Dec 07, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 
Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Education Major

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The major in health education allows students to choose one of two professional preparation options:

  1. School emphasis, 39 hours
  2. Community emphasis, 45 hours

Successful completion of the school emphasis makes the candidate eligible for K-12 teacher licensure in Michigan. Successful completion of the community emphasis prepares candidates to assume careers in non-school settings such as community health agencies and private health-related organization. Students completing the community emphasis are not eligible for a teaching license.

Students must complete the education sequence required by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies, including the intern teaching experience. Subject area tests of competence administered by the Michigan Department of Education must be passed prior to certification by that agency. In addition, School Health and Community Health majors must serve as a teaching assistant for one semester in a content specific course (i.e., HPHE 1110, 1810, 2200, 2210, 2220, 3160, 3170, 3810). Students must complete HPHE 1550, 2200, 2210, and 2220 prior to application for teaching assistantship. Candidates should obtain teaching assistant applications from the Human Performance and Health Education department office to register for this experience. School Health and Community Health majors are expected to have valid first aid and CPR certificates prior to intern teaching or an internship.

Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement

Students who choose either the School Health or Community Health emphasis will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement by successfully completing

General Education

In addition to the required hours for the options, there are required hours of General Education courses.  They are as follows:

  • School Emphasis - 39 hours
  • Community Emphasis - 37 hours

Health Education - School Emphasis

Required Cognates (17 hours)

Electives (4 hours)

Elective courses recommended for Health Education-School Emphasis students may be selected from the following:

  • Required Teaching Assistant

Health Education - Community Emphasis

Required Cognates (17 hours)

Electives (6 - 8 hours)

Elective courses required for Community Health Education majors will be fulfilled by selecting appropriate courses from the list below with the consent of a department advisor. The department from which the electives are selected should differ from the student’s minor course of study.


Other WMU courses accepted with approval of CHE faculty.

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