What Do Health Educators Do?
Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness and encourage people to make healthy decisions. Health educators promote and improve individuals’ and community health by identifying disease risk behaviors and developing programs that help people adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. Program development may include collecting and analyzing data to determine the scope of problems and the community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs and campaigns designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. Health educators also serve as a resource to assist other health care professionals and organizations in program development and implementation.
To learn more about health educators, please go to: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm
Where Do Health Educators Work?
Health educators often work for local, state, or federal government agencies. Many others work in hospitals, schools, colleges, workplaces, public health settings, individual and family services agencies, and outpatient care centers.
What Do Health Educators Earn?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2017, the median annual income for health educators in New York was $52,250 (entry-level: $34,320, experienced: $66,840), which is slightly higher than the national median annual income for health educators of $51,480.
Supply and Demand
Between 2014 and 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the total number of health educator jobs in New York will increase by 18.9%, and by 12.2% nationwide.
For more information on the need for the health educators by New York State labor regions, click here.
Health educators need a bachelor’s degree for entry-level positions. Most health educators hold master’s degrees. There are some formal programs in health education, but many health educators graduate from educational programs in nursing, public health, or related fields. Some employers may require the certified health education specialist credential (see below).
New York Licensure Requirements
New York does not license health educators. Special certification is available for a certified health education specialist (CHES) from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). A CHES must get recertified every five years based on documentation of participation in 75 hours of approved continuing education activities, with 45 of these credits from preapproved designated providers and the remaining 30 credits from other providers. For more information on the certification exam and process, click here.
The Association of School of Public Health manages several regular internship and fellowship programs throughout the year. For more information go to: https://fellowships.aspph.org.
Education Programs in New York (subject to change)
820 Comstock Ave.
Women’s Bldg. Room 201
Syracuse, NY 13244
City University of New York
School of Urban Public Health
2180 Third Ave
New York, NY 10035
School of Education
125 Health Dome
900 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550
|Teachers College-Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027-6696
|New York Medical College
School of Health Sciences and Practice
Valhalla, NY 10595
|Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
(914) 395-2602 or (914) 337-0700
|Long Island University-Post
Dept. of Health, Physical Education, and Movement Science
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548
Moffett Center, Room 105
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045-0900
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
State University of New York
216 Houston Gym
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
City University of New York Department of Health Sciences
Gillet Hall, Room 334
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468
Additional Web Links
For more information on health educators, go to
Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health: http://www.aspph.org/
Society of Public Health Education: http://www.sophe.org/
American Public Health Association: www.apha.org