What Does a Health Educator Do?

Health Educators Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

Typically, Health Educators perform these tasks every day:

    Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care.

    Supervise professional and technical staff in implementing health programs, objectives, and goals.

Most days, Health Educators perform these tasks:

    Prepare and distribute health education materials, such as reports, bulletins, and visual aids, to address smoking, vaccines, and other public health concerns.

    Maintain databases, mailing lists, telephone networks, and other information to facilitate the functioning of health education programs.

    Develop and maintain health education libraries to provide resources for staff and community agencies.

    Provide program information to the public by preparing and presenting press releases, conducting media campaigns, or maintaining program-related Web sites.

    Document activities and record information, such as the numbers of applications completed, presentations conducted, and persons assisted.

Other tasks that Health Educators perform include:

    Develop, prepare, and coordinate grant applications and grant-related activities to obtain funding for health education programs and related work.

    Design and conduct evaluations and diagnostic studies to assess the quality and performance of health education programs.

    Develop operational plans and policies necessary to achieve health education objectives and services.

    Develop and present health education and promotion programs, such as training workshops, conferences, and school or community presentations.

    Design and administer training programs for new employees and continuing education for existing employees.

    Develop educational materials and programs for community agencies, local government, and state government.

    Develop, conduct, or coordinate health needs assessments and other public health surveys.

    Provide guidance to agencies and organizations on assessment of health education needs and on development and delivery of health education programs.

    Collaborate with health specialists and civic groups to determine community health needs and the availability of services and to develop goals for meeting needs.

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How Much Experience is Needed to Become a Health Educator?

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 62.17% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 30.93% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

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What Subjects Should I Study to Become a Health Educator?

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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What Skills Should a Health Educator Have?

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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What Tools and Technologies Are Health Educators Using to Do Their Job?

Photocopying equipment

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers



MEDITECH software

Blackbaud The Raiser’s Edge

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