Entry-level positions for health educators require a bachelor’s degree in health education or health promotion. These programs teach students theories and methods of health education and help students gain the knowledge and skills to develop health education materials and programs. Most programs include an internship.

Courses in psychology, human development, and a foreign language can be attractive to employers. Some positions, such as those in the federal government or in public health agencies, require a master’s degree. Graduate programs are commonly called community health education, school health education, public health education, or health promotion.

What are Health Educators like?


Based on our pool of users, health educators tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Health Educators by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 641 Sokanu users

Are Health Educators happy?


Health educators rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 74th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Health Educator Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Health Educators

The most common degree held by health educators is Community And Public Health. 14% of health educators had a degree in community and public health before becoming health educators. That is over 17 times the average across all careers. Psychology graduates are the second most common among health educators, representing 6% of health educators in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.9 times the average.

Health Educator Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Health Educator, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of health educators % of population Multiple
Community And Public Health 14.0% 0.8% 16.9×
Psychology 6.1% 6.8% 0.9×
Biology 3.4% 3.5% 1.0×
Sociology 2.6% 2.1% 1.3×
Communications 2.3% 3.3% 0.7×
Nutrition Sciences 2.2% 0.3% 8.2×
English Literature 2.0% 4.9% 0.4×
Anthropology And Archeology 1.9% 1.2% 1.5×
Business Management And Administration 1.7% 6.5% 0.3×
Physical And Health Education Teaching 1.6% 0.1% 11.5×
Social Work 1.6% 0.5% 3.2×
Miscellaneous Health Medical Professions 1.4% 0.2% 7.0×
Economics 1.4% 3.8% 0.4×
Women's Studies 1.2% 0.2% 5.8×
Fine Arts 1.1% 2.0% 0.6×
Political Science 1.1% 2.9% 0.4×

Health Educator Education Levels

46% of health educators have a master's degree. 42% of health educators have a bachelor's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 1%
Associate's degree 11%
Bachelor's degree 42%
Master's degree 46%
Doctorate degree 0%

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