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

“Be Bronco Healthy” at the Boise State Health Fair on
Wednesday November 19, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The 18th Annual Boise State Health fair is in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom, is free, and open to the public.

The Boise State University health promotion students present the fair; this interactive event includes a variety of exhibitors providing information on multiple aspects of health, nutrition, fitness, mental health, alternative medicine, stress reduction, time management, and financial planning.

Come take part in free health screenings including fitness, hearing, vision, HIV, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Flu shots are free with insurance or $25 cash. Pharmacy Take-back provides a secure, environmentally safe, non-judgmental, and non-reportable method to dispose of unwanted, unneeded, and/or expired medications and drugs.

We have 70 exhibitors including the Cooking Matters team from the Idaho Foodbank, Blue Cross of Idaho, Tree City Juice, Central District Health, American Red Cross, Costco, United Dairymen of Idaho, Treasure Valley Hearing and Balance, Boise Bike Share, Primary Health, Shu’s Idaho Running Company, and Your Health Idaho.

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.

Kayla Duke, KINES 240 SP 13, created this video to help answer the question “What is health education & promotion?”

What is a health education specialist?

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

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 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.  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.
  • Health Education and Promotion graduates have the curriculum background to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) national exam. For more information go to