Bachelor of Science in Health Education

Currently the Health Education major has entered impaction status, as approved by the CSU Chancellor's Office. Please refer to our Request to Change Major process information for details regarding how to change your major to Health Education.

 

Bachelor of Science in Health Education

The community health education program is designed to facilitate voluntary changes in individual health behaviors as well as to advocate for social and economic policies which lead to health promotion and disease prevention for all. This program prepares individuals to plan, implement, and evaluate programs for health and human services such as public health departments, voluntary health agencies, community-based organizations, community clinics, and hospitals.

The course work and field experience in health education have three primary objectives:

  1. To provide a theoretical and philosophical foundation in principles of community health education;
  2. To facilitate the development of professional skills in program planning, implementation, and evaluation;
  3. And to offer broad course work in personal, community, and school health.

Students are also expected to complete course work in biological, social, and behavioral sciences.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Course descriptions are available online.

 

Foundation Courses

The following foundation courses or their equivalents must be completed prior to graduation. While it is not mandatory to complete the foundation courses before taking the core courses, individuals are encouraged to work toward completion of foundation courses prior to the junior year. Students entering from the community college system, or other four-year universities, should have their transcripts evaluated by a department adviser in order to receive credit for equivalent courses taken elsewhere. To determine whether courses taken at another college or university may be accepted as foundation courses, individuals should seek the assistance of an advisor in the Department of Health Education or consult ASSIST. Some foundation courses may be counted for SFSU lower division general education credit; a GE advisor available in Undergraduate Advising can help determine this.

  • BIOL 100 Human Biology; and
  • BIOL 101 Human Biology Laboratory (1 unit); and
  • BIOL 210 General Microbiology and Public Health; and
  • BIOL 211 General Microbiology and Public Health (1 unit); and
  • MATH 124 Elementary Statistics or ISED 160 Data Analysis in Education

 

Required Courses - for students declared Health Education Prior to Fall 2014

Sequenced Courses

(Must be taken in order and not concurrently; must pass with C or better)

H ED 400 GW  The Health Education Profession

H ED 430         Community Health Education Theory

H ED 431         Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

H ED 480         Fieldwork and Reflective Seminar (9 units)

Non-Sequenced Courses

H ED 310 Health in Society (prior to Fall 2014, H ED 210 Fall 2014 and after)

    or

HH 205 Relaxation and Stress Reduction

    or

H ED 290 Promoting Positive Health

H ED 410 Organization and Function of Health Services
    or
H ED 450 Policy Issues in Health Education

H ED 420 Epidemiology

H ED 425 Introduction to Research and Statistics in Health (must be taken prior to H ED 431 and passed with C or better)

H ED 455 Community Organizing and Community Building for Health

H ED 520 Race, Class, Gender and Health Promotion

H ED 655 Environmental Health

 

Required Courses - for students declared Health Education Fall 2014 and after

Sequenced Courses

(Must be taken in order and not concurrently except H ED 400 and H ED 405, which are taken together; must pass with C or better)

H ED 400 GW  The Health Education Profession

H ED 405         Introduction to Community Health Education

H ED 430         Foundations of Community Health Education

H ED 431         Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

H ED 480         Fieldwork and Reflective Seminar (9 units)

Non-Sequenced Courses

HH 205 Relaxation and Stress Reduction

    or

H ED 290 Promoting Positive Health

    or

HH 380       Holistic Health Western Perspective

H ED 410 Organization and Function of Health Services

H ED 420 Epidemiology

H ED 425 Introduction to Research and Statistics in Health (must be taken prior to H ED 431 and passed with C or better)

H ED 455 Community Organizing and Community Building for Health

H ED 520 Structural Oppression and Social Foundations

H ED 655 Environmental Health

 

Emphasis Areas

(Please see the SFSU Bulletin for a complete list of electives for the following emphasis areas.)

Community-based Public Health

Is an approach that unites the community by organizing, empowering, and participating in shared-leadership partnerships for health. This emphasis gives students freedom to choose electives from their particular health-related area of interest. Students design programs rooted in the values, experiences, knowledge, and interests of the community itself.

Holistic Health Studies

Explores diverse cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary concepts and practices from around the world providing students with a deeper understanding of health, healing, and optimal well-being. A holistic perspective informs course content, one that recognizes the fundamental interdependence of life on this planet. Experiential learning is an essential component of the curriculum.

School Health

Fills the need of recent increases in demand for credentialed teachers in public schools. The emphasis provides essential course work that satisfies the newly developed California State Standards in Health Science. Upon graduation, students will be ready to enter the teaching credential program with virtually all course work in the single subject program completed.

 

Metro Academies Student Success Program

 

Department of Health Education - Supplemental Credential

Individuals who already possess a single subject credential in another area may add health sciences to their existing teaching credential by completing a specified number of semester hours in health sciences. Individuals seeking a supplemental credential should seek the assistance of an adviser in the Department of Health Education.

 

Undergraduate Advising

Review our Advising Flyer for Fall 2014 information.

Visit our appointment scheduling webpage to make an appointment with a Peer Mentor Advisor (PMA).

Email Undergraduate Advising: hedadv@sfsu.edu