The minor in Healh Education prepares students to teach about health and related issues in a middle or high school setting. This minor does not result in a license for teaching health education in the state of Minnesota. However, some states do acknowledge the completion of a minor as a sufficient qualification for formal teaching of health education.
Why should I study health education?
As an ambassador for health and wellness, you’ll play a critical role in health promotion and referral. Critical topics addressed include the following, with a view toward preventing disease and making positive lifestyle choices: Alcohol and drug use/abuse, mental health issues, violence, child abuse, nutrition, eating disorders, physical activity, and human sexuality.
What can I do with this degree?
Graduates who qualify for a health Education 5-12 license later on currently work as:
- Teachers and/or coaches in public and private school across the U.S., including at the college level
- Teachers or directors of recreational activity programs (e.g., YMCA, camps, community recreation programs)
- School health coordinators
- Community health educators or specialists
- Leaders in community health agencies (American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, etc.)
- Federal, state, county, or local government employees
- Hospital or medical clinic staff
- Senior healthcare facility staff
Some alumni have gone on to graduate programs in:
- Educational leadership
- Occupational therapy
- Physician assistant
- Physical therapy
- Public health (epidemiology, environmental health, etc.)
What skills will I develop?
- Critical thinking
- Effective collaboration and communication with others
- Methods for teaching health topics
- Educational psychology
- Understanding personal and public health issues
- Integration of Christian faith with scientific and ethical study
- Classroom management
- Addressing the whole person of your learners