Health advisors use their knowledge of health-related subjects to promote positive health behaviors on behalf of their employer. These professionals may work in many types of organizations, such as corporations, hospitals, government agencies or wellness centers. They help plan, implement and monitor health-related measures among the patient, community or employee population, as well as review progress and conduct consultations with individuals as needed. Other programs with which health advisors may be involved include occupational health, work-related injuries and accident prevention. They may also be in charge of conducting in-house training for employees on health and safety issues, as well as creating newsletters and bulletins on health-related issues.
When employed by corporations, health advisors are usually part of the human resources department. When working for local government agencies, they focus on the health of the entire community; this includes conducting community programs to provide health information that is relevant and easy to understand. For any type of employer, health advisors must have an up-to-date knowledge of relevant health and safety issues; they must stay informed of new developments related to health as well. They may attend trainings and conferences to help build their skills and knowledge.
Employers generally require that their health advisors have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in public health, nursing or another relevant field. Previous experience is generally required or preferred as well. They must have interpersonal and leadership skills, as well as written and oral communications skills and proficiency with basic computer programs.
Health Advisor Tasks
Educate individuals by assisting in the management and prevention of illness and disease.
Counsel individuals on basic rules of good nutrition and healthy eating habits.
Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling.
Prepare and distribute health education materials, including bulletins, and visual aids.