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Public Health Education

By majoring in Public Health Education students will be prepared to work as a health educator in community organizations such as health departments, voluntary organizations, or service organizations, as well as in worksites and health care settings.

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Admission Requirements

Follow the curriculum for a B.A. in Public Health Education. You are required to complete a semester internship. You are also encouraged to complete a minor. Contact Dr. Braun or Patti Wilson for more information on specific course requirements.


Students majoring in public health education will be prepared to apply the seven areas of responsibility for health educators in a variety of work settings. Areas of responsibility include:

  • Assessing individual and community needs for health education
  • Planning health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  • Implementing health education strategies interventions, and programs
  • Conducting evaluation and research related to health education
  • Administering health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  • Serving as a health education resource person
  • Communicating and advocating for health and health education

Community Health - Positions such as Community Health Educator, Program Coordinator, or Health Education Consultant

  • Health Departments
  • Voluntary Health Organizations
  • Health Service Organizations

Worksite - Positions such as Health Educator, Health Promotion Manager, Wellness Coach, Health Promotion Specialist, Community Facilitator, Wellness Coordinator

  • Private companies

Health Care - Positions such as On-Site Health Educator, Community Wellness Coordinator, Patient Health Educator, Health Coach Consultant

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics


Otterbein University requires all seniors in our Allied Health, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Public Health Education, and Sport Management programs to complete an internship. This opportunity allows you to integrate your formal academic preparation with a semester-long practical work experience.

The goals of the internship program are:

  • To enhance your professional growth.
  • To further your understanding and appreciation of the role, duties, and responsibilities of a health or sport professional.
  • To further the development of a central core of values, attitudes, skills, and information related to the world of work through experiences outside the classroom and campus environment.
  • To add depth and relevance to your classroom work.
  • To enable you to gain a sense of different career fields and of specific jobs within each of these fields.
  • To improve your job-search and interviewing skills.

What is an Internship?
Internships are semester long commitments (hours requirement varies by major and site) designed to give you pre-professional associations with sponsoring organizations. Internship opportunities are available during the entire calendar year.

How Long Does the Internship Last?
The duration of the internship is based the degree requirements of your major. Please consult with your advisor well in advance to plan this aspect of your education.

Otterbein's Internship Strengths
It's all about location, location, location. Columbus, the capital city of Ohio, and its surrounding communities offer many opportunities for you to gain access to a wide variety of work settings including government, corporations, commercial, recreational, and public and private agencies.

Where Our Students Intern
Recently, our students have interned at:

  • Ohio Department of Health
  • American Cancer Society  
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital Nutrition and Fitness program
  • Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • Children's Hunger Alliance
  • The Crawford Crew
  • MACC (Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence)
  • JDRF (Diabetes Research Foundation)
  • The Ohio Commission on Minority Health


Course Checklists/Four Year Plans 

Otterbein Is a Proud Member of Eta Sigma Gamma National Public Health Honorary ESG-logo_lg-300x300

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