Health Education Specialist

The health education specialist concentration is based on the Seven Areas of Responsibility, which include competencies and subcompetencies that define the role of the health education specialist. The concentration showcases competency-based skills and provides professionals a competitive edge to employers. Students will gain foundational knowledge in the field of public health education and health promotion, including program planning, implementation, evaluation and management, and other health education specialist competencies. Students will learn about specific health education strategies for effectively delivering community and school-based health education interventions.

 This concentration does not meet the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements, and thus does not qualify a student to apply for a Dietetic Internship.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 25 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.

Required courses 24 credit hours

EXW 102 Principles and Foundations of Health Education and Health Promotion (3)
EXW 340 Health Behavior Theory (3)
EXW 348 Methods of Health Education (3)
EXW 452 Health Advocacy in Health Education (3)
EXW 454 Health Promotion Program Planning and Implementation (3)
EXW 456 Health Promotion Program Evaluation (3)
EXW 466 Health Promotion Program Management and Administration (3)
EXW 476 Community Health (3)

Elective 1 credit hours

EXW 321 Consumer Health (1)
EXW 331 Violence Prevention (1)
EXW 341 Health Education Methods for Injury Prevention (1)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.






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