Prospective Students


Dear Prospective Student,

Thank you for your interest in the Health Education major offered through the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences (HNES).

Health and education affect individuals, society, and the economy and must work together whenever possible. Schools are a perfect setting for this collaboration. Schools are one of the most efficient systems for reaching children and youth to provide health services and programs, as almost all U.S. children and youth attend school. At the same time, integrating health services and programs more deeply into the day-to-day life of schools and students represents an untapped tool for raising academic achievement and improving learning.

The Health Education major is a professional teaching preparation program designed primarily to meet the needs of those interested in a 7-12 teaching career. It is recommended that students seeking a Health Education degree consider a double major in Physical Education. Following the successful completion of required coursework, the health education student will be placed in authentic capstone experiences.  These experiences allow the student to integrate the various curricular components and best practices along with actual student teaching in a K-12 setting.  

Prior to graduating, health education students will know and be able to implement and manage the ten areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, and Whole Child Model (WSCC). With an emphasis on youth, addressing critical education and health outcomes, organizing collaborative actions and initiatives that support students, and strongly engaging community resources, the WSCC approach offers opportunities that may improve healthy development and educational attainment for students.

Graduates in health education will find career opportunities teaching in public or private educational settings, teaching health education in a variety of settings, including community programming, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses.

We look forward to meeting you and hope that you will make NDSU your future home.  Please feel free to contact any of the faculty listed below for additional information regarding the health education major.


Brad N. Strand, Ph.D.
Professor, Health and Physical Education Program Coordinator

If you are seeking information regarding any of the HNES undergraduate programs that you cannot find on our website or have specific questions about our undergraduate programs, please contact Robert Dirk, Academic Advisor for HNES, by phone (701) 231-9848 or via e-mail at .

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