Bachelor of Science in Health Education

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in 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 work as public health professionals at individual, community and structural levels for health equity and social justice. The program provides a participatory learning environment that integrates theory, research and practice, honors diversity through a cultural humility lens, and fosters collaboration, critical thinking and communication skills.

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; and
  3. 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 Bachelor of Science in Health Education has 11 units of prerequisites, 42 core units and 9 - 12 emphasis elective units to be chosen in one of the three areas described below. The program curriculum is designed in four semester tiers, where the content, knowledge, and skills required for students are scaffolded both within the courses offered in that semester and sequential semester.


Although the Department is in impaction status, as approved by the CSU Chancellor's Office, we are currently accepting applications for Fall 2020. The CSU Chancellor's Office defines impaction as "the number of applicants exceeding the number of available spaces in an academic program." The following is information for prospective Health Education students interesting in majoring in Health Education.

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Health Education Major Mandatory Orientation Information Sessions for Spring 2021 Academic Admission

All students interested in applying to the Health Education major must RSVP and attend an information session in order to receive an application. An overview of the Health Education major program, requirements and expectations will be presented and an application to apply to the major will be distributed via to your SFSU email a week after you have attended the information session. To attend an information session and learn more about the program and application process, please RSVP* using the link provided for the session you want to attend.

Fall 2020 Information Session dates are listed below. To sign up, please click on the below, which will redirect you to Qualtrics to continue the process.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Wednesday, September 29th, 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Tuesday, October 14th, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Applications will be accepted until enrollment maximum is filled.

Future SF State Students

The following is information for prospective Health Education students applying to SF State for Fall 2020.

Freshman and Lower Division Transfers: Applications to the Health Education major are closed for Freshman and Lower Division Transfer Students. Students should apply to either an alternative major or as Undeclared and then apply to enter the major before your Junior year with a minimum of 60 units. Follow the steps outlined above for currently attending SFSU students.

Upper Division Transfers: Upper division transfer students apply directly to the Health Education major when applying to SF State. Select Health Education as your primary major on your SF State application. Submission of a supplemental application to our Department is not required.

Degree Requirements

View more about the requirements in the SF State Bulletin.


First-Time Student Roadmap (4 Year)

This roadmap opens in the SFSU Academic Bulletin.

Transfer Student Roadmap (2 Year)

For students with an AS-T in Public Health Science. This roadmap opens in the SF State Academic Bulletin.

Health Education Program Roadmap Flier

For students accepted to the Health Education program. This flier was updated September 2019.