A health educator is someone who teaches people how to incorporate positive and healthy habits into their lives. They develop programs and materials that promote wellness, and that encourage children and adults to make healthy decisions. Health educators work in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, non-profit organizations, government, doctors’ offices, private businesses, and colleges.
What does a Health Educator do?
Health educators typically do the following:
Assess the needs of the people they serve
Develop programs and events to teach people about health topics
Create and distribute health-related posters, pamphlets, and other educational materials
Evaluate the effectiveness of programs and materials
Help people find health services or information
Supervise staff who implement health education programs
Collect and analyze data to learn about their audience and improve programs
Advocate for improved health resources and policies
The duties of health educators vary based on where they work. Most work in health care facilities, colleges, public health departments, nonprofits, and private businesses. Health educators who teach health classes in middle and high schools are considered teachers.
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Health educators work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, non-profit organizations, government, doctors’ offices, private business, and colleges. Although most health educators work in an office, they may spend a lot of time away from the office to carry out programs or attend meetings.