Q&A: Saint Leo's New BS in Health Education and Health Promotion Program
Learn about Saint Leo University's new Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Health Promotion for the lowdown on this exciting health education degree.
In the fall of 2020, Saint Leo University is excited to unveil a new degree program within the ever-growing health discipline. This is a first for the university in its 131-year history.
This new undergraduate degree program is the Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Health Promotion. Th health education program helps prepare students for careers in a wide range of health education and promotion roles.
We recently caught up with Dr. Kathy Van Eerden, associate dean of the College of Health Professions at Saint Leo University, to learn more about this health education degree program.
A: I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I earned my PhD in Leadership in Higher Education from Cardinal Stritch University.
In addition to my career in academia, I a registered nurse with experience in medical and surgical nursing, population health, school health, and home care.
A: I have spent of my career in nursing education s an educator and associate dean I was dean of Nursing and Health Sciences where I oversaw respiratory therapy program helped launch a new bachelor's program was closely involved in framing the broad curriculum for that new program.
A: application of teaching and learning strategies to help improve the health and wellness of people within a particular community. In health education, work is done across a wide range of populations and within a variety of settings.
It's important to realize that health education involves the concept of educating others health
A: While Saint Leo University has a long history across many disciplines, had never formally pursued
Given the demand for health professions and projections for the future, Saint Leo wanted to meet the call. ealth professions align well with our core values and mission
In addition, there is a strong interest in health professions within the community This field is also in the spotlight with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic .
A: We are looking for students who are interested in and have a deep passion for health and wellness but may not have a desire to work as a clinician . teaching and education health promotion.
A: This health education degree program is launching in the fall of 2020. It will be offered on ground at University Campus. However, we do plan to offer an online version of this program in
Thanks to our student-instructor ratio, our faculty are available to work with students
A: The coursework covers a broad range of topics across the health education and health promotion spectrum.
I should also mention that the first This give students a the health and prepares them the core courses on health education and health promotion.
A: There is a voluntary national certification which graduates of this program may pursue. pass exam become Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). mployers and hiring agencies see this certification as a desirable .
Our program aligns with the national standards for health educators, so we are confident that students will be prepared the exam should they choose to pursue it.
A: our College of Education and Social Services
This program is a true collaboration and interdisciplinary effort as we are leveraging the strengths offaculty
A: This program is unique in We have faculty who are experts in wellness and provided significant input into the development of the curriculum. We have a strong emphasis on the education-based coursework in terms of preparing students for a wide range of teaching opportunities. We also focus on brain-based learning, working with a diverse group of learners, and best practices
A: The settings for this career field include:
A: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health education is considered a "bright outlook occupation." It's projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is significantly faster than many other occupations. A big part of this growth will be driven by new technology and evolving healthcare services.
The BLS also states that the latest figure on median annual wage for this field is $55,220. The lower 10 percent of this group in terms of income earned less than $32,890 annually, while the higher-tiered 10 percent earned at least $98,680.
A: There are several graduate degree programs a student who earns this bachelor's degree could pursue. One is a Master of Public Health. An MBA in a health-related specialization could also be an option.
Of course, could pursue a physician's assistant program or a range of other healthcare programs