HED653: Principles of Health Behavior (3 credits)
One of the following courses:
HED660: Epidemiology and Public Health Issues (3 credits)
HED661: Resources for Health Educators* (3 credits)
EDU646: Administration of Adult Education Programs (3 credits)
HED663: Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)
EDUELE: Elective (6 credits)
*Courses required to meet competencies for EC-A HED licensure. Students will also need to complete BIO130, BIO140, HSC101, or equivalents, at the undergraduate level.