Health Education Specialists

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Clinical Instructor, Health Education Specialist, Health Educator, Public Health Educator

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What they do:
Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Use data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May link health systems, health providers, insurers, and patients to address individual and population health needs. May serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare and distribute health education materials, such as reports, bulletins, and visual aids, to address smoking, vaccines, and other public health concerns.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care.
  • Maintain databases, mailing lists, telephone networks, and other information to facilitate the functioning of health education programs.



  • customer service
  • administrative services

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • psychology


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others


  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it



  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software

  • Blackboard software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology

Web page creation and editing software

  • Blogging software
  • Facebook Hot Technology

Graphics or photo imaging software

  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot Technology
  • JamBoard


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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