BS in Health Education, Public Health Option


The mission of the Health Education program is to create economic opportunity and improve quality of life for communities in the District of Columbia and beyond.


It is the vision of the Health Education program to become a world leader in developing quality research and community outreach initiatives. These initiatives will shape a generation of public health professionals who will transform the health outcomes of communities across the nation. The Health Education program is designed to prepare graduates to succeed in their chosen fields of study by helping them to develop distinctive competencies and expertise.


  1. Students will understand the history and philosophy of public health, as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society.
  2. Students understand the concepts of public health communication, including technical and professional writing, the use of mass media, and electronic technology.
  3. Students will learn the concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis. Additionally, they will learn why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.
  4. Student will demonstrate professional ethics and responsible conduct.
  5. Students will understand population health, and learn the basic processes, approaches, and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations.
  6. Students will learn the fundamental concepts of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation.

Program Requirements

The Health Education Program builds a culture of health as it prepares entry-level public health practitioners to meet the public health-related needs of the diverse population of the District of Columbia and society at large. The program prepares the students with a strong theoretical foundation that develops the necessary skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to become an effective public health or health education professional. Students have opportunities to integrate, synthesize, and apply knowledge through cumulative and experiential activities. All students complete a cumulative, integrative, and scholarly project that serves as the program’s capstone. The program requires a minimum of 120 semester hours, and the final 30 credits hours must be completed in residence at the university.


A required practicum is an indispensable part of the Health Education program. The practicum consists of three credit hours, and represents 100 hours of field-based work and a monthly in-class component. The goal of the practicum is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire skills from their concentration, apply academic theory, and garner community-based research in a practice setting. The practicum links directly to the program’s core competencies and each student’s concentration competencies. The experience provides the student with a chance to develop the following competencies:

  1. Exhibit effective written and oral skills for communicating with diverse groups of people in the context of professional public health activities.
  2. Demonstrate research-based principles and apply a scientific knowledge base to critical evaluation and decision-making in public health and health education in the community.
  3. Endorse high standards of personal and organizational integrity, consideration, candor, and respect for all people.
  4. Work collaboratively with diverse communities and constituencies (e.g. researchers, practitioners, agencies and organizations) to advance public health and health education goals.

The practicum supervisor is a critical component of the practicum experience. Effective supervisors are those who possess the following qualifications:

  • A wide range of experience in public health and health education.
  • Current occupation in work that fulfills the requirements of the practicum.
  • Supervisory experience
  • Ability to spend time with students and provide periodic advice and feedback through formal and informal evaluations, regularly scheduled meetings, and other means as described in the practicum plan.


The program requirement of an internship helps students grow personally in the context of their careers and personal goals. The internship involves students working in a professional setting under the supervision of practicing professionals. This helps students develop the work experience, skills, and knowledge of the public health and health education professions. The internships will introduce students to potential future work environments, and will help the student to decide whether the health profession meets their career wishes and interests. Students complete their internships in federal, state or local government agencies as well as private industry dealing with public health and health education.

Community Events

The Health Education program focuses on community services as a key component of the program. As such, students are encouraged to serve as volunteers in various health fairs. These educational and interactive events designed to provide basic preventive medicine and medical screening for members of the university community and the community at large. The purpose of a health fair is to educate the members of a community on health services and health issues. The Health Education program sponsors various fairs by partnering with potential employers, community organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies.


The Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education requires a minimum of 120 semester hours, with the final 30 of hours being completed in residence at the university. Students must complete all interdisciplinary general education requirements identified on the program of study. Furthermore, all major courses and ancillary science courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.” Students are also required to earn a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in all major courses.

New students (Freshman or Transfer) admitted to the university who indicate an interest in Health Education should report to the Health Education program for advisement.

Continuing students who are Health Education majors should meet with their advisors prior to the early registration period each semester for academic counseling. Students should make appointments with their faculty advisor for academic counseling at least once per semester to facilitate optimal progression through the program. This counseling should be completed prior to the regular registration periods.

Course Descriptions

Course Number Course Name Credits
IGED 110 Foundations of Writing I Gen Ed 3
IGED 120 Quantitative Reasoning I Gen Ed 3
HLTH104 Intro to History/Philosophy of Health Phys. 3
IGED 260 Discovery Science and Environmental Consciousness Lec /Lab
(Substitute for Biological Science I Lec) Gen Ed
HLTH Skills Elective Tennis I, Tennis II or Golf, or Weight Training or Weight Conditioning 1
Total 14
Course Number Course Name Credits
IGED111 Foundations of Writing II Gen Ed 3
IGED120 Quantitative Reasoning II Gen Ed 3
BIOL111 Anatomy & Physiology I Lec 3
BIOL113 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
HLTH105 Personal & Community Health 3
IGED130 Foundation of Oral Communications Gen Ed 3
Total 16
Course Number Course Name Credits
IGED210 Discovery Expository Writing in the Arts and Sciences Gen Ed 3
*SPAN Foreign Language Elective I * Spanish recommend for Public Hlth Option 3
BIOL 112 Anatomy & Physiology II Lec 3
BIOL 114 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
HLTH214 Survey of Public Health 3
PSYC 201 Principle of Psychology or Psychology of Adjustment 3
Total 16
Course Number Course Name Credits
IGED270 Diversity Discovery Gen Ed 3
FDSC104 Introduction to Nutrition Lec 3
FDSC106 Introduction to Nutrition Lab 1
HLTH204 Prevention First Aid EMS 3
*SPAN Foreign Language Elective I * Spanish recommend for Public Hlth Option 3
IGED140 Foundation Ethics & Values Gen Ed 3
Total 16
Course Number Course Name Credits
IGED250 Discovery Technology (previous Computer Appl/lab) Gen Ed 3
BIOL241 General Microbiology Lec 3
BIOL240 General Microbiology Lab 1
HLTH314 Public Health Planning 3
HLTH324 Org/Adm of School & Community Health Programs 3
HLTH Skills Elective Tennis I/II or Golf, Weight Training or Conditioning 1
Total 14
Course Number Course Name Credits
ENSC450 Environmental Health Lec 3
ENSC451 Environmental Health Lab 1
HLTH424 Sex Education 3
HLTH390 Health Education Practicum 3
IGED 280 Discovery Civics/Service/Teamwork Gen Ed 3
Business Elective 3
Total 16
Course Number Course Name Credits
HLTH405 Health/Safety in Community Populations 3
HLTH426 Drug Use and Abuse 3
HLTH465 Measurement and Evaluation 3
HLTH494 Senior Project (writing in the major) 3
IGED391/392 Frontier Exploration & Inquiry Capstone Gen Ed 3
Total 15
Course Number Course Name Credits
HLTH404 Mental Health 3
HLTH406 Consumer Health 3
HLTH417 Internship 4
HLTH493 Seminar: Health Issues 3
Total 13

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