Health promotion officers are responsible for promoting good health practices, often within the contexts of community groups, governmental health policies, educational health programs, or for the public in general. At the governmental level, health promotion officers may lobby state or federal governments for funding for particular health areas, such as domestic violence or depression. In other cases, they may organize health awareness programs for schools in areas such as diet, sexual activity and teenage pregnancy, or drug use. When involved in community or public health programs, they may write and produce public information campaigns, pamphlets, television and radio announcements, or websites. In other instances, they may provide face-to-face health advice to individuals.
Health promotion officers work in a variety of locations. Though they often have their own office, it is common for them to be on-location with other organizations, such as schools, governmental offices, community health centers, or meetings. This job requires frequent interaction with others; not only in collaboration with colleagues and developing strategies, but also in meeting with other groups and providing them information. They usually work during regular office hours and often conduct meetings on nights and weekends, as well.
A bachelor's degree in a biological, psychological, or social science is generally required for health promotion officers, and many employers prefer a degree in a more specific health field, such as public/environmental health, health promotion, or nursing.
Health Promotion Officer Tasks
- Promote and communicate health programs.
- Analyze health programs and policies to evaluate performance, effectiveness, areas of potential cost reduction, program improvement, or policy change.
- Develop, implement and manage health programs.
- Acts as a liaison to health program vendors.