Public Health Education and Promotion: A Career of Service with Many Opportunities

Helping individuals and communities assess and improve health holistically has never been so important. Our population is aging, millions are being infected by the coronavirus, many more suffer from chronic stress and anxiety-related disorders, while individuals and communities struggle to respond.

Public Health Education graduates provide an extremely valuable service to their fellow human beings. Health educators focus on helping groups of people, from family units to large urban communities, to develop educational campaigns and programs promoting healthy habits and environments.

A Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion is for those that are passionate and inspired to help individuals and populations prevent disease and achieve optimal physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness. Students graduate from the program with foundational knowledge in health promotion planning, implementation and evaluation.


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Why Studying Public Health Education at Pacific College

The Pacific College of Health and Science’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion (PHEP) offers students a pathway for becoming a certified health education specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (

Furthermore, Pacific College’s PHEP program brings a unique perspective of how to improve community and individual health through the lens of holistic healthcare and Chinese medicine. Students can also further differentiate their skills by completing certificates in Medical Cannabis and Health Coaching concurrently as electives within the bachelor’s degree.


As an added benefit, students start the program by studying the basics of contact tracing and case investigation. By placing these in demand skills up front, students can work on the front line of the pandemic while advancing their education.

BS PHEP At a Glance

  • 100% online
  • Prepares you for the National Commission for Health Education’s CHES exam (
  • 120 credits (transfer 30 credits or more) – 13 Public Health core courses
  • Get a Certificate in contact tracing and case investigation your first semester so you can start working!
  • Get a Certificate in Medical Cannabis or in Health Coaching while studying for your Bachelor of Science.
  • Pacific College is accredited by WSCUC

Practical Information

Meet Your PHEP Faculty!

Pacific College has a long tradition of recruiting the most highly credentialed professionals. Your Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion faculty members are no exception. Each one of them is an expert and active professional in her or his field.

Public Health Education and Promotion Career Outlook

A growing awareness of how lifestyle and environment influence our health is leading to an increasing focus on preventing illness and managing chronic diseases. Health education and health promotion professionals fill a critical role in this new vision for healthcare. They teach individuals how to stay well by living healthy lifestyles, and help mobilize communities to create healthy environments through policy, advocacy and environmental change.

As the need for innovative approaches to improving health outcomes becomes increasingly clear, the demand for health education and health promotion professionals will increase as well. Health promotion professionals work in various environments based on the industry in which they are employed.

FACT: Employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. (Source)

Graduates of the PHEP program may pursue careers in wellness and health promotion in a variety of environments such as:

Career*growth*median salary
Health Educators14.5%$53,940
Community Health Workers18.1%$38,370
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other13.2%$41,570
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators10.6%$81,630
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other11.7%$37,220
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other13.3%$73,830
Health Specialties Teachers, Post-secondary25.9%$97,870
Social and Community Service Managers18%$64,100

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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