Health Education Specialists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+11.4% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Health Education Specialists Do

Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Use data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May link health systems, health providers, insurers, and patients to address individual and population health needs. May serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

Other Job Titles Health Education Specialists May Have

Certified Diabetes Educator, Clinical Instructor, Community Health Consultant, Education Coordinator, Health Education Coordinator, Health Education Specialist, Health Educator, Health Promotion Specialist, Public Health Educator, Public Information Officer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Associate ,

The Pew Charitable Trusts

A great day at work for me includes connecting with experts or community members and learning about challenges and potential solutions related to big public health issues like access to safe drinking water. I review articles published in health journals and summarize information for reports and presentations. I also help plan meetings designed to share lessons learned in the field by public health practitioners.

Public Health Specialist ,

Austin Public Health

I typically work in a clinic or out of a mobile van and test people for HIV and STDs. I talk with clients about their risk factors and work with them to come up with ways they could protect themselves from sexually transmitted disease. I perform the testing and interpret results and discuss their results with them.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Prepare and distribute health education materials, such as reports, bulletins, and visual aids, to address smoking, vaccines, and other public health concerns.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care.
  • Maintain databases, mailing lists, telephone networks, and other information to facilitate the functioning of health education programs.
  • Document activities and record information, such as the numbers of applications completed, presentations conducted, and persons assisted.
  • Develop and present health education and promotion programs, such as training workshops, conferences, and school or community presentations.

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