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Welcome to Health Education and Promotion (HEP) at Boise State


Health education specialists help individuals and communities live, work and play in healthier ways.

Health education specialists work for voluntary health agencies, local and state health departments, public/community agencies, health care agencies, worksites, university health centers, and public schools (if a licensed teacher). Our graduates work in a wide variety of employment settings.

This short video, created by Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) provides a good overview of what are the types of jobs health education specialists do.

Job outlook for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook indicates positive employment opportunities for health education specialists.

Did you know in 2015 TIME Magazine named health and wellness education as one of the fastest growing, high-paying careers for the future? The profession is projected to have faster than average job growth through 2022 at 21%. To read the full article click

This is an exciting time for our profession because of the increased focus on prevention. According to the Society for Public Health Education (2013) the Affordable Care Act brings many new employment opportunities for health education specialists,

What is a health education and promotion?

Health education and promotion is concerned with enabling the development of life-skills, self-concept, and social skills and environmental intervention through a broad range of political, legislative, fiscal and administrative means. We work to create supportive environments because they will have the greatest impact in producing lasting positive health behavior change.

The Health Education and Promotion (HEP) degree is designed to prepare students for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination through the experiential development of professional skills and competencies.

  • Admission to Health Education and Promotion (HEP) Program.   When you have finished (including current classes) the classes listed for your freshman and sophomore year then it is time to meet with Dr. Spear about admission to the HEP program. Criteria for admission to the HEP program include completion or almost completion of  the first two years of the course work with a 2.5 GPA or better and a successful interview with Dr. Spear.  For the interview bring your resume, your health education philosophy, your career goals and a current CPR for Professional Rescuer & First Aid card.  If you need a CPR class take a look at they offer a 10% discount for students.
  • Upon successful completion of these requirements you will be one step closer to completing your degree.
  • It is important for you to meet with your advisor every semester so you can better plan for your career and stay updated on  any class changes. We have some flexibility with classes and I want you to graduate in a timely manner.