Health Careers >> Browse Articles >> Health Education / Nutrition


5 Steps to Becoming a Health Educator

5 Steps to Becoming a Health Educator


Step 4: Consider an Advanced Degree

Graduate health education programs are often offered under titles such as community health education, school health education, or health promotion and lead to a Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Education, or a Master of Public Health degree. Many students pursue their master’s in health education after majoring or working in another related field, such as nursing or psychology. A master’s degree is required for most health educator positions in public health.

A graduate degree is usually required to advance past an entry level position to jobs such as executive director, supervisor, or senior health educator. These positions may spend more time on planning and evaluating programs than on their implementation, but may require supervising other health educators who implement the programs. Health educators at this level may also work with other administrators of related programs. Some health educators pursue a doctoral degree in health education and may transfer to research positions or become professors of health education.

Find a School

Master’s and doctoral degree programs in health education are offered by colleges, universities and schools of public health, medicine, allied health, public administration and business administration.

How to Choose a Graduate School

Are You Ready for Graduate School?

Prepare Your Application and Recommendations

Graduate programs are even more selective than undergraduate programs, so it is imperative that your application and recommendations are in order in advance. Have peers, advisors, and parents read over your application and admissions essays to be sure there are no grammatical errors and to help clarify your ideas. As for letters of recommendation months in advance, and be sure to include an addressed, stamped envelope so your recommender can easily send in their letter.

Get Into Graduate School

The Dos and Don’ts of Requesting College Recommendations

Maximizing Your Application

Common College Application Mistakes

Mastering The Graduate School Interview

Pass the Required Standardized Test

Most graduate degree programs require the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) in order to be admitted. Although there are other standardized tests a college may ask for, the GRE is the most popular. Studying for the GRE is similar to studying for other standardized tests like the SAT or ACT.

GRE Strategy: Overview

What Your GRE Score Means

Continue to Step 5: Find Your First Job

AllHealthcare School Finder

Save time in your search for a degree program. Use AllHealthcare's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.