Local Public Health Educator

Local public health educators make up about 10% of the local public health workforce (2001). They promote and improve health by teaching individuals, families, groups and communities how to assume responsibility for addressing health and health care issues. Health educators provide expertise in shaping messages about the health issues affecting their communities, including both communicable and chronic diseases. They use teaching, communication skills and knowledge about their communities to improve health knowledge, attitudes and skills to achieve individual and community behavior change to improve health status.

Qualifications:

  1. a baccalaureate degree in health education, health science, public health, health promotion, community health, or health communications from a regionally accredited or New York State-registered college or university; or
  2. a baccalaureate degree in education, nursing, epidemiology, wellness and fitness, or nutrition from a regionally accredited or New York State-registered college or university and one year experience in health education;
  3. a baccalaureate degree in marketing, human services, social work or psychology from a regionally accredited or New York State-registered college or university and two years experience in health education; or
  4. a Master's degree in public health or health education from a regionally accredited or New York State-registered college or university.

Related links: