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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.


What is a health education specialist?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, in interviews with economic forecasters, academic experts, and business analysts, has identified five up-and-coming majors we are likely to see at more colleges in the coming years. They are: service science, health informatics, computational science, sustainability, and public health/health education & promotion.  “Five college majors on the rise,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 31 2009. Retrieved July 19, 2012.  Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook indicates positive employment opportunities for health education specialists.

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 me 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.  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.
  • 100% of Health Education and Promotion graduates have passed the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) national exam. For more information go to