Welcome to the Department of Health Education

Thank you for visiting the Department of Health Education’s website. While exploring our website, you will see that the department has a wide array of academic degree programs, faculty, and projects.

 

Administratively housed in the College of Health & Social Sciences, the Department of Health Education was originally founded to educate elementary and secondary school health education teachers. Since that time, the department has blossomed, and it currently offers a Bachelor’s of Science degree in health education with emphases in community-based health, holistic health, and school health.

 

In terms of minor fields, we offer a health education minor, holistic health minor, and a women’s health minor. The holistic health program also offers a certificate program. At the graduate level, we offer a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in community health education, which is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). We serve over 2000 students each semester in our classes and we have 300 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students.

 

We have approximately 18 full–time faculty members and a number of part-time lecturers. Many of our faculty members have training in health education and others have training in related fields, reflecting both the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of the health education field. All faculty members are engaged in research and/or community projects. We invite you to get to know our faculty better by viewing the profiles on this website, and contacting individual faculty if you so choose.

 

Besides the academic programs, our department is involved in two large scale externally funded projects. Both of these projects are housed in Community Health Works, which is a partnership of SF State and City College of San Francisco. More information about the Metro Health Academy (MHA) and Welcome Back can be found under the Department Funded Projects tab on this website.

 

Thank you again for visiting our website. Should you have any questions, please contact individual faculty members or write to our department office staff at hed@sfsu.edu.

 

Sincerely,

Mary Beth Love, Ph.D., Professor & Chair

Mickey Eliason, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Associate Chair

 

Mission Statement

The Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University promotes individual and community health, health equity, and social justice in urban communities through community-based research, advocacy, and the preparation of public health leaders. We provide a participatory learning environment that integrates theory and practice, honors diversity, and fosters leadership, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills.

 

History

The Department of Health Education, originally known as the Department of Health and Safety Education, was organized in 1949 as a department within the Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. The primary program areas of the department at that time were: 1) a major and minor in school health education; 2) school health education courses for elementary education majors; and 3) school health education courses designed specifically for physical education majors.

 

In 1962, with the passage of the Fisher Bill related to the credentialing of teachers in California, health education was recognized as a single subject, and increasing numbers of students majored in health education in preparation for teaching in public schools. In addition to the credential major in health education, the department offered a liberal arts major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, continued to offer special health education courses for elementary and physical education majors.