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What Is A Health Educator And What Do They Do?
Health educators work to help individuals and groups of people improve their health. They begin by diagnosing the health needs of a group or an individual.

Health educators inform people about the causes and prevention of these health problems/needs. Then they design programs to help the individuals and groups meet their needs. These programs may require the health educator to teach classes and make presentations, design pamphlets, counsel individuals, organize community groups.



Where Do Health Educators Work?
Health Educators Work At:
  • health departments
  • hospitals
  • schools
  • businesses (worksites)
  • nonprofit health-related agencies
  • American Cancer Society
  • health maintenance organizations (HMO's)

Which Personal Skills Are Needed For A Career in Health Education?
  • good communication skills (written and oral)
  • ability to relate to people from various cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds
  • belief that a healthy lifestyle is very important
  • successful health educators have a sincere desire to help others

What Type Of Training Is Required To Become A Health Educator?
  • Entry level positions require a four-year degree from a college offering a health education curriculum.
  • Many health educators find that a master's degree is helpful in "moving up the ladder" in their profession.

Which Colleges In North Carolina Offer A Health Education Degree?

What Is The Expected Salary For A Health Educator?
Typically, entry level health educators make approximately as much money as teachers. This varies according to the setting. The average starting salary (without experience) is $21,000.


Prepared by: Natalie Edwards, M.A. Ed.
Reference: The North Carolina Health Careers, 1994
published by North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program


For More Information Concerning East Carolina University's Health Education Programs Contact David M. White, Ed.D.








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