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By Christine Hollander School of Health Sciences
A health educator teaches individuals and communities behaviors that promote wellness and works to develop and implement strategies for better health.
As health care costs increase, employment of health
educators is expected to grow. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics,
employment of health educators and community health workers is expected to
increase 13% between 2014 and 2024, which is faster than the average of all
Heath educators “collect and analyze data to identify the need of a
community prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs
designed to encourage health lifestyles, policies, and environments” (SOPE,
2016). They may also assist in administering fiscal resources for
health education programs with other health professionals or through specialized
Health educators typically promote health and wellness by:
A health educator works one on one with individuals and/or families
to teach patients about their diagnosis and educate them about treatments or
procedures. Health educators are navigators who help patients understand health
insurance options and direct them to outside resources, such as support groups
or home health agencies.
Work settings for health educators vary; they include government
facilities, hospitals, ambulatory health care, grantmaking services, and professional
organizations. Health educators usually need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree
in health education or health promotion and typically some type of on-the-job
training. In some instances a master’s or doctoral degree may be necessary in a
school or community health program.
Many health educators seek credentialing as a Certified
Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission for HealthEducation Credentialing, Inc., once they have met the academic requirements for
Christine Hollander is a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences. The views expressed in this
article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan
Health Educators and the Future of Health
Future for Public Health Professionals–Emerging Public Health Jobs
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