Health Education Specialist

Project description
By the end of this course you should have a greater understanding of the health education profession. For the Final Project you will submit a paper that includes the following three parts: an examination of the health education field and profession, an analysis of an HIV prevention program, and the creation of a health education website focusing on heart disease. The first two parts will make up the majority of the paper that you will submit, but you will also need to supply a description of the website you create, the information it contains, and the website’s URL in your paper. It is advised that you create the description of your website before you actually build it to ensure that it contains all the required components.

Part I: Introduction to Health Education and the Health Education Profession

Discuss the historical and future trends that have impacted the need for health education.

What are at least three major historical events that shaped health education? (early cultures, middle ages, renaissance, age of enlightment, the 1800’s)
What is the focus of today’s health education? How does it differ from previous foci of health education?


Examine the roles, responsibilities, and professional resources of health education specialists.

What are the seven areas of responsibility of the profession?
How would you describe the overall role of a health education specialist?
Who receives health education? Who do health educators work with?
What are two professional resources for health educators? How can they utilize these resources?
What is a Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S)? How is certification obtained?


Describe three professional settings where you might find a health education specialist at work.

What do these settings have in common? How are they different?
Are there any additional skill sets that a health education specialist might need to work in one of these settings versus another?

Part II: HIV Prevention Program

Evaluate the HIV Prevention Program implemented by the Idaho State Department of Education by answering the following questions:

What is the main purpose of this program? How was it designed to facilitate this purpose?
Who is the target audience for this website? Who are the collaborators and stakeholders involved in this program?
What are the main components of the information provided on this website?


Evaluate the information provided on the, “HIV, Other STD, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Idaho Students” PDF.

Is the information given reliable? How can you tell?
Is it presented in a way that the target audience will understand?

Part III: Delivering Messages Using Technology and Social Media
For this part of the Final Project, you will apply technological strategies to create a website that provides health education for women at risk for heart disease. You must include a description of the website and the main topics that you will address through the website in the paper that you submit for grading. A link to the website URL must also be included so that your instructor can view and grade your website.
Your website must meet the following inclusion criteria:

A minimum of three pages total; including at least two web pages, in addition to the homepage.
A brief introduction to heart disease and its effect on your chosen population which includes data that supports the need for and purpose of this education.
A minimum of five basic tips or facts regarding heart disease and women from credible and reliable sources. All sources must be referenced and cited according to APA guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
At least three to five links to and information on various organizations that support your message and provide assistance or education to your population.
Images, videos, website links, articles, and multimedia must be incorporated (including health information and health care resources) where appropriate, to engage your viewers and educate them regarding heart disease.


Follow these quick start-up instructions and go to the website to register for and begin creating your website. Tutorials are provided when you register to help you get acquainted with this website-building platform. If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact the technical support directly, as the technical support offered within your Student Portal will not be able to assist with this outside website. If you are unable to utilize this platform to complete this portion of your assignment and have tried contacting technical support, please contact your instructor. Clearly label the website as a course assignment. It will not be searchable to the general public, but it will be public and anyone who is given your specific site link will be able to view it. Provide the required information as well as the URL to your website in your paper. Once you have received your final grade for this course, you have the option of deleting this website through your account with

The Final Project should build upon the concepts learned in Weeks One through Five of this course, and must be eight to ten pages in length (excluding title and reference pages). Utilize a minimum of eight scholarly sources, including at least three from the Ashford University Library, which are cited according to APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.



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