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MSN – Health Education
At a Glance
Health education programs train students how to educate patients and communities disease prevention, healthy lifestyles, preventing injuries, and other health issues. Health educators typically work closely with physicians, nurses, and other staff to create educational programs or materials. Students obtaining a health education degree prepare to serve in various educational roles and use appropriate strategies and methods to facilitate the improvement of policies and procedures.
How to Become a Health Educator
- Complete an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
- Earn a Registered Nurse Certification.
- Enroll and complete a MSN in health education.
- Obtain certification in health education and proper licensure (requirements vary by state).
Health Education Program Description
- Students study concepts and methods of health education to develop the skills necessary to implement health education programs.
- Program requirements typically include taking courses in psychology, human development, and a foreign language.
- Coursework emphasizes structures that provide individuals, groups, and communities the opportunity to obtain information and skills needed to make quality health decisions.
- Before graduation, health educators gain experience through internship and volunteer opportunities offered at various healthcare settings.
Health Education Salary and Career Information
- Estimated Salary: $28,837 – $64,191 (determined by place of employment and area of specialty), according to Payscale.com.
- Job Setting: Hospitals, private offices, outpatient centers, emergency and community-based health services, primary care clinics, and schools.