The Social and Behavioral Sciences programs are designed for people with a passion for making a difference in the lives of others.
Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our business degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your business career to a higher level.
Whether you want to enter the field of criminal justice or need credentials to advance your career, Kaplan University's criminal justice degree programs are designed to help you achieve your goal.
Our degree programs and certificates could help prepare you to teach diverse learners a broad range of academic content and educational foundations.
Our comprehensive fire science programs offer the flexibility of online learning, ideal for individuals in the fire science and emergency management fields who may work inconsistent hours.
You could acquire real-world knowledge and practical skills and prepare for a career in the health care industry by earning a health sciences degree, diploma, or certificate.
Our programs in legal studies, paralegal studies, and environmental policy are designed to fit your educational goals.
Our nursing degree and certificate programs are taught by practicing professionals who are dedicated to helping you prepare for real-world challenges in nursing.
Kaplan University's IT programs are designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to start or advance your technology career.
Kaplan University offers over 180 degree and certificate programs all available to military, veterans, and spouses of active duty members. In addition, several programs have been developed to complement specific military occupations or programs established by the military.
The Kaplan University School of General Education courses support the academic, social, personal, and professional development of learners throughout their engagement with the University.
Open College at Kaplan University (OC@KU) offers individualized, affordable education that integrates technology and personalized service to help learners meet their career, academic, and personal goals.
Offering the flexibility of online education and support for military students.
Every day, talented individuals are proving it's never too late to think about the future.
Learn more about becoming an international student at US-based and accredited Kaplan University.
Learn about transferring your previously earned college credits to Kaplan University.
We have partnered with many employers and educational institutions to provide their employees and students with education opportunities.
Corporate and Academic Partners
Kaplan University is dedicated to the support, engagement, and involvement of our graduates.
Resources for current Kaplan University students.
We have 15 ground locations across the country. Explore our locations to see if we're in your neighborhood.
Learning Center Experience
health care industry continues to advance in terms of research, treatment
options, medication, and diagnostic capabilities, the health challenges of our
nation continue to evolve. For instance, according to the National Center
for Health Statistics, the leading causes of death today are far different than they were in
1950 or 1920. Industrialized nations have minimized the outcomes for infectious
illnesses, leaving chronic disease as our number one killer. “By helping us
address preventable diseases in a variety of ways, health educators are today’s
advocates for healthier individuals, families, and communities,” said Matthew Caines,
DHEd, MPH, CHES, Kaplan University’s department chair for public health, health
education, health informatics, and health information management.
interested in health sciences careers, a degree in health education could
provide diverse opportunities.* It is estimated that there are almost 100,000 health educators
and community health workers in today’s workforce, and according to the Bureau of
Labor Statistics, employment of health educators is expected to grow by 21%
through 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This
predicted growth is due to national efforts to improve health outcomes and
reduce health care costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors
and how to utilize available health care services.
general, health educator positions can be found in businesses, industries,
hospitals, health care organizations, nonprofits, public health departments,
schools, and universities. “One illustration of the growing prevalence of
health education in our country is the increase in worksite wellness programs available to employees in
companies and business that are not within the health industry,” said Dr. Caines.
Dr. Caines pointed out that this development has been impacted by the Affordable Care
Act (ACA) as
health education professionals have been identified as key players in
implementing the ACA.
health educator positions are multifaceted and multidimensional, health
educators share commonality in the goals and tactics they use to do their jobs.
“In short, a health educator’s goal is to maximize the number of healthy years
an individual has and minimize the unhealthy years,” said Dr. Caines. To see if
a health educator role might be in your future, Dr. Caines recommends reviewing
the following general job objectives of a health educator and asking yourself
whether your abilities and interests coincide:
Objective #1: Improve health of individuals and
communities: Are you resourceful and good
at planning and implementing programs?
Objective #2: Focus on prevention and cut costs: Can you see yourself assessing needs, assets
and capacities in order to create programs that generate results?
Objective #3: Offer knowledge to complement others: Would you be interested in being a resource
for health education? Are you a good communicator and advocate for others?
Objective #4: Addressing risks for future: Do you enjoy research and evaluation?
University focuses on providing a strong education in health management and
public health. At the same time, we provide a global, holistic, and
comprehensive approach to training,” said Dr. Caines. “To be a successful
health educator, graduates need to be familiar with the health industry but also
have strong communication skills and a foundational understanding of the
business world,” he added.
Public Health and Health Education: What’s the Difference?
How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Public Health and Education
Did you find this article interesting? If so, share it!
And if you are considering pursuing higher education, we invite you to find out more about Kaplan University’s programs and explore our undergraduate and graduate degree offerings.
* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
KU Facebook Page
KU Twitter Page
KU YouTube Channel
KU Google+ Page
KU LinkedIn Page
KU Pinterest Page
KU Instagram Page
Registered User Login
Student Consumer Information
LEARNING AT KAPLAN UNIVERSITY