Teach classes or speak to the public about up-to-date medical and health matters. Work with communities to provide and manage health education programs to promote healthy lifestyles and maintain those choices long-term. Help people improve their lives through the formation of mindful healthy habits. Fight against disinformation and misunderstanding to help communities make the right decisions regarding public health matters.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Create and maintain working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care.
  • Maintain databases, mailing lists, and telephone networks to facilitate the functioning of health education programs.
  • Document activities and record information, such as the numbers of applications completed, presentations conducted, and persons assisted.
  • Create and present health education and promotion programs
  • Work with health specialists and civic groups to determine community health needs and the availability of services and to make goals for meeting needs.
  • Create, conduct or coordinate health needs assessments and other public health surveys.

Recommended Credentials

Associate’s Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Nursing Degrees and Certificates
 Northwestern Michigan College

Public Health Program - Online
— North Central Michigan College

Health and Human Services - Education
— North Central Michigan College

Elsewhere in Michigan


College of Health Professionals 
Davenport University

Health Professionals Department
Ferris State University

Public Health Education
— Eastern Michigan University

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Work to improve your lifestyle choices where possible! Healthy can mean many things, from sensible nutrition decisions, to exercise, or mental health improvements. Work with your parental guardians to make a healthy plan!

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Start with NorthEd Career Tech’s Health Sciences Program to begin your career journey.

Consider getting a head start with NorthEd Early College. Apply to the Allied Health program!

Talk to your high school counselor or guardians about which option is best for you.

Pathway 2

Attend a 2-year program like the Nursing Program at NMC.

Complete your degree at a 4-year university.

Human Performance and Health Education 
— Western Michigan University

Physical and Health Education Teacher
— Western Michigan University

Pathway 3

Pursue an undergraduate or post-graduate degree.

Public Health Education
— Eastern Michigan University

Master's of Public Health in Health Education 
— Eastern Michigan University


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Community Health Consultant
  • Education Coordinator
  • Health Education Coordinator

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Real World Career Pathways

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