What it is
health educator, sometimes called public health educator, community healthcare worker or school health educator, encourages healthy lifestyles and wellness by educating people about behaviors that promote healthy living and prevent diseases. They provide information about proper nutrition, exercise and how to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses.
Health educators, public health educators and community healthcare workers tailor their care to the communities they are serving. For example, they may teach programs on self-examinations for breast cancer to women or offer classes on the effects of binge drinking to college students. They must take the backgrounds of their patients, such as age, ethnicity or culture, into account when delivering care and health advice.
What it's like
Health educators work one-on-one with patients and families, but they can also work in government public health offices or nonprofit organizations. School health educators typically work in high schools and colleges and may teach classes or hold trainings. To learn more about what working in health education is like, see what Som has to say about her job as a health educator.
What it takes
Health educators, public health educators and community healthcare workers are typically required to earn a bachelor’s degree, but it depends on the employer.
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