Health Education Schools in Oregon - OR
Oregon has a population of 3,780,200. Of that number, 626,200 do not have health insurance. This represents 16.6% of the state’s population, and is higher than the average number of uninsured across the United States (which is 15.4% of the country’s total population). These statistics (courtesy of statehealthfacts.org) point to the need for health education and health prevention in Oregon. Those interested in working as health educators first must pursue a health education degree in Oregon. Traditionally, most beginner health educator positions require a minimum of a bachelor degree. For more advanced management, research, and professorial jobs, you’ll have to earn a graduate degree.
The Oregon Pacific Area Health Education Centers recommend high school coursework in algebra I, algebra II, and geometry; three science courses including one biological science, one physical science, and one lab course; four English units; two social studies units; and two years of a foreign language. In college, studies will include public health research and practice, social policy, health issues in different populations, community diagnosis, planning, and management and development techniques. To be recognized as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), health educators must successfully complete a certification examination offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. This is not a requirement of the state of Oregon for all health educators, but may be necessary for a specific health educator position.