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Public Health Educator  What They Do

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Provides and manages health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collects and analyzes data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching and Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Develops and presents health education and promotion programs, such as training workshops, conferences, and school or community presentations.
  • Develops and maintains cooperative working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care.
  • Develops educational materials and programs for community agencies, local government, and state government.
  • Prepares and distributes health education materials, such as reports, bulletins, and visual aids, to address smoking, vaccines, and other public health concerns.
  • Supervises professional and technical staff in implementing health programs, objectives, and goals.
  • Documents activities and records information, such as the numbers of applications completed, presentations conducted, and persons assisted.
  • Collaborates with health specialists and civic groups to determine community health needs and the availability of services and to develop goals for meeting needs.
  • Provides guidance to agencies and organizations on assessment of health education needs and on development and delivery of health education programs.
  • Maintains databases, mailing lists, telephone networks, and other information to facilitate the functioning of health education programs.
  • Designs and conducts evaluations and diagnostic studies to assess the quality and performance of health education programs.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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