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.


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.

The B.S. degree has 39 core units and twelve-fifteen units of electives to be chosen in one of the three areas described below.


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.


Foundation Courses (11 units)

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. Upon completing 48 units, please take the JEPET or ENG 414. Students must pass the JEPET or ENG 414 before enrolling in H ED 431. Effective Fall 2009: if you have not taken the JEPET exam, you may enroll in a GWAR course (example: H ED 400) that will satisfy the requirement the JEPET used to serve. Please see an adviser for details.

On–line course descriptions are available.

  • BIOL 100 Human Biology (3 units); and
  • BIOL 101 Human Biology Laboratory (1 unit); and
  • BIOL 210 General Microbiology and Public Health (3 units); and
  • BIOL 211 General Microbiology and Public Health (1 unit); and
  • MATH 124 Elementary Statistics (3 units) or ISED 160 Data Analysis in Education (3 units)


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).

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