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Health Education

The health education major is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of school health education through the development of dispositions, knowledge and skills. To earn a degree, each student must complete the core requirements listed, then may choose courses that prepare for practice in the public school setting. The program integrates classroom and experiential community-based learning in many of its courses.

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The Program

The health education program emphasizes a student-centered approach to teaching health, emphasizing skills based learning to promote health literacy for all individual students.

Upon completion of the health education major, students will be knowledgeable with planning, implementing, administering and managing of all eight areas of a Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP). Health education majors will learn how to evaluate and assess needs for health education, and communicate and advocate for health and health education through all ten content areas.

Students must earn the designated grade for all core health education courses and must maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA) to stay in full-standing in the program.

Career Opportunities

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

Double Major -- It is recommended that health education students obtain a degree enhancement through licensing, certification, a minor or double major. The school health curriculum has been structured to allow students to obtain a physical education major during the same four year time frame.

Physical Education Major -- For further information about the physical education major, please refer to the Physical Education fact sheet.

Sample Curriculum


General Education 
    First Year Experience
1     HD&E 189 - Skills for Academic Success
3     COMM 110 -Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3, 3     ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
3     ENGL 358 - Writing in the Humanities and Social
3   Quantitative Reasoning
10   Science & Technology
6   Humanities & Fine Arts
    Social & Behavioral Sciences
3     PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology
3     SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology
3     HNES 217 - Personal and Community Health
-   Cultural Diversity
-   Global Perspective
41   Total
Credits   College/Department Requirements
1   HD&E 320 - Professional Issues
1   Total
Credits   Major Requirements
3   HDFS 135 - Family Science
3   HDFS 230 - Life Span Development or 
      PSYC 250 - Developmental Psychology
3   HNES 110 - Introduction to Health and Physical
3   HNES 200 - Principles of Nutrition or
      HNES 250 - Nutrition Science
3   HNES 341 - Psychosocial Aspects of Health
3   HNES 345 - Material and Concepts of Health
3   HNES 367 - Principles of Conditioning
3   HNES 445 - Organization and Administration of
      Coordinated School Health Programs
3   PSYC 210 - Human Sexuality
3   PSYC 212 - Psychological Aspects of Drug Use
        and Abuse
30   Total
Professional Education Requirements
Credits   School Health Option
3   EDUC 321 - Introduction to Teaching
3   EDUC 322 - Educational Psychology
3   EDUC 451 - Instructional Planning, Methods
        and Assessment
3   EDUC 481 - Classroom Practice Methods of
      Teaching I: (Health Ed K-12)
1   EDUC 485 - Student Teaching Seminar
3   EDUC 486 - Classroom Management for Diverse
9   EDUC 487 - Student Teaching
3   EDUC 488 - Applied Student Teaching
3   EDUC 489 - Teaching Students of Diverse
19   Electives
50   Total

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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Contact Information

Robert Dirk, Academic Advisor
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept #2600, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9848 / Fax: (701) 231-7174


Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
North Dakota State University
Dept #2620, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9613

Office of Admission
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Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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