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The minor in health 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 an important 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 later qualify for a health education 5-12 license work as:

  • Teachers in public and private school across the U.S.
  • 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:

  • Education
  • Educational leadership
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • 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

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

We encourage you to combine your knowledge and skills in health education with your major of study in your experiences inside and outside the classroom.


Health and Physical Education graduates achieved National recognition for their scholarship, leadership, and service, most recently in 2017


exercise science students who won first place awards at the American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter’s Research Symposium

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